Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3
A message that will arouse the churches is to be proclaimed. Every effort is to be made to give the light, not only to our people, but to the world. I have been instructed that the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be printed in small books, with the necessary explanations, and should be sent all over the world. Our own people need to have the light placed before them in clearer lines.
Those who eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God will bring from the books of Daniel and Revelation truth that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. They will start into action forces that cannot be repressed. The lips of children will be opened to proclaim the mysteries that have been hidden from the minds of men. . . .
Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in quick succession. Every element of power is about to be set to work. Past history will be repeated; old controversies will arouse to new life, and peril will beset God’s people on every side. Intensity is taking hold of the human family. It is permeating everything upon the earth. . . .
Study Revelation in connection with Daniel, for history will be repeated. . . . We, with all our religious advantages, ought to know far more today than we do know.
Angels desire to look into the truths that are revealed to the people who with contrite hearts are searching the word of God and praying for greater lengths and breadths and depths and heights of the knowledge which He alone can give.
As we near the close of this world’s history, the prophecies relating to the last days especially demand our study. The last book of the New Testament Scriptures is full of truth that we need to understand. Satan has blinded the minds of many so that they have been glad of any excuse for not making the Revelation their study. But Christ through His servant John has here declared what shall be in the last days; and He says, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.”
Maranatha p. 30
—–Please pray for River who has cancer of the kidney. Lisa
—–Please continue to pray for Mary who is adjusting to life without her husband. Rose
Like all children, I would sometimes tire of playing by myself. When I would feel restless, my grandmother would sometimes get out her large photo album for me to enjoy. I’d sit it upon my lap and carefully look at each picture and try to reconstruct the story behind it. There were some very old tintypes, some photos of people I had never met, others that were of people who were very dear to me. I loved the times my grandmother would look at the album with me, because then she would tell me a little about the relatives who were pictured there. One of the photos that fascinated me was of a very old couple named Aunt Ida and Uncle Ben who lived in the western part of the United States. I had never met them, as they were too old to travel the long way to Michigan. Aunt Ida was my grandmother’s great-aunt and she had been named after her.
One day, when I was in my teens, I received a tiny box with an unfamiliar postmark in the mail. When I opened the box, I found a plastic gardenia brooch that glowed in the dark. Removing it from the box, and unfolding the note underneath, I learned that Aunt Ida had loved that pin and wore it often. She recently had died and in her will, she had left me this pin that had been so precious to her. There was also a recent photograph for me to remember her.
I was shocked! I had no idea that Aunt Ida or Uncle Ben even knew that I existed. Although I never wore that gaudy pin, I kept it for many years. (Sadly, it was burned up along with everything else in the house fire we had when Ronnie Jay was a baby.) It was precious to me because this lady, whom I had never met, had thought enough of me to want me to have something that she had valued so much. Occasionally, I would take it out of that tiny box, unwrap it, and feel special. Unfortunately,
We have Someone Who has given us something far more precious than that glow-in-the-dark brooch. Our Great Redeemer has given us His Holy Word which tells of HIs Great Love and Sacrifice. Yet, how often we take this Precious Gift for granted and rarely open His Great Message to us. We keep it as a possession like any other book without allowing its Author to take possession of us. Our Dear Saviour pleads, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39
Indeed, from Genesis to Revelation, God’s Holy Word reveals the Great Plan of Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, on the road to Emmaus, He began “at Moses and all the prophets, [and] expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 Since Jesus is Great Theme of the Bible, shouldn’t we study that Word which reveals to us “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”? John 14:6
The stories of the Patriarchs to the prophecies of Revelation are better than a family album, for they “are able to make [us] wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 3:15 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” 1 Cor 10:11 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Rom 15:4 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16, 17
May we “study to show [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 May we hide His Word in our heart that we might not sin against God. 119:11 May we see Jesus in every page of Scripture and be filled to overflowing with love for the One Who loves us so.