Tag: eternal kingdom
Scripture reading for May 18th: 2nd Samuel 7-8, 1st Chronicles 17, Psalm 132, Acts 25
Key Scriptures: Acts 25:16-19 “I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charges laid against him. So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought. When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, Who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.”
The Jews came to Cesarea where Paul was imprisoned awaiting trial. Roman custom was for his accusers to face him and for him to give a defense. The Jews came but had no real charges that would break Roman law. Paul’s defense was his belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This confused Festus, the Roman governor. Paul had appealed his case to the Emperor Caesar. Festus shared the facts with King Agrippa and a hearing with Paul was set up. Another opportunity to share Christ was arranged at the highest levels of government. God was at work!
Psalm 132:1 “Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured, . . .”
Faith confession and prayer: I understand that much conflict and many hardships await those who preach Your Gospel. Help me to boldly declare Jesus Christ and His eternal Kingdom.
2nd Samuel 7:12-13 “When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish His kingdom. He shall build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.”
Scripture reading for July 25th: Psalm 44-47, 1st Corinthians 15
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 15:50-52 “I tell you this, brothers; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
Death looks permanent. It is common to all flesh. But through Jesus Christ, we are promised eternal life in the kingdom of God through faith in His death, burial, and resurrection. Instead of eternal sleep, we are promised changed bodies that will live with Christ in the kingdom forever. This will happen when the last trumpet will sound announcing the coming of our King Jesus Christ to rule eternally.
Psalm 47:6-7 “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions. . . .”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the amazing promises of eternal life, transformed bodies, and eternal joy. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever! Amen.
Scripture reading for September 19th: Ezekiel 48, Daniel 1-3
Key Scriptures: Ezekiel 48:35 “The distance around will be 18,000 cubits. “And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE.””
Daniel 2:44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands–a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.”
Ezekiel was a Jewish priest in captivity in Babylon, along with Daniel. God used both men as prophets to declare His eternal purposes to His people as well as to the Gentile rulers who were over them. Ezekiel’s last prophetic word gave a name to Jerusalem, the city of God: “THE LORD IS THERE!” Daniel was called upon to interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great statute with a head of gold, chest of silver, belly of bronze, and legs and toes of iron and clay. Daniel’s revelation was a “Stone”, not cut out by human hands, striking the statue and destroying it. This “Stone” became a great mountain that filled the whole earth–an everlasting kingdom!
Rejoicing in our Eternal King of Kings: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose Rider is called “Faithful and True.” With justice He judges and makes war.” . . . “Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”” (Revelation 19:1, 15)
Scripture reading for December 14th: Revelation 11
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 11:15-17 “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.” And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken Your great power and begun to reign. . .”
The earth longs for her true Ruler, the Creator and Life-Giver! At a point in time future, this heavenly reality will become visible here on earth! John sees this seventh angel sounding his trumpet and hears voices from heaven announcing the enthroning of our Lord and His Christ! Upon this announcement, the heavenly temple was opened and the Ark of the Covenant was seen by John, accompanied by lightning and thunder and a great earthquake and hailstorm!
Observations for over-comers: The kingdom of this world is destined to belong to Christ and His Bride–forever! Let’s live like this is a reality–it is! “On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. The Lord will be king over the who earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His Name the only name!” (Zechariah 14:8-9)