Revelation Series – Chapter 22:6-21

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

The angel of the Lord gave his own testimony. “There are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” 1Peter5:7-8. The Lord sends his spirit to inspire those whom he has appointed as prophets to glorify His name. It is written, “…the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7. The Lord loves to reveal his plans to his people. His eyes are looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

The Lord is giving a message to all that He is coming soon! But before He comes, He wants His people to be ready since on the day of the Lord .”..The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

The angel of the Lord forbade John to worship him. The angel told John that he is a servant of the Lord just as John and fellow prophet were. He asked John to worship Him. A true prophet of the Lord brings people to the kingdom of God, He proclaims that he is a mere servant and not to be worshipped in any way. The prophet who doesn’t give glory to the Lord is a false prophet since he wants people to worship him. Be careful of people who wants to get all credits for the miracles and wonders that are being done in Jesus name. Be careful of the prophets who are turning people into his worshipper by instilling fear in them. A God sent prophet will bring people to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and will never try to take the glory that is due to the Lord. Beware! The world is full of false prophets!

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” 12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outsiders are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

The angel told John not to seal the words of the prophesy. The Lord wants everyone to know about his coming. We have a responsibility to let others know that the coming of the Lord is at hand. Let us change the course of our actions and get ready for his coming! Let us serve the Lord fearfully and diligently, so that we may not be found outside of God’s Kingdom. Let us be diligent in the service of the Lord so that we may receive our reward from the Lord, who is the origin and final destination of all. Those who guard the word of testimony by not mixing it up with other teachings, will receive a great reward from the Lord.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Jesus gave his own testimony  and He is inviting people to come to him and receive the free gift of the water of life. Those who have received the water of life from the Lord never feel thirsty, their cup is always overflowing with spiritual zeal and joy. Their enthusiasm brings many to the Lord.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

The word of the Lord is absolute. Nothing can be added to it or taken out of it. The Lord is indeed coming soon! Blessed are those who make themselves ready for His coming!

 

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Revelation Series – Chapter 22: 1-5

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel who was sent to bring the great revelation to John showed him a river of the water of life. The river was flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb, who is the source of all blessings. It is written that we have been blessed with all blessings in heavenly realm in Christ Jesus. Without Jesus in our lives, we can’t experience the abundance of the blessings that may be surrounded us like river. If the origin of those blessings is not Jesus, they will never satisfy us fully. Its the river that flows from the throne that quenches our thirst. Pray that the Lord reveal the origin of the blessings that you may have in your life. Sometimes, our own desire and pursuit bring us blessings that could be disastrous in long term. Refuse to take anything that the father has not planted for your life and you will be blessed.

The tree of life is on each side of the river, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month and its leaves are for the healing of the nations.

When we walk with the Lord and drink from the water that flows from his throne we turn into fruitful trees that bear its fruits for the nourishment of the body of Christ, not just that, even when the fruits are still maturing, the leaves that we bear in our union with the Lord act as medicine for the souls. Leaves are the first sign of growth of a tree. Leaves that are fresh and green attract others to the tree. Leaves are the sign of our passion for the Lord that never runs out, Leaves show our first love for the Lord that others feel while we talk to them. We need healthy leaves to live the life of an ambassador of Christ. Christ makes his appeal through us that shines through the passion with which we speak about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Leaves reflect our youthfulness and child-likeness that run to proclaim to the perishing world, the way Samaritan woman ran to the village to tell others about Christ. Our passionate testimony can bring healing to the nations! Guard your spiritual fervor.

Where the fire of passion is, there is no place for anything else. There can not remain anything that is not God sent. No curse can stay to those who are living a life that is full of passionate love for Christ, since they have made Christ their Lord and Saviour. Where the throne of Jesus is, there can remain no other throne or principality or power! When the servants of the Lord look at the face of the King, His name will be written on their foreheads. If you want to change your destiny, your future, your situation, your life you don’t need to do anything, just look up!  Look up to the place where the throne of God is! Look up to the face of Christ that washes away sin. The moment we change the focus of our heart and start looking at the face of Jesus, He begins to change our mind. We need to take the first step by looking up and revival will follow that will shake the world in Jesus name! Those who have received the name of Jesus will also be given the authority to rule with him.

 

Revelation – Chapter 4

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.[a] Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”[b]

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”[c] And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” 

Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts.”[d]

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

The Lord promised rest to his people. And it’s the desire of our heavenly father that we may enter into God given rest. But since God’s rest is based on the promises of God, we can’t enter into the rest of God, unless we have faith in God. But some of you might say that we have faith in God through his Son Jesus Christ, but is our faith based on our experience with the Lord or someone else’ experience or testimony. Testimonies rejuvenates our faith walk but we need to experience God daily in our lives in order to remain in faith. We need to tell the Lord his great works, we need to remind the Lord that he is covenant keeping God and we need to speak to ourselves that God is good and his goodness continues through all generations. We need to give our own testimony to ourselves daily so that the spark of faith remain ignited and become fiery fire that will attract many to the Kingdom of God. Lets remain in faith by daily confession of our faith to ourselves so that we may enter into God’s rest.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Whatever God has spoken will come to life into the life of the listener. Let’s be careful how we listen to the word of God. Whenever the word is preached, it is Either for the encouragement or the admonition of the Church. Let’s be diligent and eager to hear what the Lord is saying. If we receive the word of God with open mind and heart and ask the Lord to do his work through the word in our lives, we will begin to see great revival among us.

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The Lord is aware of human weaknesses and he has given us strength of the overcomer in Jesus. We have been given a High Priest who has all authority in heaven and on earth! Let’s call the name of Jesus today and start walking in victory!

Revelation Series – Chapter One

The revelation of Jesus Christ was given to John by an angel. The book of revelation is full of blessings. No other book of the Bible says, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophesy and blessed are those who hear.” Read aloud this book of prophesy and be blessed in Jesus name!

This book of prophesy was written for seven churches of God.

“Grace to you and peace from Him who is, who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of earth.”

John began the book by sending Grace and peace of God to the churches. Without the blessing of Grace and peace, God’s people can’t live a life that glorifies God. The blessing of Grace and peace is complete and whole since it comes down from the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. No work for the kingdom of God can be accomplished without the blessing of Grace and peace. This speaks to the people who want to work for the kingdom of God or have been working for the kingdom of God, unless the blessing of Grace and peace is available, the service to God will not be fruitful and effective.

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and forever and ever. Amen.”

Jesus shed his blood to redeem mankind from sin and consequences of sins. His blood has purified our conscience and delivers us from guilt so that we may serve the living God. Without being washed by the blood of the lamb, we can’t serve the God who is alive and lives for ever and ever.

When God delivers someone through His Son, Jesus Christ, He takes him/her from one glory to another by giving spiritual authority and new name. Those who believe on God’s work of salvation through Jesus Christ and confess that Jesus is the Lord enter into Royal priesthood and become Holy nation and Kingdom. Please notice that God multiplies the moment someone accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. One man or women becomes the thing of past and they are called by a new name “Kingdom.”  Kingdom where Christ is the King and an army of Holy angels come to help those who are to serve the living God. IF you are in Christ, you are not single but have become a nation and Kingdom. Wherever you move, the Kingdom of God moves with you. When others look at you, they see you many not one.

“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Jesus is our Alpha and the Omega. Alpha and Omega are the first and the last word of Greek alphabet. Jesus declares that he is the beginning and end of the creation. “He is before all things.” He is the fullness and completion of God’s creation. In his presence everything becomes whole. He brings life and light to God’s creation.

John was on the island of Patmos and on the Lord ’s Day he heard a loud voice like a trumpet.

Coming of Christ is accompanied with Holy angels who proclaim his praise and Glory. An army of angels was seen by the shepherds when Jesus was born. The army of angels goes before the Lord declaring his praise, honour and glory in a loud voice, like the sound of trumpet. The Lord asked John to write a book and send to seven Churches, and since Jesus is same yesterday, today and forever, he alone can tell what to do and where to go. Without receiving specific instructions from the Lord, no ministry can grow. Those who wait upon the Lord to hear his voice are blessed not only with God’s clear direction also the power to move in the direction of his will.

John saw seven golden lampstands and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe. “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

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 sun shining in full strength.”

John heard the voice of the Lord and saw the Lord clearly. John was on the island of Patmos but despite being at an isolated place, his eyes and ears were open to the Lord. This calls for great comfort for those who are at a place that seems isolated to them. Let whoever is reading be filled with God’s grace to see and hear him in all situations.

John saw the Lord in his glory and beauty. The Lord was wearing a robe with golden sash around his chest. The robe that the Lord was wearing is the robe of righteousness. Those who believe become righteousness of most High God and the Lord freely cloth them with robe of righteousness just as when the prodigal son came back to the father, father gave him a new robe so the Lord is willing to give a new authority, a new position to those who come to him leaving behind the old way of life. The Lord that we serve is Holy and just by looking at us, he delivers us from all evil. May the Lord shine his face on us and look at us as we wait upon the Lord to come on our way.

The Lord is the source of life and his voice brings life and refreshment to those who open their ears to his voice. The word that comes from his mouth is double edged. It is living and alive, that convicts the listener and brings him to complete repentance by its great power. The face of the Lord shines like the Sun that is shining in all its brilliance, those who look to the Lord become radiant. In Old Testament, we read that Moses spent 40 days at the top of the mountain with the Lord. When Moses came down, his face was shining. Paul says in 2 Corinthian 3:9, “For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.” And He said in verse 18, “We all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of Lord.” Rise and Shine, child of God for his glory has arrived by the coming of Jesus and his light is shining on you.

“When John saw the Lord, he fell at his feet as though dead. But the Lord laid His right hand on him saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last and the living one. I died and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and hades. Write therefore the things the you have seen, those that are to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the seven angels of the churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”

The Lord declared his authority over the world of dead and hades in front of John in all authority. When John saw the Lord, he fell at his feet out of reverence and the Lord encouraged him by telling him, “Don’t be afraid.” The Lord is giving this message to everyone reading these words today. He says, “Don’t be afraid.” For he has conquered death and the world of dead. He is victorious who has made us more than victorious in his victory procession. What you see today, claim the authority of Jesus Christ the resurrected one over your situation, your life, your circumstances and everything. The Lord is sovereign and Almighty. He is the resurrected one who can bring everything in your life back to life. Confess the victory of the Lord over your life and tell him Lord I am more than victorious because I am in you. Declare this Christ earned victory every day and you will see yourself walking and running in Christ earned victory in your life. Whatever comes to steal kill and destroy has already been declared defeated by Christ, the resurrected Lord.