Thursday, March 17, 2016

The End is Almost Here!

Wow, as a believer it is hard not to look around at the craziness of the world and not begin to wonder when it will all end. We have the hope that one day, a complete restoration will come to this world, and all the stuff that is getting out of hand now will one day, fall under the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. He will be the perfect ruler of everything and life will go back to the way it was intended. No more tears, death, illness or even sadness. No desire to commit sin. It is even hard to wrap our minds around that, but it is what Jesus has promised. It is the very reason why we study Bible prophecy, because if the promises of the Bible didn't come true, we would have no hope in a future, eternal life in heaven!

As we continue through the Book of Revelation in Chapter 15, we see the this is the smallest chapter in the entire book. This is the final preparations before the announcement of the vial or bowl judgments from God. Here the final last minute stage is being set and God is gathering everything together as the final judgments are about to being. These will culminate into the Second Coming in the closing months of the Tribulation Period.

Chapters 15 and 16 will pick up the chronological events of the Tribulation Period while chapters 17 and 18 are more parenthetical inserts before the action picks back up again in Chapter 19. At this point in time as all the judgments from God have been unleashed, you would think people would turn to God and accept what He has to offer. They unfortunately have become like Pharaoh and have hardened their heart towards God. If you remain undecided at this point in your life, you're either getting softer and ready to accept what He has to offer, or you're growing hardened towards God. One day it will all be set in stone in your heart like concrete and I encourage you not to wait.

We find that in the worship of God, He's done great things.

Revelation 15:3b-4 ~ "And they sing the Song of Moses, the servant of God, and the Song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!"

The Worship of God, He alone gives the song. The Song of Moses is the Song of Deliverance, and the Song of the Lamb is the Song of Salvation. These Tribulation Saints that are singing these songs are not complaining that they have lost their lives for being believers of Jesus Christ, they are singing them because they stand victorious in what they have accomplished in Him. They are born-again Jewish believers but not exclusively. They have been redeemed and are saved.

Today in our world, we have everything, but the world still complains. They are like spoiled children who don't appreciate anything. As believers, we need to be mindful to be thanking God for everything He provides. We can complain about everything if we set our hearts in that mindset.

Do you thank God today? If not, why not?

Psalm 145:8-11 ~ "The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power. "

Do you bless God?

Psalm 66:1-4 ~ "Shout for joy to God, all the earth' sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you' they sing praises to your name." Selah."

The worship of God is evident to all mankind, is the reference to the millennial Jesus who is coming to rule and reign for 1000 years at the conclusion of the Tribulation Period. The deserts will bloom and all those needles on the cactus are merely under-developed flowers that will not bloom. Imagine what the deserts will look like when Jesus returns. Nature wants to set free to go back to its original beauty.

The worship of God, therefore, is the right thing to do. The Tribulation Saints that have been martyred are not complaining about the death they had to endure, they stand victorious on the sea of glass singing with confidence!

Revelation 15:3b ~ "Just and true are Your ways, O' King of the saints!"

People fear death and it often times keeps people in bondage from living the life God had intended for them. The glory of God can captivate you instead! Even as believers in Jesus Christ, we are fearful of that valley of the shadow of death, that is speaking of the death process. It's the getting there that we are afraid of, because we don't want to have to suffer and be in pain, but God promises us that He will walk with us as we make our way through that valley. When we take our last breath here, we take our first one in heaven, as we walk into the presence of God.

The Bible is very clear on its promises to the believer of Jesus, that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord. Our physical bodies will remain in the ground until the Rapture of the church and then we will receive our new heavenly redeemed and perfect bodies! So while you may fear the process of death, rejoice if you are a believer because one day it will all be worth it in the end, even to die for Jesus!

Lets get into the practice now and begin to appreciate singing praise and worship songs to Jesus! They are prayers to God and one day it will be part of the new life we share in heaven thanking Him for our eternal life!

1 comment:

LV said...

Thank very much for another great message that everyone needs to follow. You do an excellent job on your bible study.