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Written in the Book of Life!

Scripture reading for December 17th:  Revelation 13, Psalm 129-30, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 13:5-8  “And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.  It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.  Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain.”  

During the great tribulation, God will grant the antichrist authority to rule on earth for forty-two months.  His rule will be blasphemous of God and His people.  He will be allowed to make war on God’s people and to conquer them.  This beast ruler will demand and receive worship from all who dwell on the earth whose names are not written in the Book of Life.  Believers on earth during this time are to listen and beware.

Faith confession:  I believe in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, who is King of Kings and rules over all the kings and beasts of this earth.  Everything He does is righteous and just and He will keep all promises to His people who are written in His Book.  The wicked will get their due.

Psalm 129:4-5  “The Lord is righteous; He has cut the cords of the wicked.  May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward!”

 

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Thankful God knows our name!

Scripture reading for April 14th:  2nd Kings 25, 1st Chronicles 1-4

Key Scriptures:  1st Chronicles 1:1-4  “Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah.  The sons of Noah; Shem, Ham and Japheth.”

Chronicles 1:1-4 opens with a list of names beginning with Adam and going through the sons of Noah, which began the history of the world after the flood. God uses each person’s unique name and records them in His books!  Some are written down here in the Bible and referred to in other passages according to their stories.  Others are written in the Book of Life as they put their faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ!  He knows each name and each name has a story known by God!

Thankful that God knows our name:  Our name may or may not be recorded in the Bible, God’s holy book.  But we can be sure that He records all those who are His children in the Book of Life!  “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.  Another book was opened, which is the book of life.  . . .If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:12, 15)

 

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Justice is served!

Scripture reading for December 29th:  Revelation 20

“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.  He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.  He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.  After that, he must be set free for a short time.”  (Revelation 20:1-3)  The Abyss is the jail for Satan during the millennial reign.  The “jailer” is an angel with a special chain that is able to bind a spirit being!

“I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.  They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”   (Revelation 20:4)  The faithful and martyred saints are rewarded with resurrection and the kingdom that was promised them!  They rule with Christ for a thousand years!

Satan is released for a short time and a final battle after the thousand years.  Fire comes from heaven and devours those opposing Jesus!  “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”  (Revelation 20:10)  God is just and true in all His judgments!

Finally, the wicked dead are raised to life and stand before the great white throne with Jesus seated on it.  Books are opened and the Book of Life is checked.  Each person is judged for their deeds as recorded in God’s perfect books.  None written in the Book of Life will be judged here.  “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire.”  Revelation 20:14)  The final and eternal sentence is passed on those who have died in their sins!  This is a warning!

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The Book of Life!

Scripture reading for September 4th: Daniel 10-12

I love books!  I have a great library and it is always growing!   The Apostle John said that if all that Jesus did were written down, the whole world could not contain all the books that would be written!  (John 21:25)  Volumes of books have been written, but the most important book on earth is the Holy Bible!

The Bible speaks of another book that should be important to every human being!  It is the Book of Life found before the throne of God.  In that book are written the names of all who have been adopted into the family of God by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God.  (Daniel 12:1)  (Revelation 20:12, 15)  If your name is written in that book, you will be delivered from the coming wrath against sin that flows from the Ancient of Days! (Daniel 7:10) (Revelation 20:14)  There will be a resurrection of all men with reward for some and punishment for others.  (Daniel 12:2-3)  (Revelation 22:12-15)

The righteous are promised eternal glory for their obedience. (Revelation 22:1-6)  (Daniel 12:3)  They will shine like the stars of heaven forever and ever!  They will live in the heavenly city where God Himself and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, is the source of all light!  They will behold Him and see His face!

Daniel was told to seal up the words of his book for the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4)  People would be seek this knowledge but only the wise would find it.  The wise were those whose names were written down in that special book of Heaven!  But John was told in Revelation 22:10, not to seal up the words of his book of prophecy because the time was near for it’s fulfillment!

“Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.  Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”  “Behold I am coming soon and my reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:10-12

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The Lake of Fire!

Scripture reading for December 29th: Revelation 20:1-15

Not all are part of the heavenly army of the King of Kings.   The first to be dealt with was the dragon, Satan.  He was bound by a great chain and thrown into the Abyss to keep him from deceiving the nations.  The set time was a thousand years or what we would call a millennium.  (Revelation 20:1-3)

Next John witnessed a resurrection of the souls who had been beheaded for their testimony of Jesus.  These souls came to life and were given authority to judge on the earth and reign with Christ for a thousand years.  ” (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection.  The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:5-6)   This is the fifth ‘blessed’ statement of Revelation.  These martyrs are now rewarded with rulership with Christ on the earth for his thousand-year reign.

The ‘second death’ is a term defined in this chapter for John.  At the end of the thousand years, the devil is released for a short time.  He goes out and deceives the nations again and the gathers them for battle.  Fire comes from heaven and devours those who are deceived and the devil is thrown into the lake of fire along with the beast (anti-Christ) and false prophet.   This lake of fire and burning sulfur is the ‘second death’.  (Revelation 20:14)  This lake of fire has been long prepared for the devil and his angels who rebelled against God.

However, there will be multitudes of people who will also go to this horrible place of  burning sulfur.  John saw a great white throne and God as judge.  Death and Hades were opened and a second resurrection company of those who had died in their sins were brought before the judge.  Books were opened that held the record of their evil deeds and sins.  Another book, the Book of Life, was examined to find their names.  “If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)  Each person answered personally to God!  Is your name in His Book of Life?

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The mark of the beast!

Scripture reading for December 22nd: Revelation 13:1-18

John describes two beasts who make war on the saints during the time of the great tribulation.  The first beast comes out of the sea.  This beast has seven heads and ten horns.  Each head has a blasphemous name written on it and each horn had a crown.  The dragon had given his power to this beast and the whole world was astonished and followed this beast and worshiped him. (Revelation 13:1-4)  The sea often talks about the peoples of the earth.

This beast was given authority for forty two months–three and a half years.  This beast was proud and uttered blasphemies against God and made war with the saints and conquered them.  He had authority over every tribe, language, people and nation and all the earth worshiped this beast except for those whose names were written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain!  (Revelation 13:5-8)  This was written to warn the saints on earth at this time to patiently endure in spite of the war against them.

The second beast came out of the earth.  This beast had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like the dragon.  He was under the dragon’s control and made the people of earth worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.  This beast also performed great signs and wonders and deceived the people of earth.  He also forced everyone on earth to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead.  Without this mark, no one could do business.   “This calls for wisdom.  If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is a man’s number.  His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18)

Much has been written and discussed over the years about this beast and his name and number.  Many people have speculated about who this beast might be or where he will come from.  Some think that we are very close today and that this mark will be some kind of computer chip implanted under the skin of the right hand or forehead.  The main emphasis of this passage is to warn those who believe to use wisdom and stay faithful to God.  God will protect His people and provide for them during this time.  God’s people are sealed with the Holy Spirit and protected by His blood!  They will overcome by standing firm in God!

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