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21. Jul, 2017

I Believe

In every storm I believe a prayer is heard, these words are from a song called “I Believe”. Today I would like to look at why I believe. In fact I think the Lord is asking that question of us all. There is no simple quick answer to this question and every person will have a different answer. To some my answer could be long and complicated but to me it has been such a wonderful journey of discovery. From that day when I was a very small boy and I heard about Yeshua for the first time and some seventy years later I teach of the wonders of Him.

There is so much to see in this world that speaks of the hand of God, [Psalm 27:4] in fact every living thing speaks of the Lord, His wonderful creative power. [Isaiah 45:18] But in those storms when everything is dark and the rain and wind batters our lives and we can't see a way out, we just have to remember that the Lord can calm every and any storm. [Luke 8:24] For me there have been many storms in one way or another. However since I have known the Lord I can see how He was always there but my eyes were closed to His Wonders. [Romans 11:8] Then one day He opened my eyes and I saw what we have, what I had, and the rest is history. [John 9:30]

Now when I stand on the seashore or see the trees blowing in the breeze, and the seeds that fall from the mighty Oak Tree that we are told grow into mighty Oak Trees. My question has always been how does a tree know how high to grow from such a little seed? God’s hand can be seen in everything we can see and touch. From the eagles that nest in the mountains to the squirrel that stores its food for the winter. Just seeing the wonders of God is a very good reason to believe. [Romans 1:20]

But then there is more because that is only the physical world, but what about the spiritual world? God has given us such a beautiful place to live but there is more to come. A much greater place where the light never fades [Isaiah 60:19-20] and there is no more sickness or pain. [Revelation 21:4] So how do we get from the physical world to the world to come, what about what is in between? In between is life, we are given choices and it is with those choices we have decisions to make. [Joshua 24:15] It took many years for myself to make the choice to follow the Lord but when I did it was the greatest thing I ever did. [Micah 4:5]

I thought back to those storms that the Lord had brought me through. Like the time I nearly choked on a piece of candy and saved by being tipped upside down. The day I nearly drowned and was saved as I was sinking below the waves, or when our school bus was hit head on by a truck and the bus was wrecked beyond repair and we all walked away from it with just a few cuts and bruises. Then the day I was diagnosed with cancer melanoma and the diagnoses was not good. I suppose one of the biggest storms I have faced and after a lot prayer and two operations the surgeon said: “I believe you are healed”, words that have rung in my head ever since. [Psalm 30:2] This is another one of the many reasons why I believe.

We have a mighty God who hears us in our darkest times and puts a smile on a face that has not smiled for years. He dries those tears of hurt and pain and unforgiveness. [Psalm 103:3] He forgives our darkest moments and for going far from Him. He is calling all to come to Him and the distance we have gone from Him will never be too far for His voice and His love to be heard. [Luke 15:11-24] This is why I believe.

One day in God’s mercy we was decided that we needed more than just words, we needed to see action. God has spoken down through the ages to many people and they experienced miracles, signs and wonders. [Daniel 6:27] Prophecies were and are still being fulfilled and the greatest of these was the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. [1 Corinthians 15:12-19] With the many times I have stood in front of the empty tomb [Mark 16:6] in Jerusalem and walking where the Saviour of the world walked, I know why I believe.

God took His only begotten Son and gave Him as the perfect sacrifice for you and me. [Hebrews 9:14] And in all that pain He cried out “Lord forgive them for they do not know what they do”. [Luke 23:34] If He can forgive me - a sinner and all I have done, [Romans 3:23] how I abused His love as I was growing up and walked away from Him as a young man and He still called out to me, [Matthew 11:28] then I know why I believe. His love is so strong and His voice so gentle and His presence so powerful and over coming, all of which I have experienced, I have no other choice then to believe. I believe because He is true to His promises His word is never wrong [Psalm 18:30] and by walking on a beach looking at His power in the morning sunrise or seeing an image of Him at the moment of birth, [Genesis 1:27] then what else can we do but believe? Let us all take a moment and reflect on all the things and wonders of the living God, His power, His promises, His love, which is there for each and every one of us as we walk through the darkness and out into the light- His LIght.

 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

13. Jul, 2017

God’s Love

God is a God of beauty and of love and encouragement. He is all-powerful [Exodus 15:11] and all knowing. [1 Samuel 2:3] In the beginning He created the heavens and the earth. [Genesis 1:1] Then for the day He gave the Sun and the night He gave the lesser light. [Genesis 1:16] Both lights God created and in this showed His power, in the beginning the world was in darkness [Genesis 1:2] and God said: “Let there be lights in the sky.” [Genesis 1:14] Yes the very sun we stand on a beach and watch rise above the horizon as we did recently as people have done for millennium.

This is when I took this photo, first there was the small glow then finally the burst of sunlight showing the mighty power of the Lord. [Psalm 150:1] As I stood there standing in awe of what saw I could see how small we are in the greater scheme of things. The earth is smaller than a speck of dust in the greater universe and yet we are all important in His sight. [Psalm 117:2] Take a look at the photo and in the middle you can see a speck of light shining through the cloud. The more I looked at this photo the more I could see God’s hand in our world and our lives.

The Lord said He is the light of the world, [John 8:12] first in this picture we can see the mighty light that He created to control the day. The glow shines across the sky and then I saw the speck in the clouds, a picture of us. We may think we are so small but what is the source of the light showing us up in this photo? There is the light of the Lord Himself, which is behind us. [Ephesians 5:8] He is the one lighting up our lives, the light behind all people who confess the Light of the World - Yeshua as Lord and Saviour. [1 John 1:7] This is the light that shows us the way to the Father, sinners walk in darkness but when we repent and believe we can walk by the Light and He walks with us. [Colossians 1:13] This was the reason for the cross so that God can walk with us [John 1:9] through the darkness showing the way by a light that the darkness cannot over come. [John 1:5]

The little dot shinning through the cloud is a sign to us all He not only creates the little things like you and me but He cares, loves and helps to make us light up like a sunbeam - A sunbeam which works for Him, shines for Him [Romans 13:12] and lives for Him. [Luke 9:23] He cares for each and every one of us in such a mighty way. In the beginning God created male and female [Genesis 1:27] and He made each and everyone of us beautifully. [Psalm 139:14] He cares what happens to us and does not want to see any one lost. [Ezekiel 33:11] He knows each and everyone by name. [Matthew 10:30-31]

God warns, God teaches, God loves and God saves the lost to bring them into His Kingdom, this is by Him alone, as He will give His glory to no one else. [Isaiah 48:2] This is the power and the love behind that little speck in the clouds this is the full force and glory of the God of the Heavens and the Earth the one and only that sent Yeshua to the cross. The one who sent Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others to warn the peoples to what was to come. Nothing happens without first there is a warning, a warning may come in many forms and if and when or if the trouble does come God has given us a way out. It’s called repentance, not easy at first but once we feel the release of the freedom it brings it is so much easier to do if we fail the Lord a second time. [1 John 1:9]

This is the God we serve, He can take a simple thing such as a beautiful sunrise and paint a picture for us and send us a message. Out of the darkness comes light and with light comes life [1 Peter 2:9] and in that life comes a peace as beautiful as the dawn as the sun rises over the sea with its reflection in the quiet waters. This is what God feels about each and every one of us. We are made in His image [Genesis 1:27] and that image of God can and does reflect His glory by just stopping for a moment in time and saying; Here I am Lord, then we, like countless people before us, have the right to become children of God. [John 1:12] Yes we are truly all brothers and sisters in the Lord as we all have the One true Father. [1 Corinthians 8:6]

Our earthly fathers may have let us down or not been the fathers they should have been but there is one Father who will never ever leave us or let us down. If we rebel against our earthly father, they may walk away but God never will. The love He has for each and every one of us is beyond measure. [Malachi 3:10] The picture the Lord once showed me, human love is like a patch of ice on a lake. You break it you fall through as it fails to hold us. God’s love is like the trampoline, we can stretch it bounce on it but it always springs back to hold and support us. Humans can use love as a weapon to control where as God uses love to hold us and to support us and it can never be broken no matter what we do. [Isaiah 54:10]

The more I looked at this picture the more I saw God’s power and majesty that can shine through us all if only we would let go and let Him. Yes Yeshua definitely wants us to shine for Him in every aspect of our lives. [Matthew 22:37] Yeshua shone forth from the Tomb with a light that has gone right around the world and is still shining into people’s lives today. This is the Light that came into the world at Bethlehem and then into our hearts at Calvary, a light in the darkness. The very Light that will light up the New Jerusalem forever and ever just for you and me. This is the same light shining in the lives of Believers in Yeshua today. Amen

 

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bondservants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5

 

5. Jul, 2017

Follow the Lord no matter what.

 The question asked by the Pastor the other day was, - How far are we prepared to go for the Lord? This is a fair question in today’s society when the pressures of the world are increasing by the day. Christianity is being signaled out more and more because of the exclusive message the Gospel brings to the world. There is only one heaven, not heavens, [Luke 15:7] and there is only one path to it [Matthew 7:13-14] and there is only one Lord calling us home. [James 2:19] There are many paths we can take in society but only one that has the ending that God wants for us all, a relationship with Him. [Deuteronomy 6:5]

If we want to see how exclusive His message is we can just look to the heavens. [Psalm 96:5] They claim there are countless planets out there somewhere but whenever they discover another one, there is always something wrong to why it can’t support life like our little planet, A little speck in space that has everything right, the right distance from the sun, the right rotational speed and the right amount of water to support life. How special is this planet in God’s eyes? To answer that question I would suggest you go to Google and Google it, a little blue dot in a sunbeam. This is a photo taken by Voyager 1 as it left the Solar System. Think on this as you view this picture, why is there not a glow from the Sun but just a beam of light shining on that little blue spot?

          To me this is a picture of the hand of God on this planet as it journeys through space. This is the same hand that is on each of us trying to guide us into His Kingdom.  Psalm 119:105] This the same hand a senior General of the Israeli army saw in the sky over the Golan holding back the enemy in the Six Day war. It is the same hand that was nailed to a cross to bring salvation to the world. [John 20:25] Why do we ever doubt the power of our God? [Psalm 65:6-9] this awesome God who created that little blue dot in the sunbeam that is our home in God’s mighty universe? God speaks to His people ‘Shama’ which in Hebrew is listen, then act on what you have heard. I believe the Lord is not only calling Shama Israel but also Shama the world to hear and act on His Word. [Jeremiah 42:5]

It is fifty years since the state of Israel finally received back the City of the Great King from the Gentiles, [Luke 21:24] and what a fifty years it has been for both Israel and the world. Thirty-Three countries voted in 1947 to return the Jewish nation to the Jewish people. But it took another twenty years before they could walk in triumph and once more pray freely at the Western Wall. God did a great miracle as it was restored to His people in just six days, from the state of Jordan.

God’s hand lies over all the earth moving back and forth searching for people who will follow Him both in good times and the bad. Isaiah said: “Here I am send me Lord”. [Isaiah 6:8] From the time of the Disciples, people have been called to serve, whether it is on the front line or giving support to those who go, God is still calling us today. He is calling people into His exclusive fold. [Matthew 11:28]

Time is short for us all, we are like grass, here today gone tomorrow [Psalm 90:3-6] and God is calling because of what happens after our tomorrow, it is our choice. Is my arm too short to save? [Isaiah 59:1] asked God and then showed it was not. Every time we open a newspaper today there is an attack on people who have come to realise the saving grace of our Lord Yeshua. It may be an attack in Egypt or Syria or it may be a government somewhere taking down the Ten Commandments or removing the Lord from our classrooms. Many professors around the world are trying to shape the minds of our future leaders against Christianity. Our future leaders are being taught there is no God and to say there is to be a bigot and who wants to be called this.

However we must remember names are not going to destroy what Yeshua did for us on the cross. There are two sayings from the past, everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. And people want to go to heaven but they don’t want anything to do with the cross of Yeshua. There are many religions out there and all of them rely on their own strength and or actions to get into their heaven.  There is but one exclusive teaching and it is this; we are saved by grace through faith, [Ephesians 2:4-5] I am the way the truth and the life and nobody comes to the Father but by me, [John 14:6] If you confess Yeshua is Lord you will be saved, [Romans 10:9] by no other name can we be saved. [Acts 4:12] Because He is the One born of woman [Isaiah 7:14] and His name will be wonderful councillor, prince of peace, almighty God, God is with us. [Isaiah 9:6] He would go like a lamb to the slaughter, He would be bruised for our iniquities and by His stripes we would be healed. [Isaiah 53] This is the One who would heal the broken hearted and bring good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, sight for the blind and set free the oppressed. [Isaiah 61:1] These are all physical problems but they are also a spiritual captivity, problems that destroy the physical and the spiritual.

Is it any wonder the evil of the world is out to destroy the followers of this exclusive way? But the Good News is anybody can join this way and be saved, the really Good News is there is no exclusiveness to who can join. Therefore the answer to the original question should be, as far as the Lord wants to take me regardless of the cost. Because no matter what, He is still Lord as He was yesterday, today and tomorrow. [Hebrews 13:8] As we await the day when -  

And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10

 

 

 

30. Jun, 2017

Grace and Salvation

We are saved by grace and not by works, [Ephesians 2:4-5] easy words to read but so much more to understand and act upon. I would go so far as to say every Christian has read these words and know works will not save. [2 Timothy 1:9] However words are easy but are they backed up by our actions? So many work hard for the Christian faith and so we should as stated in the book of James, [James 2:18] we are saved to do good works and look after widows and orphans, [James 1:27] the poor and anyone who needs help. Doing these things shows the true side of the Gospel of the Messiah. We are saved and within that salvation we are to take it to the world and we do this in works, works laid out by the Lord. But sometimes works can over shadow that our salvation is by grace and so enters the Social Gospel.

While in the mission fields I heard this term from many people and it took preference over the salvation message, which it should never do. We are saved, in the words of a Catholic catechism, to love God to know God and to serve God in that order. The words of Yeshua were that we are to go and make disciples of all nations. [Matthew 28:19] The only way we can do that is to teach salvation in everything we do. Many Christian ministries are heavily criticised in Israel for only doing good and never teaching salvation through Yeshua. We in our ministry had no such restraints, if we were asked we told them and on one occasion I was warned of getting into trouble but I went ahead and nothing happened. What could they do except kick me out of the country? At least the person heard the Gospel message.

If you speak to Jewish people you don't have to scratch the surface very far before you will hear about the pogroms of Europe or the persecution of Spain or the crusades. All which are but a small part of what has been done by the church down through the centuries to the Jewish people. The message of the gospel is many things, but love [1 Corinthians 13:13] and forgiveness [Matthew 18:21-22] are there at the top. Whatever we may think or have been taught about anybody surely forgiveness must take place or Yeshua died for nothing. If we cannot forgive any preconceptions about the Jewish people how are we ever going to be able to teach them God is love and forgiveness and salvation through the sacrifice of Yeshua?

Having lived in Israel I know some of the people there could have you arrested for just mentioning the name of Yeshua at the wrong time and in the wrong place. But that is nothing to what happened to our Lord and saviour on the cross. So why should we keep quiet about the truth of the Gospel and the Salvation and redemption when the salvation of souls is at stake? Again enter the so-called social Gospel and good works because this is easy and does not offend but extends love and good will. But somewhere along the way we must bring in the fact of who we really are and why. [John 1:12] Many people whether they believe or not do very good things for other people and society.

The difference is in the motive behind the works. When the Iron Curtain came down around Russia, and the way was clear for the church to once more operate in that land, a church was invited to work in the country by the Russian government. This was very good but there was a problem, Russia only wanted the social part of their work and stated so. I would go as far as to say Christianity has nothing to offer to the world if it forgets the great commission, because then it becomes no different than any other aid organisation. From disaster relief organisations, work unions and even most soccer clubs in England, were started by the church out of concern for the people and their salvation. The work was done to help the little people and with a strong Gospel message.

The only problem is we are still human and long to be accepted for who we are and for what we have achieved and where we have come from and where we are now. God is good and forgiving of our weaknesses when we want to impress and leave God behind and I'm as guilty as the next person on this. [1 John 1:9] We get so used to God being there with us we can begin to take Him for granted so things change and the Gospel is dropped.

The Old Testament alone states thirty six times to care for our neighbours and so we should but we should never forget why we are doing these works. We all want to look good and be remembered for what we have achieved but we must remember the words of Solomon, ‘vanity all is but vanity’. [Ecclesiastes 4:4-6] The Bible says a tree is cut down and destroyed and a short time later it shoots away again as the little roots it left burst once more into life. [Job 14:7] But it also states that we die and are gone and all the work we did comes to an end. [[]] We have but one chance to do it right and do it for God and not ourselves as our lives are but a fleeting moment in time. [Psalm 103:14-17]

We are told time and again good works would not save us, which is backed up by scripture. Then what will save us? It is only by acceptance of Yeshua as Lord and Saviour and nothing else. [Acts 4:12] There once was an old man, standing by his car thinking of his life and achievements. He thought of the big company he had created and worked so hard in making it very successful. He thought of all the staff he was in charge of and remembered this was to be his legacy for when he had gone. His wife had left him as he was never home and his children had long gone their separate ways for the same reason. As a Pastor was passing he noticed the old man and how unhappy he was. So he went over to him and asked what was wrong? The man told his story how he just wanted to prove to everybody how successful he could be but in doing so he had lost everything except the company he had established. The Pastor asked him why was he weeping? The man replied, it is a month since I retired I have been back to the company to see someone and they have changed everything I had put in place, my company has gone my life’s work gone in just four short weeks.

This is the story of so many but we need never fear no matter what we do in this life as things may change but the Lord will never change. [Hebrews 13:8] It is in the Lord where our total focus must lie, [Matthew 6:32-33] His promises are forever and we can go from this life to the next without a concern that the Lord we meet when that day comes is the same one we can meet while on earth. The One who took our sins and was nailed to a cross. [John 3:16-17] The same one who stood in all His glory on a high place in the Galilee. [Luke 9:28-29] He is the same one who healed and raised people from the dead [John 12:1] as He will raise us up one day to meet Him in the sky.  [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18] We must always remember there is only one thing in this life that will allow us to enter the next. That is to walk the narrow path [Matthew 7:14] by accepting Yeshua who is the only way to Heaven [Romans 10:9] and we are allowed on that road only by the grace of God and not by our works.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8

 

 

 

23. Jun, 2017

In 1059 a drawing was done showing Jerusalem as the centre of the world, a drawing that has had many copies in many forms over the years. The city of the Great King, the city where our Lord was crucified and rose to be with the Father from where He will one day return. It is the city that most Christian visitors never want to leave. It is the city that the evil one does not want to have the Jewish people in control as proven down through the ages and why? Because it is the city of the great King, [Psalm 48:2] King Yeshua. [Matthew 5:35]

The first recorded attempt to move the focus away from this city was in the time of Jeroboam, shortly after the death of Solomon. This was when Jeroboam moved the feast times and the location of the feasts to Dan, so the people would not focus on the Lord and on Jerusalem. [1 Kings 12:25-33] Sadly this is something that continues to this day throughout the world.

Then as the time of the Messiah’s coming was drawing nearer Antiochus Epiphanes took control of the city and tried to turn the people to Hellenism. This was another attempt to stop the people from celebrating the One True God in Jerusalem. This failed because the Lord is in control of History even though some people may think otherwise. Scripture tells us the Messiah would come from the line of David [Jeremiah 33:15] so if this line was destroyed then the Messiah could not come to fulfill scripture. In other words stop the Messiah coming to the people. Later on with what went on in the church, it was an attempt to stop the people coming to the Messiah. Then we had the revivals of the 19th and 20th centuries but they have now faded into history and the people are once more turning to the ways of the world. [James 1:8] This is just another means of stopping the people from coming to the Lord.

We all agree the Lord will one day return and the proof of this is what is happening around us. [Matthew 24:7] We might say, yes we see rumours of wars, floods and drought but are these, the true sign of what is in the next step of God’s plan? [Mark 13:28] If we look to the world we just might miss what God is doing in Israel. [Jeremiah 24:6] As I have mentioned there have been many attempts to remove the Jewish people from Jerusalem and Israel.  The 1900’s saw the people returned and were called Palestinians and then the Arabs came for the work created by the Jewish return.

Then the UN created a division in the land that kept the Jewish people from Jerusalem. But true to His Word the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has fulfilled His Word before our very eyes. [Ezekiel 37:9] First He would bring the people back to a deserted land. Then they would restore the land [Isaiah 49:8] and build up the ancient towns [Isaiah 61:4] and finally there would be a spiritual awakening. [Jeremiah 31:31] Today we have all of these despite the attacks, wars and the anti-Semitism that is going on in the world today.

I will bring your children from the four winds. [Zechariah 2:6] I will send fishers to gather you home. [Jeremiah 16:16] I will build up the land [Isaiah 51:3] and I will make a new covenant with you. [Jeremiah 31:33] Such promises after all that had been done to the Jewish people throughout history. Which of course is one more thing that shows in itself they must have a special place in God’s plan for all of mankind. [1 Kings 8:41-51]

The Lord has told us clearly to look after His people [Isaiah 40:1] and that we are to honour them for what they have done for us. [Romans 15:27] We are to become one new man with both Jew and Gentile walking hand in hand into the presence of the Lord. [Ephesians 2:15] These are the promises that are laid out in scripture, the very scripture we trust with the truth of our salvation as we read page after page. We cannot skip over the things we don’t like, as we need the bad parts [Matthew 7:21-23] to remind us of just how good the good parts are. [John 3:16-17] We need the warnings to understand the word repentance to bring us closer to the Father. So when the Word tells us God will bring His people back into the land we have to pay attention because what He says He will do. God’s promises are true in every way [Psalm 71:22] and if they are not then we have a problem. If God can change His mind on all the promises He has laid out to the Jewish people maybe He can change His mind about us.

With everything that is going on in the world it is easy to forget the past and as someone once said, repeat it and in this case it is to doubt God’s Word. [2 John 1:3] Jerusalem and our faith is under attack but He that keeps Israel is also the One who keeps you and me. [Psalm 121:4] The same One and only God who sacrificed Yeshua on the cross, our kinsman redeemer, is returning to take up His throne and He will come on a mighty white horse to fulfill His other role, Kinsman Avenger. [Revelation 19:11] Two thousand years ago Yeshua the Kinsman Redeemer came to give salvation to the world. With all that is going on it is a sure indication the Lord will return to carry out His second role. 

All this started with the tree of life [Genesis 2:9] and will end with the tree of life. [Revelation 22:14] Adam and Eve missed out and were expelled from the garden because of disobedience. We have to be very careful we don’t do the same by going against God’s commands as Adam and Eve did. [Revelation 22:18-19]

God restored the Jewish people because of His Holy Name [Ezekiel 36:24] and He has restored us to His Kingdom for the very same reason. He said He would do it and has through the Blood of the Lamb and one day in the future He will return to take up His throne and for His Bride, those who have confessed Yeshua as Lord. [Revelation 19:7] His Bride made up of both Jewish and Gentile Believers and in that we can praise His Holy Name. [Romans 10:12]

And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the

elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes,

which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He

came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the

 throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the

 twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a

harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the

saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the

book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for

God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and

nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God;

and they will reign upon the earth.” Revelation 5:6-10