June 12, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

We mentioned yesterday how that Jesus will return to earth one day to exercise judgment and justice upon this earth.  It encourages and blesses me to think about the promise of His return during times of distress like our country and world is experiencing in these days.  I believe that it will take our Lord’s return to set things in order before these issues people are fighting over will be resolved and we can have any lasting peace and security on this earth. 

Jesus revealed some things to the Apostle John on the isle of Patmos as he penned down what he was allowed to write in the book of Revelation.  The Bible says we are blessed just to read and hear the words of this prophecy.  (Revelation 1:3)  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.  So, let’s just take time this morning to read and meditate over the fact of Jesus’ imminent return to exercise judgment and justice upon this earth.

(Revelation 19:11-21)  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

(Revelation 20:1-6)  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

One day Jesus will come riding out of heaven on a white horse and the armies in heaven will follow him upon white horses (I believe this army is comprised of all born again believers that were taken away to heaven during the rapture of which I’m planning to be a part of).  The Devil and Satan will be bound for 1,000 years and cast into the bottomless pit that he should deceive the nations no more until the 1,000 years are fulfilled.  Then those that have a part in the first resurrection shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him for a thousand years. 

Thinking on these things is what blesses me in the midst of all this chaos and I hope it blesses you as well.

Bro. Rick

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