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The sign of the Son of Man

Scripture reading for July 30th: Matthew 24

Key Scriptures: Matthew 24:27-31 “”For as lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, an the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.””

Matthew 24 records one of Jesus’ last teaching concerning what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. The disciples had asked Him specifically about the sign and the end and Jesus described coming events leading up to the end. A great tribulation with many falling away and increased wickedness would occur first. Those days would be cut short for the sake of the elect and with great suddenness and publicly displayed glory, the Son of Man would come to earth and gather His elect. This is not the rapture, which occurs before the great time of tribulation and happens discretely, taking believers like a thief in the night. These are those saved during the tribulation and immediately following there will be great signs in the heavens and on earth. The final sign is the appearance of Jesus Christ seen by all earths inhabitants. Those unsaved will mourn as they bow to the King. The elect will be reaped by chosen angels. This is the ultimate sign of the end of the age!

Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I trust You to bring this evil age to an end at the time You have chosen. I thank You for mercy and encouragement for those who are truly saved and part of Your eternal family. Help me today to share the sign of the Son of Man and His return to earth with those in need of Your grace and salvation. May no one I know or love have to mourn at Christ’s return.

Matthew 24:44-46 “”Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom His Master has set over His household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom His Master will find so doing when He comes.””

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“It is finished”

Scripture reading for November 17th: Daniel 7-9; Psalm 91; John 19

Key Scriptures: John 19:25-30 “So the soldiers did these things, but standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to His mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

Jesus was alert and in command, even from the cross. He was aware of Scripture being fulfilled as the soldiers gambled for His garment and as He called out, “I thirst.” He was aware of His mother and honored her by assigning the disciple He loved, John, to care for His mother as if she were his mother. As He drank the sour wine, He knew that in this bitter cup all had been completed to purchase mankind’s salvation from sin and death. He cried out, “It is finished” and gave up His spirit as His final sacrifice, tasting death for all. What a beloved Savior we have!

Psalm 91:14-15 “”Because he holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My Name. When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.””

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your faithfulness to fulfill Scripture and fully finish the work necessary for my salvation and that of the world. I will hold fast to You in love, trusting You to be with me and protect me and bring me into Your everlasting kingdom.

Daniel 7:13-14 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came One like a Son of Man, and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall never pass away and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

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Standing before the Son of Man!

Scripture reading for April 8th:  Judges 4-6, Luke 21

Key Scriptures:  Luke 21:34-36 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.  For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  

Jesus closed out His time of ministry by preparing His disciples for the temptations and trials that would accompany the time just before He would return.  Watchfulness was required of each believer because of the temptations and wickedness that would abound before Christ’s return.  These temptations would attack all who dwelled on the earth.  Prayer and alertness was required to escape the temptations and to stand before “The Son of Man” when He returned to receive His own and judge the wicked.  Those not able to stand would be cast out of His presence forever.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, temptations and seduction fill the world in this time that I live.  Give me Your strength to stand firm and encourage the brothers and sisters and warn those who are not right with God.  May none in my family circle and my friends fail to stand before You when You return.

Judges 5:31 “”So may all Your enemies perish, O Lord!  But Your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might.”  And the land had rest for forty years.”  

 

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The Glorious Return!

Scripture reading for February 26th:  Mark 13, Psalm 41, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures: Mark 13:24-27 “”But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And then He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.””

Jesus gave a final prophetic warning to His disciples and us concerning the events surrounding His return in power and glory.  He described a great tribulation with trouble and wars upon the earth.  The world system would be shaken to the core, affecting even the visible creation.  After that tribulation, the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, would appear in power and glory to gather His people.  How blessed would be those who were ready for His return!

Faith Confession:  Lord, I believe in Your sudden and glorious return for Your people.  I humbly seek to be ready and help others to prepare for this amazing event, not wanting to lead anyone astray!

Proverbs 10:16-17 “The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked is sin.  Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.”

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Describing the Indescribable One!

Scripture reading for November 29th:  Ezekiel 45-48, Revelation 1

Key Scriptures: Revelation 1:12-16 “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands One like a Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.  The hairs of His head were white, like white wool, like snow.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, His feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters.  In His right hand He held seven stars, from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full strength.”  

Jesus Christ appeared in a vision to John while he was worshiping on the Lord’s day while in prison on the Isle of Patmos.  John’s response was to fall down as a dead man at the sight of such glory and majesty.  He at one time had put his head on Jesus’ chest while they reclined at the last Passover.  Here John attempts to describe the resurrected and glorified Jesus with the best metaphors he can come up with.  How do you describe the Indescribable?

Ezekiel 48:35 “The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits.  And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I look forward to seeing Jesus and living in the eternal city, the New Jerusalem, known by the Name:  The Lord Is There.”

 

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Ready for The Son of Man!

Scripture reading for March 26th:  Judges 2-4, Luke 17

Key Scriptures: Luke 17:24-27  “For as lighting flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day.  But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”

Jesus plainly taught His disciples about the time of His return to earth.  It would be a time when many had fallen away and rejected the Son of Man.  They lived naturally for the desires of their flesh, but were ripe for destruction as in the days of Noah.  The book of Judges tells how God allowed free will and consequences, teaching them to live by faith in His Word.

Judges 2:11-13 “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals.  And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt.  They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them.” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, guide me in Your way today that I might be ready for Your sudden and glorious return.  Amen.

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Thankful for Christ’s Return!

Scripture reading for December 25th:  3rd John, Jude, Revelation 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Jude 20-21; “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”  

Revelation 1:7  “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.  So shall it be!  Amen.”

Both Jude and John, author of the Revelation, encouraged the church to watch and be ready for the return of the Lord Jesus.  For those who believed on Jesus Christ and were cleansed by His blood, Christ’s return would bring eternal life and the riches of God’s presence forever!  For the world and the unsaved of the earth, Christ’s return with the clouds of believers would be a cause for mourning as they would know the judgment of God was at hand!

Visions of Christ’s return:  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”  (Daniel 7:13)  “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”  (Zechariah 12:10)

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Thankful for the Son of Man!

Scripture reading for June 21st:  Psalms 79-83

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 80:17-19  “Let Your hand rest on the Man at Your right hand, the Son of Man You have raised up for Yourself.  Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your Name.  Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.” 

The psalmist prayed for God to bring revival and restoration to His people. The key was the Man at God’s right hand!  This person was a “Son of Man” that God raised up for His purposes!   The psalmist desired God’s smiling face to look upon him and all God’s people.  This would result in salvation!  What a prayer a thousand years before Jesus Christ came to earth!

Thankful for God’s Man at His right hand:  “For the law appoints men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. The point of what we are saying is this:  We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.”  (Hebrews 7:28-8:1)

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The Glorious Appearing!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Titus 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Titus 2: 11-14  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  

God’s great grace, extended to all who will repent and believe, has appeared to all men.  This grace is the forgiveness of all sin and guilt and a gift of eternal life with an immediate down payment through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. This grace teaches us to say “NO!” to ungodliness and worldly passions.  We now choose to live life in the newness of God’s Spirit and are ever conscious of the immanent return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our “blessed hope” motivates us to be found pure and holy and doing what He has commanded!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers live in expectation of the immanent appearing of our glorious God and Savior, Jesus Christ! “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was One like a Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven.  He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”  (Daniel 7:13-14)

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Beware of worldly ambition and pride!

Scripture reading for January 28th:  Matthew 20

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 20:25-28  “Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Some of the first disciples had a desire for a position of glory in Christ’s kingdom.  They were thinking in worldly terms that position means power.  They wanted to be in charge and have control.  However, Jesus explained that greatness had a real cost–drinking from the cup that He would drink from!  This cup meant enduring suffering and eventual death for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.

Those who aspired to greatness were not condemned but admonished concerning the cost!   Jesus set an example for His followers then and now.  He was a servant-leader who set an example of serving.  He ultimately laid down His life for His own followers that they might have what they needed for eternal life.  Followers must also have a servant’s heart and be willing to sacrifice even their own lives for the cause of the kingdom of heaven.  The proud in heart will never be exalted!

Observation for over-comers:  It is not wrong to strive to be great in God’s kingdom but we must also count the cost and be wary of pride!  Jesus is our example of real greatness–He alone sits on the throne of God!  “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.”  (Proverbs 25:6-7)

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