Revelation 22:20 Come Soon

“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20

John finishes the vision he has of heaven and the future with Jesus stating that He is coming soon. This will mean different things to different people.

The world will look at that statement and ask when will Jesus come. It has been nearly 2,000 years since this statement was made and He has not come back yet. According to the world, if He has not come back yet, He will not be returning.

Why would anyone wait over 2,000 years to return when he said it would be soon? God is patient. He loves every person in the world and wants every person to be saved. God does not want to punish anyone. For God, time does not mean much. He is outside of time. This makes it possible for Him to say soon, while waiting for more to be saved.

God is also merciful. He knows that when Jesus returns there is no more hope for salvation…either you are saved or you are lost forever. Jesus wants to give everyone a chance to come to Him.

Others in the world will also look at this statement and have fear. In their heart they may know the truth and reality of who Jesus is, but they do not want to accept it. The devil is trying to fight the idea that Jesus will return. It will mean destruction and loss of the battle forever.

As the Apostle Paul was torn with the thought of going to heaven to be with Jesus and stay on the earth to reach out to more people, every believer should feel this way. Every believer must be torn with wanting to be with Jesus and wanting to reach out to more people.

Look around you and see all the lost and hurting people who do not know Jesus. You are the one to be the witness to them. Yes, Jesus is coming soon. Keep that in the front of your mind. Now go out and let those in the world know about Jesus and the salvation He provides.

Do not allow, to the best of your ability, for another person to pass you by who has not heard about the salvation Jesus provides. Bring as many people with you into heaven as you can. Do not hog all of heaven and its blessings to yourself…share it. Salvation is for every person. Then, look forward to the return of Jesus.

I pray that today God will give you peace of mind that He is in control; that God will open your eyes to the lost around you; that God will give you the words to speak as a testimony to the lost; that as you look forward to the return of Jesus you will continue to work at building His kingdom; and that you will keep your eyes open for the return of Jesus.

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Revelation 21:27 The New Jerusalem

“Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:27

John just described the new Jerusalem that came down out of heaven. This city is huge, about 1,400 long, wide and high. The walls are about 200 feet thick and made of jasper. The city streets are made of pure gold. The foundation is of precious stones. The gates are made of single pearls.

The city is beyond anything a person today could really imagine. Nothing on this earth has even come close to what this city is like. God is at the center of this city and brings the light to this city. There is no more night. No longer is there any sin or darkness.

I am not a person who really likes big cities. I prefer the countryside. But when I read of this city, it is one I would love to visit, and even live in. It is a perfect city with nothing bad in it. Most people would want to go to a city like this.

As much as people would love to see a city like this, there is a requirement to be allowed into this city. Even today, here on this earth, there are cities that have a requirement in order to get into enter them. In order to enter Mecca, you must be a Muslim. This type of requirement is nothing new.

In order to enter this new Jerusalem, your name must be written in the Lamb’s book of life. Jesus is that Lamb. His book is the book that lists the names of everyone who has accepted the salvation He provides; those who have repented of their sins and have been forgiven.

No one or anything sinful can enter into this city. Only those who are righteous in Jesus can enter.

Are you trusting in the salvation of Jesus? Have you repented of and turned away from your sins? Are you truly following God with all that is in you?

Along with yourself making it into this new Jerusalem are you letting others know about it? Are you being the witness Jesus has called you to be? Are you telling others of the coming destruction? Do not go there alone, bring others along.

I pray that today God give you a vision of the new Jerusalem; that God will give you a vision of the lost still in this world; that you will serve God with all of your heart; that you will turn from all sin; and that you will work at building God’s kingdom.

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Revelation 21:8 Second Death

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

There is an old statement that has been around for a long time: Only two things are guaranteed in life: taxes and death. Very few people would disagree with that statement. Everyone knows that death is coming for them.

With knowing that death is on the way, most people want to live life to the fullest. They want to have a good time…eat, drink and be merry. What they don’t want to believe in is the fact of a second death.

Physically every person will die. Depending on how they live their lives will then depend on if they will die a second time. This second death is the spiritual death, a separation from God for eternity.

Many people will agree with parts of the list that John gave. Very few have a problem believing that a murderer or someone who is vile will end up in hell. Yet, many do not agree with the others listed.

The cowardly, are those who back down from being God’s witness on this earth. The unbelieving are those who really do not put their trust in the salvation of Jesus, they may be trying to earn their salvation. The sexually immoral, are those who deviate from God’s marriage plan for sex. Practicing magic arts is trying to do what God wants done without going through God and using only what the devil has set up. Idolaters are those who give their lives and energy for anything but God. Liars are those who don’t tell the truth, even the little white lies.

Many of these people in this list may be decent, “good” people in the eyes of the world. They may be hardworking, loving, caring and clean-cut people. The world says they do not deserve hell, but God says He will cast them out. They are not serving God, but themselves and the devil.

In the end these people will be cast into the burning lake of sulfur. It will be torture and punishment for eternity. This is the second death with no chance of end.

Make sure that you are following God with all of your heart. Trust fully in the salvation Jesus provides. Turn from all sin. Let others know of this second death. Be God’s witness. Do not allow yourself or others to be given the second death.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to be His servant; that God will help you to turn from all sinful ways; that you will be God’s witness turning others from sin; and that God will find you faithful to Jesus.

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Revelation 21:6-7 Reward For the Victorious

“He said to me: It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” Revelation 21:6-7

God had just finished destroying the earth. He created a new heaven and a new earth. Now God says that it is done.

Here God calls Himself the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End. Alpha and Omega are the beginning and ending letters of the Hebrew alphabet. God was at the beginning when the earth was created and will be there at the end when all things are new. Know that God has everything in control from beginning to end.

Then God says that anyone who is thirsty and comes to Him for a drink will receive it without cost. You are to drink the water of life. Remember that Jesus said He is life. You are to drink of Him and of the Holy Spirit. Your spirit should thirst after the things of God.

He then states that anyone who is victorious will inherit all of this. Only a person who is following Jesus and believing in Jesus with all of their heart, soul, and mind will be victorious.

God desires for you to be His child and for Him to be your God. This was declared before you were born. God had this in mind when He first created the earth and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Put your faith in the work and salvation of Jesus. Do not try to earn your salvation. Live up to what Jesus has saved you for. You are saved to do good works. Be a child of God today. Allow God to truly be God in and over your life.

Since God has been around since the beginning and He knows the end, He knows what is best for you. He knows how to guide you perfectly in every area of your life. Do not allow yourself to end up not being victorious at the end of time on this earth. Be victorious today in your walk with God.

I pray today that God will fill you with His life; that God will strengthen you to be victorious; that God will guide your every step; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will be God’s child; and that you will make God your God.

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Revelation 20:15 Lake of Fire

“Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15

The final time of judgment on all people has come. John saw a great white throne with the judge on it. Every person who had ever lived was raised from the dead and stood before this throne.

At that time all the books were opened and judgment started. The books would show what a person had done in their life here on this earth and they were judged accordingly.

The final and most important book was called “The Book of Life”. If a person’s name was found in this book, they were allowed into heaven. If their name was not found in this book, they were cast into the lake of fire.

Remember that Jesus called Himself “life” and that no person could get to God except through Him. This book could be seen as the book that Jesus recorded every name of every person who came to Him for salvation.

This time of judgment is very simple: either you have your name in the book of life (you have Jesus) or you do not. All the things that you have done in this life have no bearing on this judgment. Everything rests on whether you are serving and trusting in Jesus for your salvation or not.

Along with looking at your own life, there are others to look at. What about the lives of the people around you? The people you come into contact with everyday? The checker at the store; the greeter at the store; the person in line in front of you; the waitress at the restaurant; and everyone else?

Jesus said to look at the fields and that they are ripe for harvest. All around you there are millions of people who do not have their names written in the book of life. If Jesus was to return today, all those people would be cast into the lake of fire. They would be in torment and death for eternity.

Today, go and let others know about Jesus. Tell other people about what Jesus has done in your life and for you. Be the witness Jesus called you to be. Do not allow another person be found whose name is not written in the book of life. If you have a chance to witness to a person and do not, you are guilty of condemning them to the lake of fire. Do not be guilty of murder by omission.

I pray that today you will know if your name is written in the book of life; that you will follow and trust Jesus with your whole life and for your salvation; that you will boldly be God’s witness to those around you; and that daily God’s kingdom will be built up through you.

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Revelation 19:15-16 King of Kings

“Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:15-16

John sees a rider on a white horse with the name of Faithful and Truth coming out of the clouds in heaven. As he continues to describe the person, he finishes with the statement that he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus had called Himself the Truth. This is describing Jesus.

In this description, it states that He has a sword coming out of His mouth to strike down the nations. Paul tells you that the Word of God is a sword that you can use. Jesus used it when striking back at the devil when He was tempted in the desert.

God’s Word is living and does not return empty, without fulfilling its purpose. His Word was used to create the heavens and the earth. It will be by His Word that nations are destroyed.

Even today, if a wealthy person commits a crime, and the judge rules that he is guilty, all the money he has cannot change that ruling. Once the ruling is made, it is final. It is by the word of the judge that it is finalized.

The world thinks that it has everything going for it today…money, power, defense and more. None of those things will stand up to the judgment of being guilty before God.

Jesus will rule with an iron scepter. This iron scepter is God’s perfect rule and judgment. There will be no deviation from His Word and requirements allowed.

This shows why He has the name of King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus will rule over everyone, regardless of their position.

It will be better for you to give Jesus that position of being your king, then for Him to have to take that position in judgment. Serve God with all that is in you today, so that you will not have to face His wrath later as He takes rule over you. Give Him the position of Lord of your life.

I pray today that God will reveal His Word to you; that you will give Jesus the position of Lord of your life; that God will strengthen you as you follow Him; that His Word will be real to you; and that you will be a witness to others that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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Revelation 19:6-7 Hallelujah

“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:6-7

The final end is getting closer. The battle over sin and the devil is almost completely over. John hears in heaven an extremely large group of people shouting praises to God.

The purpose of their praise is that they know that God reigns. They tell everyone to rejoice and be glad in that piece of information.

Imagine how loud that must have sounded. Think back to when you have heard a thunder-storm outside that is just over your house. Remember how loud that thunder sounded when it cracked the sky and how it shook the house. That is how loud these people were. Or if you have ever been in the super bowl stadium and one football team wins the game, how loud it is with the cheering of the people.

Just as excited as a person is when their team wins the super bowl, believers in Jesus should be excited about God’s rule and reign on this earth. Are you showing that excitement in your life today? Are you letting the whole world know that God reigns today?

Along with this excitement is that the bride has made herself ready for the marriage. The bride is the church. You, as a believer in Jesus, are a part of that church. You must also make yourself ready.

For a wedding the bride works at being ready for that special moment. She will get her hair down special, have the perfect dress, put on the correct makeup, make sure everyone knows their parts, and make sure the music is correct and everyone is in place. She wants the wedding to be perfect.

As a believer, you must make sure everything is ready also in your life. Are you believing in Jesus with your whole heart? Are you doing all you can to fulfill His command to be a witness? Have you turned away from all sin? Be ready for His return and the big wedding.

I pray that today God will help you to be clothed and ready for Jesus; that you will be filled with the excitement of knowing God reigns; that God will reveal to you how much He really reigns in this life; that you will rejoice and be glad in God; and that you will shout hallelujah so that the whole world will know.

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