2019 closes out. 2020 looms large.
In all of it, with politics and anger, frustration, joy, loss, and victories… it is refreshing to me to end the year in Bible reading with Revelation. The end of the matter is summed up well here:
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After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. (Rev. 4:1-6)
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After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
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“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9-10)
Finishing the calendar year in Advent also brings my reading into Revelation. (NOTE: While it is the end of the “calendar year”, it is the beginning of the Church Year.) Over my lifetime I have gone through a lot of changed thinking when it comes to the Book of Revelation. It has become to me a book of HOPE. But that hope is tempered. It’s a great book for Advent, quite honestly.
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Advent is a reminder of allegiance. Only one kingdom matters. Other kingdoms, even the kingdom we like and think is pretty darn great, will fall. Continue reading “Advent Reading — Only one kingdom matters”
The challenge of American Christianity is abundance. We have to fake issues to “feel” oppressed and somehow that motivates us to follow Christ. Our challenge is our abundance. The first sign of something that doesn’t agree with our personal theology, and we give up on God. Continue reading “Advent Reading: In suffering they worshiped”
No matter the condition on earth, the action in heaven is worship. Continue reading “Prevailing Prayer and Adoration”