But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:4.
I saw that Jesus would not leave the most holy place until every case was decided either for salvation or destruction, and that the wrath of God could not come until Jesus had finished His work in the most holy place, laid off His priestly attire, and clothed Himself with the garments of vengeance. Then Jesus will step out from between the Father and man, and God will keep silence no longer, but pour out His wrath on those who have rejected His truth. I saw that the anger of the nations, the wrath of God, and the time to judge the dead were separate and distinct, one following the other, also that Michael had not stood up, and that the time of trouble, such as never was, had not yet commenced. The nations are now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished His work in the sanctuary, He will stand up, put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out.
I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus’ work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgments of God upon them, and that if they could rid the earth of us, the plagues would then be stayed. A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob’s trouble. Then all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit, and were delivered by the voice of God.
Before His crucifixion the Saviour explained to His disciples that He was to be put to death and to rise again from the tomb. . . . But the disciples were looking for temporal deliverance from the Roman yoke, and they could not tolerate the thought that He in whom all their hopes centered should suffer an ignominious death. . . . So in the prophecies the future is opened before us as plainly as it was opened to the disciples by the words of Christ. The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding of these important truths than if they had never been revealed.
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——Please pray for Mike and Eileen as they travel back home. Rose
—–Praise—P N was taken to the hospital with extreme weakness and a heart rate of 200. After an anointing service he was healed. Ruthie
—–Need your prayers. The _____ river in Oklahoma is going to catastrophically flood. It is just two miles from my sister Gratiela’s home. Richie
When man sinned, the Great Creator,the One equal with the Father, the Ruler of the Universe, left all Heaven for us. He volunteered to take our punishment because of His great love for us. Paul reminds us of this sacrifice, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” Phil 2:5-10
Think of it! The One Whom all Heaven adored left all the glories of Heaven, humbling Himself, living a life of constant self-denial, a life of service, suffering all the hatred that evil men spurred on by the devil could heap upon Him. Yet, His enemies could do nothing but that which He, Himself, allowed.From the time of His birth, the Romans tried to destroy Him. The heathen raged against Him. (Ps 2:1) The priests and rulers plotted to kill Him, although they worked in vain until the right time had come. “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself…And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease (for He is the Lamb of God, fulfilling all that the sacrificial service foreshadowed).” Daniel 9:26,27; John 1:29
Our Omniscient God sees the end from the beginning. He could look down the ages and see millions who would love and serve Him at all cost. This made it all worthwhile. Isaiah prophesied, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied” Isa 53:11 No matter what the evil one, fallen angels, or man might try to do, He looked forward to the time when sin and sinners would be no more, and His true followers would “follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” Rev 14:4
Our Dear Saviour’s ascension to His Father right after His resurrection was a miniature of what the future holds for us. What rapturous joy the angels felt! As they accompanied their conquering King to the City above, they sang, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:7-10
What a joyous reunion of Father and Son. As Jesus was brought before the Father, the Almighty wrapped His Loving Arms around His son in a welcoming embrace. He said those touching words, “Though art My beloved Son.”Several times God had spoken those words, but this was the ultimate fulfillment of the 7th verse of the second psalm. Paul applies it thus, “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” Acts 13:33 He also reminds us in Hebrews,”God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” vs 1-13
How can we turn away from His great sacrifial love? How can we be filled with selfish pride and live only for ourself? How can we love the things of this world which will soon pass away, when we have the hope of eternal life in the Home our Dear Saviour is preparing for us? May we serve Him with rejoicing, coupled with fear lest we fall into complacency and cause sorrow to His Great Heart of Love. May we put Him first in everything, trusting in Him with our entire being that someday soon, we will see Him face to face and be wrapped in His Loving embrace.