Monday, May 21, 2018

READ, LOOK, LISTEN

Today’s Reading: Revelation 14 

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

One of the many sculptures in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome depicts a woman reading the Bible. John XXIII began changes which would have encouraged reformers such as Martin Luther. He issued a revolutionary statement. He told his people to “READ THE BIBLE!”

 

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Revelation 14:3a

They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders…

 

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

John now shifts from a description of the beast and his worshippers (chapter 13) to a description of the Lamb and His followers. Consistent with Old Testament expectation, the venue is Mount Zion. Micah, for instance, foresaw the day when God would gather the faithful remnant to Mount Zion and reign over them forever (Micah 4:6-8). Joel and Isaiah also saw something similar (Joel 2:32; Isaiah 11:9-12; 40:1-46).

Who are these “144,000”? In chapter 7, we saw this number first mentioned, and I underlined the importance of the symbolic numbering. The group in this chapter (chapter 14) is probably the same people. In both chapters, the 144,000 are sealed on their foreheads…in chapter 7, the substance of the seal is not mentioned, but in chapter 14, John tells us that the seal comprises the names of the Father and the Lamb. This seal, of course, is in direct contrast to the name (or number of the name) of the beast which was placed on the right hand or forehead of his worshippers in chapter 13.

The message to the worshippers of the beast is one of dire warning – they “will drink of the wine of God’s fury” and “will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb” (verse 10). Usually we think of torment as the exclusive domain of Hell, but here we see the high view God has of our wilful choices and the total anger He has at those who choose to reject His Son. That’s why verse 13 has special meaning and warning: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I’m very aware that one day I will stand before Your Judgment Seat where believers in Jesus will be judged. The words of the hymn writer come to mind, “Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.” I pray for Your grace so that my faith in Jesus’ salvation will never waver. In Jesus’ Name! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Besides telling his people to read the Bible, which was something discouraged by the Roman Catholic church for centuries, Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) symbolically opened a window in the vatican which faced St. Peter’s Square, and in front of thousands of people welcomed the Holy Spirit to come in. Shortly after this I was preaching in Quebec City at the invitation of Rev. Vern O’Brien, when we received an invitation to visit a Roman Catholic convent to preach to the nuns. The Mother Superior had written to me as a result of seeing the Crossroads telecasts on local TV. She wrote that she had prayed with me and for the first time in her life she had the assurance of eternal life. Vern and I witnessed an amazing sight… 20 or more Roman Catholic sisters opening their hearts and minds to the assurance of salvation according to the promises of the Bible as shared with them by Protestants. It was quite shocking for us to see the Holy Spirit come upon these nuns as the Apostle Peter had seen at the home of the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, as recorded in Acts 10:34-48. This work of the Holy Spirit, I discovered, was happening all over the world. When we begin to read seriously and consistently God’s Word, we begin to think God’s thoughts, and as someone has said, “When a person begins to think, God has the advantage.”

Yours for reading (or listening) to God’s Word and for enthusiastically convincing others to do the same,

David

The Basilica centers around the Papal Altar where only the Pope celebrates Mass. It was consecrated by Clement VIII, June 5, 1594, on top of several other older altars. Rising above the altar is the baldacchino (95ft. canopy), Bernini’s masterpiece and first work in St. Peter’s. The ancient tomb where the Apostle Peter is said to be buried lies directly below the altar.

Artistic representation of Biblical stories and portrayals of important leaders seem to cover every square inch of St. Peter’s Basilica. John’s challenge was to try to put the visuals he saw in his visions into words. The artists such as Michelangelo had the opposite challenge. They sought to put words into visuals.

11 thoughts on “Monday, May 21, 2018

    • I finally learned a lesson where God spoke and said that I should be thankful that life is working as good as it is; He is in control……I am so thankful for this blog and the fact that you can go back and reread some blogs…..it is so humbling……
      the video is on its way…enjoy…….God bless you…..

  1. Happy Victoria Day! Thank You, Lord God, for being with us through that long winter & for being with us now and on into eternity. Amen to David’s prayer that we will be faithful and that our faith in You and your salvation will never waver. Please help us, dear Lord God, to keep on sharing your gospel clearly and faithfully everyday, and please bless and strengthen all your children throughout this world.
    We pray also for those who are fasting and observing ramadan, that You will open their eyes and reveal yourself to them as well, dear Lord. Please show people everywhere that You are Lord of all creation. Thank You, dear Lord God! In Jesus’s all-powerful name, amen

  2. Thank you Jim and Kathy for your exposition of the scripture.
    Thank you Reynold for the great photos.
    Yes, amen to David’s prayer that we will that we will stand firm and our faith in you will never waiver!

    Have a blessed Victoria Day all you saints!

  3. tot Donna……..
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR REMINDING ME TO CLICK THE ‘HERE’ TAB!

    It is so funny how we forget sometimes… God bless you Donna…..

    I pray for healing for all who are in need; I pray for salvation for all who need to get to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour!

    Lord is who God is; Saviour is what He does!
    THANKS AGAIN DONNA………

  4. Eugene has only one lung; Lord let Your Light shine on him; We pray the Holy Spirit will call, gather and enlighten Eugene into the One True Spirit, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit…..
    we pray also for Darren; he needs a kidney transplant; wee pray the God’s Will be done in his life also…..
    please pray for Janet; had test done, have determined she has cancer also; will begin a plan for complete healing.

    Lord forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us; lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever and ever amen.

  5. Amen Rob and trust you had a blessed Victoria Day saints. I did as the Lord opened up a new ministry for me. My mother’s name is Alice Victoria, after Queen Victoria I’m sure as her mother lived in England during her reign and the Queen had a daughter named Alice.

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