From Pastor Perry

Revelation 22:16–21 (ESV)

Jesus is Coming (Part 3)

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

 

Because John’s message is about the ultimate triumph of good over evil, it is always relevant and all the more as the world slides further into chaos and corruption. On one level, Rv powerfully confirms what we already fear, i.e., our world and everyone in it is doomed. More profoundly, however, this Book is about transcendent hope. It shows how infinitely greater God is than evil. By offering a vision of the new creation soon to be revealed, Revelation draws us on toward our blessed hope in Christ. To Him be power and glory throughout the ages!

 

I pray:  Blessed Redeemer, help us to keep these holy words and thereby conquer sin, death, and the devil. May we, along with Your whole Church on earth and heaven, continue praying with full confidence and a joyful expectation, “Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!” Amen.

Revelation 22:10–15 (ESV)

Jesus is Coming (Part 2)

10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

 

Today’s reading speaks to those who do evil.  The problem is that many will not see themselves as evil, because they are living in accordance to the way the world is living.  They won’t see premarital sex, living together, same sex marriages, homosexuality, or lesbian lifestyles as wrong.  But notice what is stated in verse 15: “Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”  They will not be allowed in.

 

I pray:  O Lord, help me to trust your saving faith and to walk according to your ways.  I know I fall short and repent of my sins.  Thank you for your grace and mercy.  Amen.

Revelation 22:6–9 (ESV)

Jesus Is Coming

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

 

 

We are told that “these words are trustworthy and true.”  Then Jesus tells us “And behold, I am coming soon.  Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”  Jesus keeps his promises.  We want to be promise keepers, but we are really promise breakers.  Jesus keeps his promises.  Every one of them.

 

I pray: O Lord, help me to trust the saving faith you have given me and to trust your Word.  Amen.

Revelation 22:1–6 (ESV)

The River of Life

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Jesus Is Coming

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

 

 

John describes our life in heaven as having no hunger, darkness, loneliness, or pain but rather eternal joy in the presence of the one true God. How, then, can so many people fail to see the blessedness Jesus has laid out for us along the straight and narrow way that shortly leads to unceasing bliss? In many cases, the answer is simply that people do not appreciate the greatness of God’s grace and the magnificence of the glory that awaits the faithful. Inspired by God’s Word and preserved by His Spirit, however, we may already rejoice with those who have gone before us.

 

 

I pray: “Apostles, martyrs, prophets, there Around my Savior stand; And soon my friends in Christ below Will join the glorious band. O Christ, do Thou my soul prepare For that bright home of love That I may see Thee and adore With all Thy saints above.” Amen. (LSB 673:5–6)

Revelation 21:22–27 (ESV)

The New Jerusalem (Part 3)

22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

What will the Temple or the Cathedral look like?  Well… it will look like God, because the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb… are the Temple.  I love churches and church architecture, but there will be no buildings for a Temple.  I think a lot of Christians have the definition of what is a church wrong.  Most will tell me about their building and what it looks like.  That’s fine… I love buildings… but that is not a church.  The church is the people… that is, the body of believers of Jesus Christ.  If a church building burns down, the church was not destroyed.  It is still intact.  The people are the church and God is the head of the church.   Also, did you catch that there will be no need for a sun or the moon, for the light is coming from God.  You don’t have to worry about the electric bill or God getting unplugged!

 

I pray: O Lord, I can't wait to see you face to face and to worship you in your presence.  I know you are with me now, but heaven will be indescribable.  Protect me and guide me to your kingdom.  Help me to share the Gospel with the people around me so they can be there too!  Amen.

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27.05 | 14:27

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10.02 | 07:33

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