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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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