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The Glory of Heaven’s Throne!

Scripture reading for December 6th: Ezra 7-10, Psalm 97, Revelation 4

Revelation 4:1-4 “After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne. And He Who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. . . “

John, after receiving personal messages from Jesus Christ for each of the seven churches, describes how he next saw an open door in heaven. As he beheld this door, a voice called to him (like a trumpet) commanding that he come up through the door. Immediately, John was in the Spirit and transported to the throne room of heaven. His attention was focused on the One seated there, clothed in radiant splendor like precious jewels. Around that throne were twenty-four other thrones occupied by twenty-four elders, clothed in white with crowns. This scene was marked by worship from these elders and four living creatures guarding and serving God’s throne. ,

Psalm 97:1-3 “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! Clouds and thick darkness are all around Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Fire goes before Him and burns up His adversaries all around.”

Prayer: Father God, I am in awe of Your glorious throne! Thank You for promising Your church an open door that no man can shut! Thank You for promising those who overcome the right to sit with You on Your throne and for the white robe of Your righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ and the crown of life eternal! Open doors here for sharing this Good News that more may be crowned and clothed!

Ezra 7:27-28 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of our fathers, Who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king, to beautify the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem, and Who extended to me His steadfast love before the king and his counselors, before all the king’s mighty officers. I took courage, for the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.”

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Sheep on the right please!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Micah 5-7, Matthew 25

Key Scriptures: Matthew 25:31-34 “”When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'”

Jesus concluded His final message before His suffering with a parable of sheep and goats. He told how people of the nations would come before His glorious throne and be separated in judgment. The ‘sheep’ would have a place on His right hand, but the goats would be placed on the left. The ‘sheep’ would enter into their full inheritance, prepared from the world’s foundation. The ‘goats’ would be sent to eternal damnation in the lake of fire. This final judgment will be based on response of faith to follow Jesus as their ‘Good Shepherd’.

Faith confession and prayer: Jesus, Your throne is glorious and You are King of Kings! You see the hearts of all men and are full of mercy. Help me to follow You like a dependent ‘sheep’ follows the shepherd.

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

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Faith’s vision!

Scripture reading for October 26th:  Jeremiah 16-19, Hebrews 11

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:13-16  “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  . . .But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.”  

All the great men and women of faith from the Old Testament saw in their spirits the fulfillment of God’s promises.  They never experienced the fulfillment while on earth, but died in anticipation of a heavenly country where God was King.  God, seeing their faith, has prepared a Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem, just for these faithful, and all who trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 17:12-13  “A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.  O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You shall be put to shame; those who turn away from You shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Water.”  

Prayer:  Lord, my soul sees Your promises and truth and longs for the coming of Jesus Christ and His righteous rule.  Come, Lord Jesus!  Amen.

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The over-comers open door!

Scripture reading for December 5th:  Revelation 4

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 4:1-3, 8  “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.  And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”  At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.  And the One who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.  A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. . . .  Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.””  

John received the letters to the seven churches and wrote them down as instructed.  Immediately after this, John saw an open door in heaven and Jesus invited him to come up and see what was going to take place on earth in the future.  At the word of Jesus, John was immediately transported (caught up) into heaven and saw a glorious throne there with a brilliant person shining like jewels.  Around this throne were angelic creatures crying “Holy, Holy, Holy. .”  

Observations for over-comers:  Our Lord has revealed what will take place at the time of the end.  A “trumpet” will sound and we will be caught up to heaven to meet the Lord!  “A glorious Throne, exalted from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary!”  (Jeremiah 17:12)

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The likeness of the Glory!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Ezekiel 1-6

Ezekiel had just turned 30 years of age and he was a priest.  He was taken into captivity in Babylon with a group of exiles which included Daniel and his friends.  As they met by the Kebar River to have their Sabbath observances, God opened the heavens and gave Ezekiel a vision that changed his life!  He was called by God to go to his people and give them God’s word.  He was warned by the Lord that God’s people would be rebellious, obstinate and stubborn.  (Ezekiel 2:1-4)

The vision that Ezekiel saw of the throne of God was spectacular.  It began with a windstorm coming from the north with a towering thundercloud and flashing lightning and fire in the center.  Ezekiel could see four living creatures.  (Ezekiel 1:4-9)  These creatures had the form of a man but they had four faces and feet like a calf and four wings with hands underneath.  They glowed like bronze and the faces were that of an eagle, ox, lion and man.  Below on the ground, there was a wheel that sparkled and another intersecting wheel.

As Ezekiel looked he noticed a glowing throne of sapphire above the creatures and on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  He was glowing with fire and brilliant light surrounded Him.  This light looked like a rainbow and glowed with radiance!  (Ezekiel 1:26-28)   This figure had the “likeness of the Glory of God”!  When Ezekiel saw it he fell to the ground in awe!

God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to show mankind the Glory of God.  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to have the Glory of God revealed in us by the Spirit.  (2nd Corinthians 3:18)  When the last trumpet blows and Jesus Christ appears we will be instantly transformed into a glorious body, like His glorious body! (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)  We now carry the “likeness of the Glory of God” because the Spirit of the Son of God lives in us!

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