This morning as I looked to see what would be in my reading the reading that started my blog back in 2005 and also helped to form the name showed up. The book of Revelation!
It’s the book that spoke to me while God was working on me and in me to start blogging. nearly 11 years later of going thru the Bible annually and getting to read that book every year and remembering how God chose for me to not only start a blog, but also to make it public, and then to have the topic be my morning reading. Wow.
God’s Word never returns void! God’s Word speaks right into life as you are living it! God’s Word speaks direction and wisdom to guide your steps and setup your future! God’s Word is alive! God’s Word speaks truth, hope, life! God’s Word speaks instruction, direction, correction! God’s Word is available for everyone to take the next step and hear from God! God’s Word is a love letter to each of us! Ever took time to read or listen or watch Father’s Love Letter? Just in case you haven’t…
Imagine words of such love that are available to you always. In paper form…webpage form…app form so that you never have to be apart from God’s Words! To think that He is with you every step of every day! Now consider this truth, IT IS FINISHED!
The book of Revelation provides us with the truth that the victory has already won! Our part is to choose which side we will be on! We get to choose where we want to spend eternity! We get to choose how we want to spend eternity! God gave us freewill so that we wouldn’t be robots, but we get to choose how and if we will return the love that He gives to us! Today is a day to turn back to Him and ask Him into your heart! Today is a day to receive this love so that you can pass it on to others! So how will your today go?
Today’s reading start with Ecclesiastes…it speaks to the importance of a long term view…
Wisdom of the Long View
1Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it. 2Give portions to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what disaster may happen upon the earth. 3If the clouds are full, they empty out rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to south or north, the tree lies wherever it falls. 4Whoever keeps watching the wind will not sow and whoever gazes at the clouds will not reap. 5Just as you do not know how the spirit passes into the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you do not know the work of God who makes all things. 6In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not let your hand be idle, for you do not know if this or that will succeed, or if both will prosper together. 7Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. 8For if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all. But let him remember the days of darkness— for there will be many. Everything to come is obscure. 9Rejoice, young man, in your childhood, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment. 10So banish anxiety from your heart and cast off distress from your body, for youth and prime of life are fleeting.
–from Ecclesiastes 11
We will not be young forever so we need to keep our eyes on God and we need to stay connected to Him all the days of our lives! We need to draw close to Him! We need to receive His love! We need to be connected and choose Him!
Ode for the Aging
1So remember your Creator in the days of your youth: before the days of misery come, and years draw near when you will say: “I have no pleasure in them”— 2before the sun and light and moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds dissipate after the rain, 3in the day the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when grinders stop because they are few, and those peering out windows grow dim, 4when doors are shut in the street and the sound of the mill fades, when one arises at the chirp of a bird and all their songs grow faint, 5when they also are afraid of heights and of dangers on the road, when the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and the caper berry fails to excite— for a man is going to his eternal home, and mourners go about in the street— 6before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is crushed, or the jug at the cistern is shattered, or the wheel at the well is broken. 7Then the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8“Evanescent vapors,” says Kohelet. All is futility.
Conclusion: Fear God
9Furthermore, Kohelet was not only wise but he also taught the people knowledge. He pondered, sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10Kohelet searched to find delightful words and truthful, accurate sayings. 11The words of the wise are like goads, their collective sayings are like firmly affixed nails. They have been given by one Shepherd. 12Be warned my son of anything in addition to them: There is no end to the making of many books, and excessive study wearies the flesh. 13A final word, when all has been heard: Fear God and keep His mitzvot! For this applies to all mankind. 14God will bring every deed into judgment, including everything that is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
–from Ecclesiastes 12
We need to choose to spend eternity with Him rather than apart from Him!
We may sway or toss and turn or get off course, but God is faithful till the end! He is good to His Word!
Adonai Still Faithful to Israel
1Halleluyah! Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever. 2Who can speak of Adonai’s mighty acts or declare His praise? 3Blessed are those who maintain justice, who do what is right at all times. 4Remember me, Adonai, when You show favor to Your people. Visit me with Your salvation, 5so I may behold the prosperity of Your chosen ones, exult in the joy of Your nation, and give praise with Your inheritance. 6We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly. 7Our fathers in Egypt did not ponder Your wonders. Nor did they remember Your abundant lovingkindness, but rebelled by the sea— at the Sea of Reeds. 8Yet He saved them for His Name’s sake, to make His mighty power known. 9He rebuked the Sea of Reeds and it dried up, and He led them through the depths as through a wilderness. 10So He saved them from the hand of those who hated them, redeemed them from the enemy’s hand. 11The waters covered their adversaries— not one of them was left. 12Then they believed His words. They were singing His praise. 13How quickly they forgot His works, and would not wait for His counsel! 14In the wilderness they craved ravenously, in the desert they tested God. 15So He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them. 16Then they envied Moses in the camp, and also Aaron, the holy one of Adonai. 17The earth opened up, swallowed Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. 18Also a fire blazed in their company, a flame consumed the wicked. 19They made a calf in Horeb and worshipped a molten image. 20Thus they exchanged their glory for an image of a grass-eating ox. 21They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt— 22miracles in the land of Ham, awesome things by the Sea of Reeds. 23So He commanded their extermination, had not Moses, His chosen one, stood in the breach before Him, to turn His wrath from destroying them. 24Then they scorned the pleasing land— they did not trust in His word. 25Instead, they grumbled in their tents. They would not listen to Adonai’s voice. 26Therefore He swore to them that He would make them fall in the desert, 27and disperse their offspring among the nations, and scatter them through the lands. 28Then they yoked themselves to Baal of Peor, and ate the sacrifices of dead things. 29So they provoked Him with their deeds, and a plague broke out among them. 30But Phinehas stood up and intervened, so the plague was stopped. 31It was credited to him as righteousness, from generation to generation forever. 32By the waters of Meribah they angered Him, and trouble came on Moses because of them. 33For they embittered his spirit and he spoke rashly with his lips. 34They did not destroy the peoples, as Adonai had commanded them. 35Instead they mingled with the nations and learned their practices. 36They worshipped their idols, which became a snare to them. 37They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. 38They shed innocent blood—the blood of their sons and their daughters, sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. So the land was desecrated with blood. 39So they defiled themselves by their deeds, and prostituted themselves by their practices. 40Therefore the anger of Adonai was kindled against His people, and He abhorred His inheritance. 41He handed them to the nations— those who hated them ruled over them. 42Their enemies oppressed them, so they were subdued under their hand. 43Many times He delivered them, but they kept rebelling deliberately, and so sank low into their iniquity. 44Yet He saw their distress, when He heard their cry, 45remembered His covenant to them, and relented in the greatness of His mercy. 46He caused them to be pitied in the presence of all their captors. 47Save us, Adonai our God, and gather us from the nations, so we may praise Your holy Name and triumph in Your praise. 48Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!” Halleluyah!
–from Psalms 106
And now I start at the end! Ever done that in a book before so you know what the ending will be like before going and reading through a big book?
Yeshua’s Revelation to John
1The revelation of Yeshua the Messiah, which God gave Him to show to His servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, 2who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah—to everything he saw. 3How fortunate is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and those who hear and keep what has been written in it—for the time is near. 4John, To Messiah’s seven communities in Asia: Grace to you and shalom from Him who is and who was and who is to come, as well as from the seven spirits who are before His throne, 5and from Messiah Yeshua, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood 6and made us a kingdom, kohanim to His God and Father—to Him be glory and power forever! Amen! 7“Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of Him. Yes, amen!” 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says Adonai Elohim, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty!” 9I, John, your brother and fellow partaker with you in the tribulation and kingdom and patient endurance that are in Yeshua, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Yeshua. 10I was in the Ruach on the Day of the Lord, and I heard behind me a loud voice like that of a trumpet, 11saying, “Write what you see in a scroll, and send it to Messiah’s seven communities—to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
Vision of the Glorious Son of Man
12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned, I saw seven golden menorot. 13In the midst of the menorot, I saw One like a Son of Man, clothed in a robe down to His feet, with a golden belt wrapped around His chest. 14His head and His hair were white like wool, white like snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire. 15His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of rushing waters. 16In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came forth a sharp, two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at full strength. 17When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last, 18and the One who lives. I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever! Moreover, I hold the keys of death and Sheol. 19Therefore write down what you have seen, what is, and what will happen after these things. 20As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden menorot—the seven stars are the angels of Messiah’s seven communities, and the seven menorahs are the seven communities.”
–from Revelation 1