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Sheltered with His Presence!

Scripture reading for December 7th:  Hosea 7-9, Revelation 7

Key Scriptures: Revelation 7: 13-15  “Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”  I said to him, “Sir, you know.”  And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.  They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will shelter them with His Presence.””

John has been in God’s throne room and was given a vision of multitudes worshiping God dressed in white.  One of the elders gave him insight about their identity and where they had come from.  These were martyrs coming out of the great tribulation time, a time of final judgment on the world.  They had trusted in Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God and been clothed in white.  These were fully committed and worshiped God day and night.

Hosea 8:7  “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.  The standing grain has not heads; it shall yield no flour; were it to yield, strangers would devour it.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for vision into Your plans for the future for Israel as well as those who put their trust in Jesus Christ.  Keep me from sowing the wind and shelter me with Your Presence today and forever.  Amen.

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Glorious saints!

Scripture reading for December 27th: Revelation 10-13

When we look at the world we live in and the formidable troubles that face all mankind, it is easy to become fearful and worry.  Demonic forces are everywhere and it appears that they are winning.  Pornography is prevalent everywhere.  Terrorism and bloodshed are daily news for those who anxiously watch.  Economic troubles, famines, and earthquakes are regular fare.  Nations are uneasy with wars, rumors of war, nuclear weapons, rockets, and armies in readiness.  Into this setting Christ, the Lamb slain, leads His followers and calls them to be overcomers!

John sees a repeat of the nativity story with a cosmic setting.  This sign appearing in heaven showed a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  This woman was pregnant and and in pain as she was about to give birth.  (Revelation 12:1-2)  John then saw another sign.  There appeared a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on the heads.  The dragon’s tail had swept a third of the stars from the sky and flung them to earth.  The dragon stood in front of the woman to devour her child the moment it was born.  (Revelation 12:3-4)

The woman gave birth to a male child, who will rule all the nations!  The child was snatched up to God and His throne.  The woman fled into the desert to a place God prepared for them.  Then there was war in heaven between Michael the Archangel and his forces and the dragon and his angels.  The dragon was hurled down to earth with his angels with him.  The identity of the dragon was the “ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan”.  (Revelation 12:7-9)

A loud voice from heaven announced the coming of the kingdom of God and the hurling down of the accuser of the brothers.  The brothers “overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11)  The heavens were rejoicing!  All who dwelt there were encouraged to rejoice!  Those on the earth, however, would have woe because the devil was enraged.  He knew his time was short! (Revelation 12:12)   No matter what might happen to saints on earth, the best is yet to come!  Rejoice and tell someone the good news!

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The overcoming Blood!

Scripture reading for December 21st: Revelation 12:1-17

A great drama with interesting characters was the next sign seen in heaven by John on his tour of the throne room.  Images have powerful ability in the hearts of men to convey truth or to deceive.  Those who have been redeemed now have hearts that are teachable and open to truth.  John wrote of these characters to describe the things God showed him that were yet to come.

“A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven:   a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.  Then another sign appeared in heaven:  an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.  His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.  The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.  She gave birth to a Son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.  And her Child was snatched up to God and to His throne. (Revelation 12:1-5)

The Jewish believers of that day would recognize the character of the pregnant woman as the nation of Israel.  The twelve stars were the twelve sons of Jacob.  The child was the promised ruler from the line of Judah.  Psalm 2:9 described this ruler as One with an ‘iron scepter’ to rule the nations of the earth.  Believers would recognize in the description of this child being ‘snatched up’ to God and His throne, a picture of Jesus Christ who is ruling in heaven until all his enemies be put under his feet.  (Psalm 110:1-2, 5-6)

The dragon is the old serpent from the Garden of Eden, Satan.  He was kicked out of heaven and a third of the angels who rebelled with him fell also.  (Ezekiel 28:12-18)  The dragon has been at war with the seed of woman since the Garden of Eden where God told him of his end.  (Genesis 3:15)  In this cosmic contest, devouring mankind is now the dragon’s interest.  Believers overcome him by their confession of trust in the blood of the Lamb!  (Revelation 12:11-12)  All heaven rejoices because the dragon’s time is short!

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The multitude from the Great Tribulation!

Scripture reading for December 16th: Revelation 7:1-17

John’s vision now turned to an angel with a seal of the living God in his hand.  This angel spoke to the four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, commanding them, “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” (Revelation 7:3)  This angel was sent to number 144,000 from the tribes of Israel!  Each tribe to be sealed was listed.  Judah was listed first, followed by Reuben ending with Joseph and Benjamin.

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried in a loud voice:  “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)  This great cry brought worship from all the angels around the throne, from the four living creatures, and from the twenty-four elders.  They all fell down and worshiped God in unison.

“Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes–who are they, and were did they come from?”  I answered, “Sir, you know.”  And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”” (Revelation 7:13-14)  John was asked about this great multitude from every tribe and language of the earth and he did not know.  The angel told him who they were and that they had come out of the great tribulation.   These had trusted in the blood of Jesus Christ and were now clothed in white as a result of  their faith.

As a result, this multitude was now serving God in His temple!  God was their covering and shield.  Their suffering was over and would never occur again!  “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)  God would fulfill His promises and the New Covenant would result in eternal blessing!  The great multitude was now in their eternal home and would worship the Lamb for ever!

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The Over-comers

Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 12-13

When we look at the world we live in and the formidable troubles that face all mankind, it is easy to become fearful and worry.  Demonic forces are everywhere and it appears that they are winning.   Christ, the Lamb, leads His followers and calls them to be over-comers in the midst of this trouble!

John saw the nativity story with a cosmic setting.  A sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  This woman was pregnant and and in pain as she was about to give birth.  (Revelation 12:1-2)  John saw another sign:   A great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on the heads.  The dragon’s tail had swept a third of the stars from the sky and flung them to earth.  The dragon stood in front of the woman to devour her child the moment it was born.  (Revelation 12:3-4)

The woman gave birth to a male child, who would rule all the nations!  Jesus Christ is the child and God raised Him from the grave to the throne of heaven!   There was war in heaven between Michael the Archangel and the dragon and his angels.  The dragon was hurled down to earth with his angels.  The identity of the dragon was the “ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan”.  (Revelation 12:7-9)

A loud voice from heaven announced the coming of the kingdom of God and the hurling down of the accuser of the brothers.  The brothers “overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11)  The heavens were rejoicing but those on the earth would have woe because the devil was enraged.  He knew his time was short! (Revelation 12:12)

As believers, we are seated in the heavens in Christ.  Heaven is our home.  We can rejoice because we have overcome.  The blood of Jesus speaks peace, joy, and pardon for all who will repent and trust the Lord!  We are overcomers with the forces of heaven!  The devil is cast down and we are snatched up along with the Man-child who was born to the woman!  No matter what might happen to us on earth, the best is yet to come!  Rejoice today and tell someone the good news!  The devil’s time is short!

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Overcoming Faith!

Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 10-13

The picture we get from reading Revelation is one of increasing warfare and violence against those who follow Christ in the last days.   John was given visions of beasts, scrolls, angels with measuring rods and trumpets and two witnesses clothed in sackcloth prophesying and bringing judgment on the earth.  Faith alone will bring victory and reward.

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)  This last trumpeting angel announced the victory of Jesus Christ and His rule over the kingdoms of this world.  After the victory announcement, twenty-four elders fell on their faces and worshiped.  These elders acknowledged the nations who were angry at Christ’s rule and the time of wrath that had come.  This time would bring judgment for the dead and destruction of those who destroyed on earth.  It would also bring reward for the faithful prophets and saints who had kept the faith and stayed true to God.  (Revelation 11:16-18)

John saw another great sign in heaven.  This was a pregnant woman, crowned with twelve stars who was about to give birth.  Another sign appeared, this being an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns.  (Revelation 12:1-9)  The dragon was waiting to devour the child at birth.  The Child that was born was a Son, who would rule all the nations with an iron scepter.  This Child was caught up to heaven to God’s throne.  This story is the record of Jesus Christ and His miraculous birth and resurrection in abbreviated form.  There was war in heaven and Michael the archangel fought against the dragon and his fallen angels.  Satan is identified as that ancient serpent who led the whole world astray and was hurled down to earth.

John hears a voice tell of the salvation and authority of Christ and the battle with the devil and accuser of the brothers.  “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Check your life and heart today for overcoming faith!  The time of reward for overcoming faith is at hand as well as judgment for the wicked!

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The Overcomers

Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 10-13

When we look at the world we live in and the formidable troubles that face all mankind, it is easy to become fearful and worry.  Demonic forces are everywhere and it appears that they are winning.  Pornography is prevalent everywhere.  Terrorism and bloodshed are daily news for those who anxiously watch.  Economic troubles, famines, and earthquakes are regular fare.  Nations are uneasy with wars, rumors of war, nuclear weapons, rockets, and armies in readiness.  Into this setting Christ, the Lamb slain, leads His followers and calls them to be overcomers!

John sees a repeat of the nativity story with a cosmic setting.  This sign appearing in heaven showed a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  This woman was pregnant and and in pain as she was about to give birth.  (Revelation 12:1-2)  John then saw another sign.  There appeared a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on the heads.  The dragon’s tail had swept a third of the stars from the sky and flung them to earth.  The dragon stood in front of the woman to devour her child the moment it was born.  (Revelation 12:3-4)

The woman gave birth to a male child, who will rule all the nations!  The child was snatched up to God and His throne.  The woman fled into the desert to a place God prepared for them.  Then there was war in heaven between Michael the Archangel and his forces and the dragon and his angels.  The dragon was hurled down to earth with his angels with him.  The identity of the dragon was the “ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan”.  (Revelation 12:7-9)

A loud voice from heaven announced the coming of the kingdom of God and the hurling down of the accuser of the brothers.  The brothers “overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11)  The heavens were rejoicing!  All who dwelt there were encouraged to rejoice!  Those on the earth, however, would have woe because the devil was enraged.  He knew his time was short! (Revelation 12:12)

As believers, we are seated in the heavens in Christ.  Heaven is our home.  We can rejoice because we have overcome.  The blood of Jesus speaks peace, joy, and pardon for all who will repent and trust the Lord!  We are overcomers with the forces of heaven!  The devil is cast down and we are snatched up along with the Man-child who was born to the woman!  No matter what might happen to us on earth, the best is yet to come!  Rejoice today and tell someone the good news!  The devil’s time is short!

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