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The appointed time is short!

Scripture reading for August 9th: 1st Corinthians 7, Psalm 8, Proverbs 3

1st Corinthians 7: 25-31 “Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.”

Paul, out of love and concern for the believers, writes to them with compassion from the sincerity of his heart. He honestly believes that the time of Christ’s promised return is very near. The circumstances of the culture of his time were very like those of the day we live in. Marriage was lawful and proper between believers. Yet, in tough times, the unmarried can devote more fully to serving the Lord and spare themselves some trouble and heartache. Believers must maintain a very loose grip on the world and its goods and attractions. All of life and our possessions are temporary. The world in its present form is indeed passing away, and the time is short! God’s love is eternal and He alone is worth worshipping!

Psalm 8:1-2 “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, You have established strength because of Your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.”

Prayer: Father God, Your Name is majestic, holy and above all that this earth and world has to offer! We honor You and praise You alone. Help me today to hold this world’s goods with an open hand and keep me from idolatry in relationships, placing You first in everything! Thank You for these instructions from Your Word and Your Father’s love and discipline. May I delight You in my journey to Your eternal house!

Proverbs 3:11-12 “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of His reproof, for the Lord reproves him who He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

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Judgment for the generations!

Scripture reading for December 27th: Job 31-33, Psalm 102, Revelation 19

Revelation 19: 1-4 “After this I heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of His servants.” Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God Who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

God had called in Revelation 18:30 for rejoicing in heaven from the saints, apostles and prophets over God’s just judgment of Babylon. Chapter 19 begins with a great multitude in heaven loudly shouting “Hallelujah!” and praising God for the judgments and the righteous vengeance of God on those who failed to repent but shed the blood of saints, apostles and prophets. All heaven worshiped God Almighty in hearty agreement saying “Amen!” All the redeemed of earth and heaven long for God to bring mercy to the lost and while on earth, are called to share the Good News. But there is also a longing for the removal of sin and corruption from the earth and those who, refusing mercy, perpetrate the rebellion. Only our Omniscient God can justly judge and righteously repay. He too would rather show mercy. We worship Him for His amazing patience and mercy but also for His righteous judgments!

Psalm 102:12-13 “But You, O Lord, are enthroned forever; You are remembered throughout all generations. You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.”

Prayer: Hallelujah! Amen! Thank You Lord for Your great mercy towards me and all the saints, apostles, and prophets! We are all saved by Your amazing grace by the gift of Jesus Christ and His shed blood. You have wiped away our sins and given us a mission to share the Good News. Thank You for Your promise of final righteous judgments at the appointed time. Let every generation bring You glory!

Job 31:9-12 “”If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door, then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down on her. For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by judges; that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, it would burn to the root of all my increase.””

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The appointed time is very short!

Scripture reading for September 2nd: 1st Corinthians 7

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 7:26-31 “I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: The appointed time is very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.”

The Corinthians had written to Paul concerning marriage and remaining single in light of the pagan culture they lived in. Paul wrote back to clarify his teaching and God’s Word for those seeking to live by the truth. In light of the present distress and persecution, Paul gave clear instructions concerning relationships but also allowed freedom for the believers to follow the Holy Spirit. He emphasized that the culture was distressed and the time before Christ’s return was very short. That was the viewpoint of believers in the early church and it is still true! In light of this, living for God to the fullest extent and avoiding the worldly troubles that even a Christian marriage would be a wise choice. But if a person was betrothed and wanted to be married, that would be blessed as well. The bottom line was to avoid excessive worldly troubles and ensnarement but live up to the covenant commitments you already have.

1st Corinthians 7:17 “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for this instruction on marriage, singleness, and our calling as believers to live in fulfilment of Your assignment for our life. Help me to avoid worldly snares and enslavement of men and fulfil my covenant commitments to my wife and children and to You as my Lord and Savior.

1st Corinthians 7:23-24 “Your were bought with a price: do not become bondservants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.”

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Rejecting the Beast’s mark!

Scripture reading for December 17th: Job 12-14, Psalm 100, Revelation 13

Key Scriptures: Revelation 13:15-18 “And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

Satan, during the last days of the tribulation, through the false prophet, caused an image of the antichrist to be set up to promote false worship. This image could talk and sought to deceive those who dwell on the earth. This beast image was given breath and a decree for all earth’s people to receive the antichrist’s mark, the mark of a man, “666”. This mark would be permanent on the forehead or the hand, and would be required to buy or sell goods or services. Thus the antichrist would put great pressure on all the world to worship Him and receive his mark, which was a counterfeit of God’s mark or seal on the 144,000 sealed in next chapter. The key thought here is the call for wisdom–666 is the number of a man who claims to be god. Be wise–don’t take the mark!

Psalm 100:3 “Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He Who has made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for sealing me and those who believe on You with the mark of the Holy Spirit living in us. May You give wisdom to me now and to those who will live during the time of antichrist to reject the mark of the beast and worship You alone.

Job 14:13 “Oh that You would hide me in Sheol (the grave), that you would conceal me until Your wrath is past, that You would appoint for me a set time, and remember me!”

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The appointed time is near!

Scripture reading for September 2nd: 2nd Chronicles 28, 2nd Kings 17, Psalm 66, 1st Corinthians 7

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 7:29-31 “This is what I mean, brothers; the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.”

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church concerning the perilous times that they lived in. He believed the time was short to live for Christ on this earth and that eternity would soon be entered by all. In light of life’s shortness and eternity’s great length and advantage, believers should live with eternity in mind. They should not let relationships, emotions, or greed and attachment to the world’s goods take center stage. All these pass away when we stand before the Lord. Fulfilling God’s will is foremost!

Psalm 66:8-9 “Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of His praise be heard, Who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, help me today to live for eternity and proclaim Your great love and redemption through Jesus Christ. Thank You for reminding me again that the appointed time is near!

2nd Kings 17:38-39 ” . . . You shall not fear other gods, but you shall fear the Lord your God, and He will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.”

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No more delay!

Scripture reading for December 12th:  Revelation 10, Psalm 123-24, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 10:4-7 “And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”  And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by Him Who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as He announced to His servants the prophets.”  

After the sixth angel blew his trumpet, John saw another angel with a small scroll come down from heaven and call out with a loud voice.  This angel’s voice was answered by seven thunders.  John was about to write down their message, when a voice from heaven told him not to write.  Some surprises will remain for those on earth during the judgments.  There would be no more delay and every prophetic Word of God would be fulfilled during the seventh trumpet call.  What God has said He will do!

Faith Confession:  I am thankful for God’s Truth and the revelation of prophesy.  I believe that every Word of God will be quickly fulfilled in its appointed time and my God will keep me safe.

Proverbs 1:32-3 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to Me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”  

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Jesus’ appointed time!

Scripture reading for February 5th:  Matthew 26

“He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, “The Teacher says: My appointed time is near.  I am going to celebrate the Passover with My disciples at your house.””  (Matthew 26:18)  Jesus did nothing by accident or chance.  Every day of His life was as He saw the Father directing Him.  He was aware of the mission that He must accomplish and the time that was rapidly approaching for His final act of sacrifice.  He instructed His disciples to prepare for the Passover, His final one with them.

“And while they were eating, He said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me.””  (Matthew 26:21)  Jesus knew His disciples and the one that would soon betray Him.   All the disciples were sad and examined their hearts.  Jesus warned them that it would be better to never have been born than to betray Him!  As Judas asked if it was him, Jesus plainly told him “Yes, it is you.”

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.”  Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”   (Matthew 26:26-28)  As a visual lesson has greater impact, Jesus used the bread and the cup of grape juice to imprint on His followers the appointment He was soon to keep for their forgiveness!  This visual meal has reminded all of His followers throughout time of what Jesus did for them.  It also points us to His second coming at God’s appointed time for the greatest meal we will ever experience!

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My appointed time is near!

Scripture reading for February 9th: Matthew 26:14-46, Psalm 29, Proverbs 8:14-26

Jesus was in total control and had full understanding of what would happen.  Judas had already gone to the chief priests and inquired of what they would be willing to give him for handing Jesus over.  The agreed upon price was thirty silver coins.  ( Zechariah wrote about this about 500 years earlier in Zechariah 11:12)

Jesus instructed the disciples to go and prepare a place for the Passover meal.  He told them to tell a certain man that His appointed time was near and He wanted to celebrate the Passover at his house.  Evidently this man would understand what that meant.  Jesus knew He had an appointment to keep.  He was going to be the final Passover sacrifice for the sins of the world.

At the Passover meal, Jesus announced that one of them would betray Him.  (Matthew 26:20-31)  He then identified Judas as that very one when Judas asked if it was he.  I believe that Jesus was trying His very best to give Judas the opportunity to repent of his reprehensible deed.  What mercy our Lord showed toward one who would betray Him!

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.”  Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  I tell you I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)  Jesus was again teaching His disciples about the nature of His coming death.  He would give His body to be beaten, bruised, and crucified for their sake, as well as for all mankind.  Jesus would give His blood as a covenant with those who would believe on Him for the forgiveness of their sins.  This cup would be His final cup with them until the fullness of the Father’s Kingdom came.

Today we know that the appointed time of Jesus’ return is near.  We must be fully trusting in His broken body and shed blood as our only hope of eternal salvation.  Are you ready to drink this cup with Jesus in the Father’s kingdom?

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God rejoices over you with singing!

Scripture reading for September 24th: Zephaniah 1-3

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Zephaniah was a prophet around 630 B.C. during the reign of Josiah, a good king of Israel.  He spoke some pretty strong words to the nation of Judah concerning the coming day of the Lord.  Through Zephaniah, God warned that He would sweep everything from the face of the earth. (Zephaniah 1:2-3)  That sounds like a very thorough cleaning similar to the great flood of Noah’s day!

Judah was warned that God’s hand was against those who were idolaters.  Those who claimed to be Abraham’s descendants were worshiping Baal, the Canaanite fertility god.  Even some of the priests of God’s house were involved.  They were worshiping Molech and using astrology. (Zephaniah 1:4-5)  Astrology is popular today in America.  Almost every newspaper has a horoscope and many read it daily.  Many follow the example of Judah in Zephaniah’s day, and turn away from following God.  They are complacent or have followed gods of convenience and pleasure. (Zephaniah 1:12)

Zephaniah cried out to the people that their appointed time was coming as a day of wrath and destruction.  Trouble, clouds, darkness and death were on the horizon.  Their money could not save them on this day of wrath that would come at the appointed time. (Zephaniah 1:17-18)

The only remedy was to seek the Lord with humble hearts and those who responded would be sheltered by the Lord.  An appetite for God must come from a heart that is humble. (Zephaniah 2:2-3)  Idolatry is making a god that gives me what I want, instead of serving the God who made me to do what He wants!

We know from history that the young king,  Josiah, turned to the Lord and led a revival that removed the idols and cleansed the land.  He responded to this prophet’s strong preaching.  When we repent, God relents!  He would rather save us than judge us!  He takes great delight in His people and desires to quiet us in His love.  He rejoices over us with singing!  Picture God spinning around in delight singing a song of joy over us!  (Zephaniah 3:17) Turn to Him today before the coming “day of the Lord”.

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My appointed time is near!

Scripture reading for February 9th: Matthew 26:14-46, Psalm 29, Proverbs 8:14-26

Jesus was in total control and had full understanding of what would happen.  Judas had already gone to the chief priests and inquired of what they would be willing to give him for handing Jesus over.  The agreed upon price was thirty silver coins.  ( Zechariah wrote about this about 500 years earlier in Zechariah 11:12)

Jesus instructed the disciples to go and prepare a place for the Passover meal.  He told them to tell a certain man that His appointed time was near and He wanted to celebrate the Passover at his house.  Evidently this man would understand what that meant.  Jesus knew He had an appointment to keep.  He was going to be the final Passover sacrifice for the sins of the world.

At the Passover meal, Jesus announced that one of them would betray Him.  (Matthew 26:20-31)  He then identified Judas as that very one when Judas asked if it was himself.  I believe that Jesus was trying His very best to give Judas the opportunity to repent of his reprehensible deed.  What mercy our Lord showed toward one who would betray Him!

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.”  Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  I tell you I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)  Jesus was again teaching His disciples about the nature of His coming death.  He would give His body to be beaten, bruised, and crucified for their sake, as well as for all mankind.  Jesus would give His blood as a covenant with those who would believe on Him for the forgiveness of their sins.  This cup would be His final cup with them until the fullness of the Father’s Kingdom came.

Today we know that the appointed time of Jesus’ return is near.  We must be fully trusting in His broken body and shed blood as our only hope of eternal salvation.  Are you ready to drink this cup with Jesus in the Father’s kingdom?

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