Sunday, May 27, 2018

THE BOOK OF LIFE

Today’s Reading: Revelation 20 

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The sun sets over Jerusalem and the Golden Gate, also known as the Eastern Gate. Jesus will one day return to the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives through this gate, which was sealed in an attempt to prevent this from happening by the Turkish Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1541.

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Key Verse: Revelation 20:10

The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

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

When the beast and his prophet were thrown into the fiery lake, the rule of Antichrist ended. Now John’s ongoing vision is about to show how the “dragon,” Satan himself, meets a similar fate.

The star-angel (of 9:1), who holds the key to the Abyss, seizes the dragon and chains him for a thousand years in the Abyss. Then the martyrs, who had died refusing to receive the mark of the beast, are resurrected and they reign with Christ on the earth for that millennium. John refers to this resurrection as “the first resurrection” (verse 5).

After the thousand years has passed, Satan is released from the Abyss for a short time – but in that brief period he is able to incite the nations (symbolized by “Gog and Magog” of verse 8 ) to “surround the camp of God’s people” in Jerusalem (“the city He loves” verse 9). But it’s too late – Satan and the nations are defeated by supernatural fire (verse 9c). Then he is thrown into the fiery lake forever.

Satan’s destruction is followed by the “great white throne” judgment, when each person is “judged according to what he [has] done” (verse 13). All whose names are not “written in the Book of Life” are “thrown into the lake of fire” (verse 15). This is called “the second death” (verse 14).

The stage is now set for God to do what He has always planned to do – to create a new heaven and a new earth where God Himself will live with His people.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for many, many more names to be written in Your Book of Life. Fill me with a passion for doing my part as a soul winner. May I share today in the spirit of prophecy “The testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 19:10b). I pray for all true Evangelists and soul-winning Pastors that they will share more boldly than ever to the world the saving message of Jesus Christ. I pray for grace to support their work with my tithes to my local church, and with offerings over and above that in support of soul-winning ministries, such as Crossroads Christian Communications and other ministries which are helping to write new names in the “Book of Life!” I pray for wisdom to give to those who will not squander my offering on expensive lifestyles and ineffective projects, but will spend the funds entrusted to them for the maximum results in new names written down in Your “Book of Life!” In Jesus’ Name I fervently ask You, Almighty God! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS

The “lake of fire” is found three times in Revelation 20! This is an emphasis I cannot miss. I cry out to God for the salvation of precious never-dying souls. I believe that by God’s grace alone I am saved and my name is written in “The Book of Life.” I ask myself, “Is there more I can do to win people to Jesus?” I’m convinced that the most selfish thing I could ever do is to keep the Good News of Jesus to myself.

Today’s reading also mentions “Gog and Magog” and many nations whose armies will surround Jerusalem and will seek to destroy the people of God everywhere. If time permits, I suggest reading Ezekiel 38:1 to 39:16. The process for burying the remains of the armies of the allied nations sounds very much like the land may be contaminated by the leftover effects of the weapons used in the war, as it takes seven months to cleanse the land.

Here’s one final question. Besides “The Book of Life” that contains the names of those who are saved, there are other “Books” which were opened. What are these books? God willing, I’ll write tomorrow about what I think they are (Revelation 20:12a).

Yours for helping at least one more person to faith in Jesus alone for their eternal life!!!

David

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8 thoughts on “Sunday, May 27, 2018

  1. I ha e a question.
    Can a person that accepted JESUS , and have their name written in the Lamb,s book of Life, would his or her name ever be removed., for any reason?

    • If a person sincerely & honestly asked for forgiveness & accepted the Gift of Jesus into his/her heart, Ephesians 1: 13 – 14 states that they are marked & sealed with the Spirit. http://www.gotquestions.org is a great search site for Biblical searches.

    • Dear Karen Colburne

      my understanding is that only YOU can walk away from Jesus! He says in His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us…..
      I also understand that when I sin (which is often) I must admit my sin, tell God I am sorry and ask Him to forgive me….
      The other part of believing is that we are not to have any ill will against anyone! that means we need to always forgive…….
      that’s hard to do sometimes…..
      For me, I pray the Lord’s prayer very often, like always, and it it the PERFECT prayer because Jesus taught us how to pray this prayer….
      it covers every aspect of our relationship with God, and with others…
      I don’t know if this had helped but I do THANK YOU for asking the question……you have inspired many, many, many readers to think about God and Who He is and what He does and does person believe, it takes faith to believe…
      God bless you and keep asking those questions…….

  2. There should be an icon to share on facebook and or twitter but there is not. How do I share Jesus on facebook without the icon?

  3. Lord Jesus I pray together with David’s prayer…my desire is to share you with those in my pathway, in Jesus Name I pray this. I pray to be bold for You Jesus! Amen!!

    Great mood in today’s picture…thank you Reynold!!
    THERE IS NO OTHER GOD LIKE OUR GOD!! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!

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