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Reigning with Christ

Scripture reading for December 28th: Job 34-36, Revelation 20

Key Scriptures: Revelation 20:4-6 “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned 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 is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.”

John saw thrones set up for those given authority to judge. He also saw the souls of the martyrs who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus Christ and their stand on the Word of God. These souls came to life in a resurrection and reigned with Christ Jesus for a thousand year period. This was the “first resurrection” and those who were part of this were declared “blessed and holy”. The second death–being judged for sin and cast into the eternal lake of fire–would have no power over these resurrected ones. They had not worshiped the beast or received his mark, but had remained true to the Lord in mind and body.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I await the fullness of the first resurrection–a glorified body and reigning with You for the thousand years and then forever. Give me strength to declare Your invitation to all to join in the first resurrection. Watch over my steps and guide me by the light of Your Word.

Job 34:21-23 “For His eyes are on the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. For God has no need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment.”

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Thankful to escape the Lake of Fire

Scripture reading for August 17th:  Isaiah 66, Jeremiah 1-4

Key Scriptures:  Isaiah 66:22-24  “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure.  From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before Me,”  says the Lord.  And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against Me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”

Isaiah ends his book  with God’s promise of the new heavens and the new earth that would endure for ever and ever.  It would be the abode of all of God’s redeemed people.  Every month and every week, all mankind would come and bow before their Creator and Redeemer in worship and adoration.  The redeemed would also look upon those who had died in sin and rebellion against God.  Their bodies would be under eternal attack from worms and unquenchable fire!  The Lake of Fire is real!

Thankful for escape: “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.  The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire.  The Lake of Fire is the second death.”   (Revelation 20:12-14)

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New Heavens, Earth and Jerusalem!

Scripture reading for December 30th:  Revelation 21  

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her Husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  (Revelation 21:1-4)

God had promised through Isaiah to bring a new heaven and new earth. (Isaiah 65:17-19, 25) 66:22)  This would come after the time of judgment after the millennial reign of Christ.  God’s kingdom would fully come.  God would dwell with His people as a husband with His Bride and fulfill the prophesy of “Emmanuel”, “God with us”!  He would comfort His people, wiping away their tears and removing their need to mourn!  The former things would not even be remembered, because God would make everything new!  The earth would not be subject to decay and the animal kingdom would live in harmony with mankind in peace known before only in the Garden of Eden before the fall!

The new Jerusalem would be home of the Bride of Christ–Jerusalem would be made new and become a city of peace and joy with God in it’s center and it’s very light!  It would have streets of pure gold and would be adorned with jewels and 12 giant pearls as it’s gates!  “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”  (Revelation 21:27)  The kingdom would indeed be beyond what we, the saints, could hope for, think about or imagine!

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