Tag: King of Kings

Holding fast to Life Eternal

Scripture reading for January 11th: 1st Timothy 6

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 6:12-16 “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, Who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, Who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will display at the proper time–He Who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality, Who dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”

Paul ends his letter to Timothy where it began in the first chapter. He encouraged Timothy to hold fast to eternal life by living by faith. He encouraged him to live a holy life in expectation of Jesus’ promised return and ended with worship of the King of kings and Lord of lords! Honor and eternal dominion are found in Him alone! He dwells in unapproachable light and is without beginning or end! What a blessed Lord we serve!

Leviticus 11:44 “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy for I am holy.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, crucified for my sins, buried in a tomb, raised on the third day to eternal glory at God’s right hand. I praise and worship You as King and Lord! Give me grace to hold fast to eternal Life and enjoy eternal pleasure with You!

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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The garment dipped in blood!

Scripture reading for December 25th:  Revelation 19, Psalm 141-42, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 19:11-16  “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse!  The One sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a Name written that no one knows but Himself.  He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the Name by which He is called is The Word of God.  And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses.  From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron.  He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

John beheld an awesome sight.  Heaven opened and Jesus the King of kings rode forth on a blazing white horse wearing a blood-dipped robe.  Following were a great host of saints, all wearing garments made white by His blood.  A sharp sword came from His mouth to make war and rule over His enemies.  His own bloody garment showed His love for His people.   He is their defender!

Faith Confession:  I believe and pray that I will be counted in the number of those following the King of Kings in His blood-dipped robe.  An old hymn states: “We shall see the King when He comes!”  Amen!

Psalm 141:8 “But my eyes are toward You, O God, my Lord; in You I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!”

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The Blessed Bride!

Scripture reading for December 25th:  Haggai 2, Zechariah 1-2, Revelation 19

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 19:6-9  “Then I hear what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”–for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.  And the angel said to me, “Write this:  Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.””

John hears the announcement from heaven of the arrival of the King of kings, accentuated by roaring of heavenly voices and thunder claps.  The multitude was worshiping the Lord and rejoicing that the wedding supper of the Lamb had finally come.  The Bride was made ready, dressed in pure white linen!  John was told to write of the promised blessedness of all those invited to take part!

Zechariah 2:10-11  “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.  And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people.   And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you.”

Prayer:  Lord, what a day that will be when we Your Bride see You coming!  May our clothing be bright white and we dwell with You forever!  Amen.

 

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Honor Christ Jesus!

Scripture reading for October 1st:  Isaiah 15-17, 1 Timothy 6

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 6:13-17  “I charge you in the presence of God, Who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will display at the proper time–He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality, Who dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see.  To Him be honor and eternal dominion.  Amen.”

Paul charged Timothy with the sacred duty to love God and love others.  Christ Jesus could return at any time.  He, alone, is worthy of our love and obedience as He is King of kings and Lord of lords.  His holiness and power deserve honor and He will have eternal dominion.

Isaiah 16:5 “. . . then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David One who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”  

Prayer:  Lord, we long for Your return and the righteous rule of Your glorious throne.  We love You and give You the honor and obedience due the King of kings.  Amen.

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God’s amazing promises!

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.

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Rejoicing in the Eternal Kingdom!

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)

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Rejoice in King Jesus!

Scripture reading for March 16th:  1st Samuel 6-10

Key Scriptures:  1st Samuel 8:4-7  “So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.  They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”  But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.  And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; for it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their king.”  

God’s people wanted a king in order to be like the other nations.  They rejected God as their King and wanted to be like the world.  They came to Samuel, the prophet of God and judge to make their request.  Samuel prayed and God answered!

Rejoicing in our King:  Jesus Christ has been revealed to believers in the New Covenant as King of Kings!  “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!”  (Revelation 19:6-7)

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King of Kings Comes!

Scripture reading for December 26th:  Revelation 19

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 19:11-14, 16 “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.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.  He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a rob e dipped in blood, and His Name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.”  . . .”On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  

Observations for over-comers:  Christians are the only ones on earth who know for sure who will come to judge the earth and redeem the faithful!  We do not know when, but Jesus’ coming is sure!  “Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel!  Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!  The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy.  The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.”  (Zephaniah 3:14-15)

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Fight the good fight of faith!

Scripture reading for October 1st:  1st Timothy 6

Some people believe that being a Christ-follower means sitting around and waiting for Jesus to come. Others are deterred by chasing money.   But Paul encouraged Timothy to fight a good fight of faith.  Believers must actively pursue godliness and resist the snares and temptations of the world and Satan.  Ministers are to lead in this fight and set the example for others in their care!

“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  (1st Timothy 6:9-10)  The pursuit of money and material possessions distracts us from seeking what is really of lasting value.  Jesus, Himself, taught that you cannot serve God and money!  (Luke 16:13)  The love of money leads to other kinds of evil as well.  Some use dishonest practices to obtain it.  Others turn to gambling, selling drugs, prostitution, or other means that take them away from God and His kingdom and lead only to grief and sorrow.

“But you, man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  (1st Timothy 6:11-12)  As one belonging to God, we must take action with our own choices.  We must flee temptations and the love of money, instead, pursuing what leads to deeper faith and lasting endurance.  We must fight the good fight of faith and actually lay hold of the promises of God each day!  It is a ‘good fight’!

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The King of Kings!

Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 17-19

John saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, dressed like a prostitute with a golden cup in her hand.  This cup was filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.  This title was written on her forehead:  MYSTERY– BABYLON THE GREAT–THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5) This prostitute was drunk with the blood of the saints, those who bore the testimony of Jesus! (Revelation 12:11)

Right before the judgment of this prostitute, angels announced the fall and warned God’s people to come out of her!  (Jeremiah 51:6, 45) (Revelation 18:4) The ruin of the prostitute comes quickly–in one hour she is brought down! The kings, merchants, sea captains and sailors all mourn her destruction.  A final angel pronounces the judgment with the hurling of a large boulder into the sea mirroring the words and vision of Jeremiah 51:62-64.  (Revelation 18:21)

Then all heaven erupts with shouting!  “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are His judgments.  He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.  He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” (Revelation 19:1-2)  Three more “Hallelujah’s” resound through heaven, the final one announcing the wedding of the Lamb!

John listened as the angel spoke to him again.  “Then the angel said to me, “Write:  Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” and he added, “These are the true words of God.””   (Revelation 19:9)   In the midst of  all the shouting and worship, John wrote a blessing to those who read and heed the words of this book!

“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.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  . . .He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-12, 15b)

The heavenly Bridegroom comes in power and great glory to judge and make war!  He is Faithful and True in all His judgments!   He is Faithful and True to His Bride!  All His enemies are defeated and He rules as KING OF KINGS!

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