Monday, May 26, 2014

KING OF KINGS

Suggested Reading: Revelation 19 

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The Yad Lashiryon Memorial at Latrun is the Armored Corps’ Memorial Site. The memorial is surrounded by tanks used and captured in Israeli wars. The centrepiece of the Armored Corps is the Wall of Names on which are inscribed the names of all 4,965 fallen soldiers of the Armored Corps from all of modern Israel’s wars. This location is also the site of the Biblical battles of Joshua against the Amorite kings; in the book of Joshua it says: "Sun, stand still upon Giv’on; and moon, in the valley of Ayalon" (Joshua 10:12). In today's reading we find that the warrior King, Prince of Peace, has a Name written which "No one knew except Himself!" Let us not forget that Jesus was born and lived as a Jew, and that all His disciples and thousands of the early church believers were all Jewish.

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Key Verse: Revelation 19:10c

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

Jim and Kathy Cantelon write today’s 100 Words segment (originally published in Crossroads’ Day Unto Day devotional series)…

Chapter 19 opens with two hymns. One is sung by “great multitude[s] in heaven” praising God for the destruction of “the great prostitute” (verses 1-5). The other is also sung by “a great multitude” to the “Lamb…and His bride” (verses 6-10). Then, after the angelic guide proclaims that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (verse 10c), the chapter describes the Christ of the Last Days.

John sees Him as a Rider on a “white horse” and His name is “Faithful and True.” His robe is “dipped in blood” and the name that emerges (as John looks at the robe) is “Word of God.” He makes war with “justice” as His motive, and He “strikes down the nations.” His warfare is marked with an intimidating and irresistible “fury” that has its source in “the wrath of God Almighty.” His name is even more than “Faithful and true” and “Word of God” – it is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (verses 11-16).

The chapter concludes with the beast and the false prophet being “thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (verse 20). The kings of the earth and all their armies who dared to war against the Lamb in the battle “are killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse” (verse 21).

Jesus the Lamb is Jesus the King. He is Lord of lords, and all power and authority belong to Him. No one, not even the beast, can resist His fury. But everyone whose name is written in the Book of Life will rest in His Love.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Almighty God, I pray for the grace of New Testament prophecy. May I faithfully tell others of “The testimony of Jesus!” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. The golden rule of understanding the Bible is to “Let the Bible interpret the Bible!” Today’s key verse is an example of that. The Apostle Peter preached on the birthday of the Church, the day of Pentecost, from a text found in Joel 2:28-29. When the 120 believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, they spilled out onto the streets of Jerusalem speaking about “the wonderful works of God” in the languages which the people, who had gathered from all over the world, could understand. This was “the spirit of prophecy!” Peter answered the question, “Whatever could this mean?” Your sons, daughters, young men, old men, male and female servants will have God’s Spirit poured out on them and “they shall prophesy!” The primary and continual sign of keeping filled with God’s Spirit is “Prophecy!” I’ll repeat this again for emphasis. The ongoing evidence of being filled with God’s Spirit is to consistently witness to others of the Person and work of Jesus. Let no one claim to be filled with God’s Spirit if they do not consistently testify of Jesus so that “Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!” (read Acts 2:1-24 as the first example of the true nature of New Testament prophecy). Jesus is “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!!!” Here was Peter who, just 50 days earlier, denied Jesus three times. He could not even witness to a waitress who suggested that she saw him in Jesus’ company. Now he is bold, fearless, and very public in giving “The testimony of Jesus!”

Yours for winning the whole world to the One called “Faithful and True,” Who will come “Clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called, ‘The Word of God!'” Revelation 19:13),

David

Today is the Memorial Day holiday in the USA. We remember those who died for the freedoms we enjoy. Here are some of the names of fallen Jewish Israeli soldiers at the Yad Lashiryon Memorial. These people died in fulfillment of the many prophecies of the Bible predicting the establishment of a state called Israel once again in preparation for the rule of the Messiah. The Bible says that Jesus, the Messiah, is coming again and that He "made peace through the blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:20b). The battle in which Jesus gave His life for our "Peace" was fought and won through the resurrection out from among the dead. Let us make His Name known to the whole world!

20 thoughts on “Monday, May 26, 2014

  1. I am trying to imagine what this passage today means about the Supper of the Lamb. It repeatedly uses the imagery of eating flesh. Animal and human flesh. Both by other animals and by us. I have never heard anyone tackle this but it strikes me, having read it many times before. Not trying to be literalist, trying to understand.

    • I believe they are talking about two different meals. The first one is the marriage feast to celebrate the wedding of Christ to his church. Then after this celebration Christ returns united with his bride to fight the forces of evil left on the earth and when they are defeated then the birds are called upon to feast on the flesh of those defeated.

  2. I have been away and am so happy to return to the blog! Revelation 19–so powerful!!! Revelation 19:10c: For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. KING OF KINGS and LORD of LORDS!! Riding on the white horse. We testify our lives for YOU and share the WORD with everyone. It is our honour to worship YOU and meet YOU at the Supper of the LAMB!! Amen, amen, and amen!!

  3. How today’s passages so greatly emphasize the purity and authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the power of The Word! Over the past two years, it has been a privilege to read about the character and deity of the Blessed Trinity on our lives in this structured format. I once heard of an analogy of one sent out to find water for a stranded group, parched and lost with thirst in the desert. When he found a spring of water, he returned to share the good life saving news. Some just thought he was delirious and remained behind, while others followed his route and found the quenching spring. Sadly, the remaining few passed away for lack of faith. I pray, we too can effectively share the good news in a considerate, timely and thoughtful manner remembering, “what is caught is better than what is taught.” His blessings and strength, to all!

  4. Lord willing, I hope to part of the next two year journey through the Bible.
    Thank you Pastor David, and all the rest of those who assist you, in bringing this daily to us.
    Looking forward to it, and blessings to you all.

  5. Act 2:24 “But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” Hallelujah!!!!
    That is the God that we serve!! He is worthy to be praised!
    May we all have a blessed day my blog family

  6. Amen. JESUS is the KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS!!! JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. He needs to be front and center. God bless you all!

  7. Matthew 16, NIV
    The Demand for a Sign

    16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

    2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.[a] 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

    He certainly has given us the signs from heaven through John in Revelation 19. Amen, saints, amen!

  8. “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” by Agnus Dei, You Tube is a song you might want to play this morning. Blessings!

  9. What an uplifting reading today of our KING OF KINGS! and LORD OF LORDS!! Revelation has been challenging and scary in some ways but we know that Our Lord is triumphant and we can rest assured we will partake of the Supper of the Lamb.

    Lord give us wisdom and the right words to share with others The Great Sacrifice You made for all mankind. Amen

    Blessings to all and excited about returning to another two years of commitment to read, study and meditate with all of our. Blog buddies.

    Thank you Pastor David, Ron and Anne and Reynold . We have all grown in our faith because of your steadfastness and faithful input and pictures.

  10. Thankyou David and all who particapate in this blog to make it such a blessing to
    so many, many of us I am so thankful to you all….R….

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