From Pastor Perry

02/22/2013 Revelation

Revelation 6:9–11 (ESV)

The Fifth Seal
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

I was talking to a good friend of mine about our sanctuary.  He mentioned that we have an altar and that is not present in most Baptist Churches.  I don’t know if I have seen a Lutheran church without an altar.  The altar is where we consecrate the bread and wine for communion, which we have every Sunday, in fact we have it every Wednesday night too.  This is not consistent with all Lutheran Churches, but the altar is very important to us.  We believe and confess that we are  receiving the real presence of the true body and blood of Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine.  We receive it for the forgiveness of sins.  Many denominations say that the bread and wine (grape juice in some) symbolizes the body and blood.  We take Jesus at his words when he says “this is my body" and "this is my blood”.  No where in Gospels or Paul’s writings does the Bible say symbolize or represents... it is always “this is my body” and “this is my blood”.  The altar plays a huge role in our worship.  In the Old Testament, you sacrificed animals for the forgiveness of sin.  Today, we go to the altar for the blood shed for the forgiveness of sins.  It is interesting that when the fifth seal is opened, there is the altar!  The reading says “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.” These are those who died as martyrs in the faith, believing, sharing and witnessing for Jesus Christ.  These martyrs offered themselves in sacrifice for Jesus.  These martyrs cry out to the Lord “how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” They are crying out for the End Times, the Last Day... to bring all the suffering and persecution to an end.   But they are told to wait a little longer.  Well, we are the ones they are crying out for, and we too... are to wait a little longer.  We are to endure unto the end!   The time is coming when God will say enough is enough and Jesus will come!  This will happen in God’s time frame, not ours, nor the saints in heaven. Patience, Patience, Patience...

I pray: Lord help me to endure unto the end.  I pray in the Lord’s prayer “Thy Will be done!” Not my will be done.  Help me to grow in Word and Faith and to remain faithful through trials, sufferings, and persecutions.  Help me to take my eyes off myself and focus on Jesus Christ and to give thanks for everything he has done for me.  Amen!

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24.01 | 10:13

we are not coming tonight and we coming tomorrow bible study well you do Phillip a favorite look for my ESV BIBLE FOR ME Please pretty Please my Dear My Bros

13.12 | 15:29

HI this is I Frederick Demond Wilson. I hereby am solemnly here to forebare witnessing of His witness, our Creator.

27.05 | 16:27

Pastor: on my e mails, a note said that you were trying to contact me. Now,
I am having trouble reaching you. Was it important? In Christ, daisy

10.02 | 08:33

Look at the Words say they "fell away". The had it, but lost it. Just like the Bible says your name can be blotted out of the Book of Life.

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