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14. Sep, 2017

 

In a weeks time it is the time of the Biblical feast of the Feast of Trumpets [Leviticus 23:23-25] and in Israel it will be the welcoming of the new year, Rosh HaShanah, meaning head of the year or new year. This as we know is not the Biblical New Year as that is Passover the 14th day of Nissan. [Leviticus 23:4-5] However in the time of the Jewish exile in Babylon they lived under the Babylonian system. Babylon had a different calendar than the Bible and who’s New Year was at the time of the Biblical feast of trumpets. And so the Jewish people started to follow rules other than the Lords. There is a lesson here for us all because we are all easily led from the truth of the Word of God, if we take our eye off the Lord. [Exodus 32:1-8]

The Feast of Trumpets just happens to be one of those things the Church has forgotten about, but it is one of the Lords appointed times, [Leviticus 23:1-2] one of seven, which is God’s number for completeness of many things. [Leviticus 25:8] People say why should we worry about these feasts of the Lord? Well the Lord has created them for a reason, they are a program to keep us focused on the Lord, what He has done for us, and our behaviour towards Him.

The feasts also speak of the Lords return, kingship and marriage. So why not pay attention to the Lords voice as He speaks to the people through these events? God’s feasts speaks to us through the Passover, the beginning of our salvation, the first feast and to Pentecost when we received the Holy Spirit [Acts 2:1-3] and we received the power to understand what had gone before. [John 16:5-8] So why should we not connect to feast of Tabernacles? [Leviticus 23:34-35] He is the Omega - the ending and all those feasts in between. All the feasts connect the story together and are all-important to God or why else would He create them? The other feasts are: The feast of unleavened bread, [Leviticus 23:6] the feast that talks of behaviour, the feast of first fruits that speaks of presentation and giving to the Lord. [Leviticus 23:10]

If we go forward a few months, we come to the feast of trumpets, which speaks of ingathering [1 Thessalonians 1:4-13-17] and then comes the Day of Atonement, the Day of Judgment [Leviticus 23:26-32] that is coming no matter what we want for our future.

Paul warned us about teaching other than what is in the Word of God [2 Corinthians 11:4] and these feasts are as important today to all Believers as they were when God set them in place and in the time of Yeshua [John 7:37] and Paul. [Acts 18:21]

The Feasts of the Lord are the Passport of the Messiah and like a passport does for us the feasts do for the Lord, they identify who He is and His time line of events. The Feast of Trumpets is about ingathering of which nobody knows the hour or the day. We have been waiting two thousand years for His return and every year passes and nothing, proving this scripture. He was to come but it has not happened. But the day of His return gets ever closer and so Yeshua commanded us to keep watch [Matthew 24:42] because He will come like a thief in the night [1 Thessalonians 5:2] we must do just that, keep watch. Don't we all look forward to His return and to His once more walking on the earth among us in the cool of the day? [Genesis 3:8]

Within The feasts I have seen how the Lord plants a seed in the life of a person. The Lord plants a seed from which a tree grows and produces fruit in our lives. From that fruit we can produce seeds that we can spread that the Lord will water and grow to produce more fruit and on it goes, generation after generation and we are part of that. We the partakers of the Kingdom, the coins that were lost but are now found. [Luke 15:8-9] We who have accepted Yeshua as the true saviour of the world are now temples of the Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 6:19] and that alone should put happiness into our hearts that we want others to see and have.

Within the Feast the message is clear that the Lord is coming and He is coming at the sound of the trumpet [Matthew 24:30-31] at a time that speaks of kingship and wedding, when we are called home to dance around the throne. A wedding where all who are called by His name and have their names written in the Book of Life, are invited. [Revelation 21:22-27] The invitations have gone out all we have to do is say “Yes Lord I accept” and we are invited. [Romans 10:9] So on that day when we see the clouds roll in and darken and we hear the sound of the trumpet we will see the Lord coming in all His glory. Then He will take up His rightful place as the King of the Jews and of the entire world.

Psalm 47 is read at the Rosh HaShanah service by the Jewish Orthodox, seven times, which is God’s number.  It is read because it is a coronation song for the King.  Verse five speaks of two distinct elements of this feast, kingship and resurrection. And another song sung at The Feast of Trumpets is Psalm 45:13-15 about the bride and the coming King paralleled in the story of the Ten Virgins waiting for the coming King. [Matthew 25:1-13]

What a glorious day this will be as we will finally be able to attend the greatest wedding the world has ever seen. There will be dancing and rejoicing and the Lord will once more drink from the cup of redemption, the third cup of the Feast of Passover. [Luke 22:18] Then the Lord will break the glass and it will truly be finished, the beginning and the end the Alpha and the Omega. The glass broken is a symbol that all is complete, nothing more can be done for the fulfilment of the salvation for mankind. The question is how long will the marriage last, as long as the glass is broken, forever and ever glory be to His name. Heaven and earth are full of His Glory. Hallelujah. [Isaiah 6:3] 

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15:50-55

 

8. Sep, 2017

As time goes by the returning of the Lord gets ever closer. So our love for him should grow and know no bounds in readiness for His coming. He is the one who has given us a future, a future that if it’s half as good as the word tells us, we are going to be blessed far more than we can imagine. God’s love for the people is greater than the creation itself, [Psalm 65:6] the joy of it should be putting smiles on faces worldwide. Yeshua is coming and our joy of the encounter we will have with Him on that day should have our feet dancing and hearts pounding and our eyes looking to the heavens. With Jesus in our hearts it is most important to live for Him above all else.

If you will allow me for a moment to give a testimony about why I love the Lord and will serve Him for the rest of my life. I had already accepted Jesus as Lord [Romans 10:9] when I went to the hospital many years ago to have a large mole on my leg checked. The first thing the specialist said was, that has to come off, now! I didn't have to make an appointment as there just happened to be two doctors there doing out work such as small operations. So there and then they removed that mole which was just above my knee on my right leg. I left the hospital with my leg bandaged with the mole gone and life ahead of me.

Two days later I received a call from the doctor to tell me the mole was in fact a very serious melanoma and if I could come back at the end of the week they would once more operate on my leg. On the Friday I found myself in the operating room having more flesh removed from my leg. During prayer before the operation God had shown me that if it were cut out, all would be OK. A few weeks after the operation I went to see the surgeon and while looking at his files he looked up and said; “I believe you are healed.” I praise the Lord for those simple words and His faithfulness. [Romans 3:3] And it is for this reason and many more I serve the Lord today.

This made me feel important to God, [Matthew 10:30] why would He do such a thing to heal people if they are not important? I was on top of the world because I now had a life to serve my healer, the Father of all. [Ephesians 4:6] It is time for us all to look into the face of Yeshua and know Him with the love He showed us on the cross where He showed our importance to Him. Yes there is a time coming and maybe soon where there will be a great judgment for what we have and have not done. [2 Corinthians 5:10] We never need to fear this event when it occurs if our heart and life is one of surrender to our Saviour Yeshua.

We need to return to our First love, of the time when we were first saved and viewed the pathway to heaven through new eyes. Heaven is the place where the Lord sold everything for us to be able to enter. A pearl of great price [Matthew 13:45-46] is what He called us, the Lord gave up everything and paid the required price for us to be able to stand in His presence [Luke 24:20] where we will cry “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” [Revelation 7:10] This is our future so why would we ever pass it up by ignoring the call of the Lord for every person on earth to enter. [Revelation 3:20]

However people love the darkness and [John 3:19] are frightened to give up a moment’s pleasure for an award that will last forever when worldly pleasures are nothing but vanity. [Ecclesiastes 2:11] It is time to decide, will it be God or the world, light or dark, laughter or tears? It is our decision. [Joshua 24:15] as God the Father has done His bit and Yeshua gave up His life. [John 10:17-18] The Holy Spirit came to help us to follow the way that leads to salvation [John 14:26] and a place where there is no more pain. [Revelation 21:4]

In the words of a Japanese man suffering from leprosy, why should I fear the road ahead when the one who loves is leading me? Yes why should any of us fear the road ahead when the One who has showed love and grace from the beginning to all? Love and grace were shown to Adam and Eve then to Cain then to Noah and then to Jacob. To these He gave the gift of life by grace as He has so many times throughout history and as He has to us today. It is by this grace we have a future, which was presented to us on the cross and confirmed when they found the tomb empty. [Luke 24:24] It is the same Yeshua who rose from the dead and rose into heaven and one day will return. [Acts 1:9-11]

We need to answer the question, do we want to be part of what is to come or stay in the world? [1 John 2:15] But by the grace of God even if we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, [Acts 3:23] the Lord died for us while we were still in that state of sin, [Acts 5:8] forgave us as He hung on the cross, surely the decision is easy is it not? Before we make that decision we need to remind ourselves of what the Lord gave up. He came from heaven and dwelt among us. [John 1:14] He showed His power grace and love. He was there for all who called upon Him for help. Then He gave up His life for us in a most painful way. Jesus has done what the Lord God called Him to do right to the very end. [Luke 22:42] Now it is our turn to follow Him and enjoy the walk, just remember the journey, with all its ups and the downs, will be worth it at the end, as His was. [Colossians 3:1]

 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:7-9

1. Sep, 2017

 

Who is worthy to open the scrolls? It is the Lion of Judah the One who was slain and rose from the dead. [Revelation 5:5] He has purchased people from every tribe and nation, language and people. [Revelation 5:9] From the poorest to the richest from the weakest to the strongest and He has taken all trouble upon Himself to set us free to see His beauty and power. It is not Him that is blocking our minds from releasing all to Him, it’s ourselves. He may have come as the suffering servant and sadly we continue to look upon Him in this way. The problem with this is we are relating to weakness and suffering and in many cases can't see past our troubles to see the real Yeshua.

We read the First Testament and see the prophecies of the coming Messiah and how He will set the captives free. [Isaiah 61:1] We read the scriptures of His suffering and maybe relate to His pain [Isaiah 53] with what we are going through and in doing so we miss the real Yeshua of today. He was born into a manger as a helpless baby, He grew into a small boy who Herod tried to kill [Matthew 2:16] and was used and abused and finally they nailed Him to the cross. [John 19:17] In this we celebrate year after year His weakness, His birth and His death. But what about who He is now?

The writer of Psalm 35:23 said, “My Saviour and my God,” in John 20:28, Thomas said my “Lord and my God”. Does this sound like someone who is weak or more like the One who created the heavens and the earth [Isaiah 37:16] and is all-powerful and all knowing? [1 John 3:20] They have taken Yeshua and used and abused Him but He is now the Wonderful councillor, Mighty God, Prince of peace, ever lasting Father. [Isaiah 9:6-7] He is no longer a helpless babe but the Almighty conquering King and it as this King He will return. [Revelation 19:15-16]

Yeshua is our Lord and Saviour who will one day return to take up His golden crown and reign from Jerusalem. He is the one who holds all things together [Colossians 1:17] and will reign forever. [Revelation 22:5] Yeshua, the One who has the power to heal, to save and many more things, He is the power that is there for us to plug into. Yeshua said we would do greater things [John 14:12] but in many cases we fail to plug into that power. It is like having an electrical appliance that we don't plug into the power source, it becomes a waste of time to have. The power of God is waiting for us to plug into it and when we do we can forget our troubles and hand them over to Him.

“Come to me all who are heavy laden”, [Matthew 11:28] is not a request but a command, He wants us to be ready for His return, [Mark 13:35] Revelation 1 describes who He is, the first and the last the suffering servant but then the conquering King. In Revelation chapters one and two explains how we are to act and not act as followers of the Messiah. We are made in the image of God and it is in this image that we can act and it is in this image we are awaiting for His return. It is time to start to live what we will experience when called home, not only a life of victory but also a life showing that victory. [1 John 5:4] When the Lord comes and we are changed in the blink of an eye, it will be too late to change. The victory was won when they found the empty tomb and we need to live within that victory which is our future and not keep looking to what has happened but to what will be. [Revelation 21:21]

 When the Lord comes in the clouds and with the mighty trumpet blast and gathers His people [1 Corinthians 15:52] from the four winds to Himself, he will not be looking for those who are living in the past but those who have their lamps trimmed and waiting and ready for the final journey. [Matthew 25:1] When the Lord is standing on the Mount of Olives looking over His Kingdom [Zechariah 14:4] and the river of life is flowing to the east and west it will bring life [Ezekiel 47:9] to all it touches and our names will be written in the Book of Life. [Revelation 20:12] We will only be ready if we look forward not back. Yeshua said those who put their hand to the plough and then look back are not fit for the Kingdom of God. [Luke 9:62] This is not just working for Him but committing one’s life to Him. We need to stop looking in the rear vision mirror, which has very limited viewing, and keep our eyes on the narrow road [Matthew 7:14] ahead and not turn to the left or the right. [Deuteronomy 5:32]

The Lord planted in us His seed, we can either expose it to the Light of the World [John 8:12] and see growth or we can keep it hidden in the darkness of the past. We can water the seed with the water of life [John 7:38] or we can leave it dry and thirsty, it is our choice but once we put our hand to the plough then there is no going back, you cannot plow backwards. I believe the book of Revelations events started after the Lord was resurrected, it was told to John who recognised his Lord. It is the story of History in the Messianic age, the time of the Messiah.

The Orthodox Jewish people have divided up history in the following way. The first two thousand years, Adam to Abraham, the age of desolation the next two thousand years from Abraham to the expected arrival of the Messiah is known as the age of Torah. The final two thousand years the days of Messiah. And so this has been fulfilled, as we know in Yeshua. The next thousand years are known as the coming age sounds a lot like the Lord is coming twice and He is. All this adds up to the redemption for all Mankind.

We are about to enter what the people of Israel call the High Holidays starting with the Feast of Trumpets [Leviticus 23:23-24] which is the final part of the plan. Passover - salvation given, Pentecost (Shavuot) salvation understood and finally Tabernacles, salvation received. The final section of feasts, start with the Feast of Trumpets, the only Feast of the Lord where the people were commanded to blow the trumpets. Then comes the Feast of Atonement [Leviticus 23:26-28] followed by the Feast of Tabernacles and the dance of the Groom. [Leviticus 23:34] Did not Yeshua say He would come on a great trumpet blast? [Matthew 24:31] Paul stated we would change at the last trumpet [1 Corinthians 15:52] and we would be gathered up on a great trumpet blast. [I Thessalonians 4:16 ] The Lord had the trumpet blown as a warning call of what was about to happen at the beginning of the Book of Revelation warning the churches of what was about to happen. [Revelation 1:10]

The Almighty God is going to return not as a sleeping baby or nailed to a cross but as a Mighty Warrior with a double edge sword cutting to the truth in all things. [Revelation 19:11-16] He will gather the believers of the world to Himself, the question remains do we have our lamps trimmed? Are we keeping watch for what is to come with our hearts and minds looking forward to the glory that is to come?

 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Revelation 22:12-14

25. Aug, 2017

The Lord’s direction

 

There is a book entitled, ‘Why I am Disappointed with God’, but surely the question should be, have we disappointed God? He has taught us, promised us salvation and produced that salvation after much heartache and forgiveness. [Luke 23:23] Why in all the world should we or could we be disappointed with God when we are the ones who have disappointed Him in our actions and words.

God said, “Keep awake, pay attention [Matthew 24:43] and follow Me.” [Matthew 16:24] Then He came in the flesh [John 1:1] and again spoke to the people and still many would not listen. [Psalm 81:11] They nailed Him to a cross, He died was buried and rose from the dead [1 Corinthians 15:4] and still people deny the truth of the Gospel. As Paul said, they exchanged the truth for a lie and followed the created instead of the Creator. [Romans 1:25] People down through the ages have run after things that sound good to the ears, [2 Timothy 4:3] yes the Pale horse of deception is still alive and well.

Just on Sunday a man told me he was not interested in Jewish things. So where does he get this from? I will be bold enough to say the church. I wanted to ask, have you never read the Bible a Jewish Book? Or, does he not follow Yeshua, the very Jewish Messiah? There are many things from the world that we are allowing into the church that show we are heading further from the Word instead of closer to it.

One of the biggest teachings is that we don't have to repent now that Yeshua has died for our sins. Scripture does not back this but it is promoted throughout the Christian world and by TV Pastors. When I pointed out the problems with this teaching to a friend I was told Paul never told people to repent. Again this could not be further from the truth. One TV Evangelist said and I quote, "If someone is telling you that you have sinned it is not the Holy Spirit, but the devil." Is this not blaspheming the Holy Spirit? [Matthew 12:32] and yet this man has a following of thousands because it sounds good.

After His introduction of Himself, in chapter one, Yeshua made it very clear to the churches what was required of them before they could continue within the Revelation He was about to give them. In John 3:3 Yeshua said we have to be Born Again before we can see the Kingdom of God. But at this time He did not lay out what born again fully meant, now I believe He was about to do so. He did say “Love the Lord your God and love your neighbour” as a starting point but what else was required? The Lord speaks to seven Churches laying down how they are to act as followers of the Word and followers of the Messiah.

The first church He spoke to had lost their first love, they had fallen asleep and obviously were just going through the motions. With time short we have to wake up to the Gospel message and live it, show it, and provoke others to do the same. [[]] Yeshua said repent and do the first works, in other words pick up the cross you have dropped and continue your walk with Me to the end, for those who overcome He will give the right to the Tree of Life and we can do this by Listening to the Spirit of God. [Revelation 2:1-7]

Then He spoke to the persecuted and those in poverty, He warned them what was to come after reminding them who He was. They would have to go through a tribulation but not to worry as they would get a great reward, a crown of life and will not be hurt by the second death if they stood firm on the Word. We all go through troubles and from these troubles we can grow in the Lord and know Him personally in a much deeper way. The crown of life is worth fighting for and God will give the strength to do so, so we can all, no matter what, strive for the crown of life. [Revelation 2:8-11]

Next was the compromising church, the church that has accepted interfaith. It is a church that has claimed Yeshua but follows those teachings that sound good. They have gone against the Word, they have gone their own way and also committed sexual sin. A message given so long ago and yet is as important of a warning to the human being today as it was then. We have turned to the creation instead of the Creator for our identification with many even in the church now happy to go along with the world in many areas such as abortion and or a gay life style. But Yeshua said repent or I will come to you with the two-edge sword. He who has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying and I will give a new name a name, which I am sure would be written in the Book of Life, but we have to listen and act. [Revelation 2:12-17]

Then He speaks of the corruption within the church, they may look great on the outside but inside they have the false prophets of the Word leading people astray with their nice sounding words. The Lord is telling us to repent of many things including sexual immorality by many church leaders a thing that has destroyed many faith walks of people attending those churches. The Lord warns us these people will be destroyed; He will give according to our actions. However those who overcome and keep His Word and the works of the Lord will be given great power and an even greater reward. [Revelation 2:18-29]

Then the church that starts off well and then dies loses its first love and the people are going through the motions, they have a form of worship but their hearts are far from the Lord. In the words of a Pastor I knew, they get established and become a club and not proclaimers of the Gospel. If we become dead in our faith and unless we repent from this we could miss the Lords coming. We must always be ready for the coming of the Lord and going through the motions is not being ready for what is to come and the great reward for those who are. [Revelation 3:1-6]

Within the directions of these chapters the Lord speaks of only one church in seven that is faithful to the Lord and His message. Is this the same today with all that is going on, with compromise, corruption, interfaith and do as you like as grace covers your sins? The people of this church were to be kept from the hour of trouble because of their faithfulness, they were to become pillars within the Temple and have the name of God written upon them as they were over comers of all things as they had stayed true to the Word. [Revelation 3:7-13]

The last church mentioned is the lukewarm church, neither hot nor cold, just attending and nothing more. They said they were rich and in need of nothing but did not know what they were missing out on. They needed the refining fire as we do, to bring them back they needed healing to be zealous for the Lord as we should be and repent, as we should. [Revelation 3:14-19]

Repentance is the theme of this part of the Book of Revelation, Every church is told to repent, something taught against today. Repentance before the Lord, something we should never ignore as we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. [Romans 3:23] How do we learn what to do, listen and hear what the spirit of God is telling us? [John 16:13] The Lord said for those who obey and follow Him truly there are great rewards, a crown and their name in the book of life and to be a Pillar in God’s temple. We need to take notice of these first three chapters and then act on them and then we may be ready to have some understanding for the rest of the message as Born Again Believers. Awake with our ear to hear the message to what the Holy Spirit is saying. As we are reminded unless you are born again you can never see the Kingdom of God. [John 3:3] Remembering this message is open to all who open the door to the Lord’s call. [Revelation 3:19-22]

Yeshua explained who He was in the first chapter and then explained how we should be in the next two, [1 Corinthians 2:16] before giving the Disciple John the main message so he knew the truth behind the message he was about to receive. The Revelation of what had happened, what was happening and what will happen so we can be ready for the end when it comes.

 

So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. ‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. ‘He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ Revelation 3:3-6

 

 

 

18. Aug, 2017

The Final Horseman

Last week I wrote about the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives but we all know it has been a long and tortuous journey before this event can and will occur. There have been as they say some ups and downs along the way and all caused by our weakness and the work of the evil one as listed in Revelation 6. First there was a White horse, [Revelation 6:2] not the one of the Lord, as this rider has a bow and not a sword. This rider went out conquering, a situation of control, control of the people and their lives. This is not the Lord as in Him we have a free will to go and do what we want. We are free to do anything we want but not all things are profitable. [1 Corinthians 10:23] Many things we get involved with lead us away from the Lord and not closer. We are to have the mind of the Messiah [1 Corinthians 2:16] and He came for one purpose and that is to bring us to the Father. [John 17:20-26]

Then came the Red horse, [Revelation 6:4] he takes our peace and there is plenty of evidence that this has occurred in the past and is still doing so today. A peace that every one is looking for in their lives is being stolen from them daily by the things thrown at them by the worldly system. He is our peace he is our every thought. [Ephesians 2:14] Things happen and we react even knowing that Yeshua said to get angry with our brother, will bring judgment. [Matthew 5:21-22] It is time to claim that peace in our lives. The scriptures of these horses read as if the horse and rider are in control. But having ridden a horse I know the rider is in control. The bit is in the horse’s mouth not ours and it is time to show we are followers of the King of Kings and He is our peace. James 3 talks of the lack of peace and then how we can obtain it. [James 3:17-18]

Then came the Black horse [Revelation 6:5] and an attack on the finances of the people. If we look down through history it is obvious just how successful the rider of the Black horse has been. The result is people living in the streets and living in hovels throughout the world. The problem being is our financial situations have been allowed to affect our relationship with the Lord and allowed our world to become dark. Let us turn the light back on and remove the darkness from our lives. Seek you first the Kingdom of God [Matthew 6:32-33] no matter what our situation may be, as He is the Light that no darkness can remove [John 1;5] the Lord and His promises from our lives. [Romans 8:37-39] Let us put aside where we are in the world and think of and know, what lies ahead after our Lord stands on the Mount of Olives [Zechariah 14:4] will be more glorious than we can imagine.

 Then came the Pale horse with much death. [Revelation 6:8] When we look at history and the Black Plague, they say up to half the world population died in the known world at the time. The Jewish cleansing laws saved many of them from the Plaque but not from the wrath of those who were losing loved ones.  The people claimed if the Jewish people weren’t dying then they must have caused it. Then the squalor that many people lived in brought other sicknesses and death. People had to drink Gin as the water was too polluted. The Pale horse roamed back and forth bringing death [Revelation 6:8] but those in the Lord still had a life to come and I am sure would have brought light into the darkest places. [Psalm 89:15]

 Next came the cry of the Martyrs, how long Lord until you avenge for our blood and the Lord said wait just a little longer. [Revelation 6:15] Throughout history from the time of the Disciples until this present time people have and are still dying for their faith in the hope to come. From Steven standing in front of the leaders of his time, exclaimed he could see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Father [Acts 7:51-60] until the Christian refusing to convert to Islam. People have been dying for their faith in the One who was and is and is to come. [Revelation 1:8] The One who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. [Hebrews 13:8 The One who is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last and holds the keys to both death and life. [Revelation 1:17-18]

 These people stood firm on the truth proclaiming there is nothing nor any one greater than the Son of God, Prince of Peace and Almighty God, [Isaiah 9:6] simply by their actions of not giving in, as no words were required. Could we do the same? We pray the Lord would give us the strength to stand firm on the Word and the promises it holds for each and everyone of us. Then we jump to Revelation 19:11: The heavens open and a rider on a white horse who is faithful and true. This the one who will come in the end of days, no warrior will be able to stand against Him and no lie be able to stand in His presence. [Exodus 33:17-23]

  His eyes will be like a flame of fire [Revelation 19:12] burning right into the darkest of any or every soul. He will see all and He will know all. [1 John 3:20] This is the One coming with many crowns and a name that is the Word of God. [Revelation 19:13] His name is the Word that is truth and which has been bringing that truth to countless generations down through the ages. One day we will look up and there He will be in all His glory leading the great army of Angels, [Revelation 19:14] He will have arrived, Ben David, the conquering King. Once He came as a suffering servant, Ben Joseph. Now the letters have been written the warnings sent out it is time for the Mighty Councillor to take His rightful place. And they will look upon the One they pierced and there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. [Zechariah 12:10]

 All that has gone before is just the preamble for what was to come; now the Messiah will come with His two edge sword cutting through to the thoughts and intents of the heart of every person on earth. [Hebrews 4:14] His will be the questions, ours will be the confession as the Lord takes up His rule over all the nations. [Revelation 19:15] We will look and have no doubt who this rider is for on His thigh is a name written, KING of Kings and Lord of lords. [Revelation 19:16] All the power from the riders as they have rode through history will be destroyed and He will reign forever more. Halleluyah!

 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:1-4