GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

GOD’s ULTIMATE JUSTICE will PREVAIL in ETERNAL FUTURE

 
GOD’s ULTIMATE JUSTICE will PREVAIL in ETERNAL FUTURE

December 28 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 10-12

And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.” (Rev. 11:16-18)

Here in the vision of Apostle John, God triumphs over evil as He holds the ultimate power (v. 17). The second cycle of God’s judgments (8:2–11:19) closes with a focus on the last judgment (v. 18) and the triumph of God’s kingly rule (vv. 15, 17) as He shall reign forever and ever (v. 15). The blowing of the seventh trumpet reveals that the Great Tribulation is over and the ultimate reign of Christ has begun. Falling on their faces before God, the twenty-four elders express thanks to Him because He has assumed His great power and inaugurated His reign.

The famous Bible preacher Charles H. Spurgeon has once remarked the following: “No doctrine in the whole Word of God has more excited the hatred of mankind than the truth of the absolute sovereignty of God. The fact that ‘the Lord reigneth’ is indisputable, and it is this fact that arouses the utmost opposition in the unrenewed human heart.” Let us understand that God will ultimately reign over all the earth and His ultimate justice will prevail in the eternal future!

In the above passage, God is worshiped by the twenty-four elders because what He promised has now been accomplished. They praise God’s power and wrath and the corresponding distribution of reward and judgment. God has finally consummated events on earth and now reigns in omnipotence. Significantly, God has already fulfilled five important parts of His ultimate justice in His millennial kingdom:
  1. Subjugation of the Gentile nations: The Gentile nations had exhibited defiance and arrogance against God many times in the past, but now God has subjugated the Gentile nations with Armageddon as an epitome (16:13–16; 19:19; Ps. 2:1, 2).
  2. Vengeance inflicted on God’s enemies: God will no longer manifest His patience against unrighteousness and the wicked people who oppose His purposes. The hour of God’s vengeance against His enemies has finally arrived (Ps. 2:5; 2 Thess. 1:7, 8).
  3. Judgment of the dead: The dead of all ages will be judged at the Great White Throne in the distant future (20:11–15).
  4. Rewarding of the godly: This will occur for the church at the Rapture; for other saints it will take place at the resurrection of the righteous in the first resurrection where Old Testament and Tribulation saints who have died will be raised and rewarded (Is. 26:19, 20; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25; Rev. 20).
  5. Destruction of the destroyers of the earth: Those who have tried to destroy the earth and those who carry out their diabolical purposes in the Tribulation Period will themselves be destroyed by God eventually (19:20, 21).
Thus, God’s ultimate justice will prevail in eternal future! God will be angry with unbelieving nations (see Matt. 25:46), judge those who do not have spiritual life, and destroy the destroyers. One the other hand, God will reward His own, prophets and people, small and great one day. Let us be mindful of this fact as we live every moment every day as we will surely be facing God’s judgment one day in the future.

“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:9-10)

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