August 9, 2008

~Let the Games Begin~

Well, actually, they began yesterday and the opening ceremonies in China were spectacular. And yet, all the performances, fireworks, all the introductions and flags from the countries of the world pale in comparison to this:

Rev. 19:1-21 (NLT)
"After this, I heard the sound of a vast crowd in heaven shouting, "Hallelujah! Salvation is from our God. Glory and power belong to him alone. His judgments are just and true. He has punished the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and he has avenged the murder of his servants." Again and again their voices rang, "Hallelujah! The smoke from that city ascends forever and forever!"

Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, "Amen! Hallelujah!"
And from the throne came a voice that said, "Praise our God, all his servants, from the least to the greatest, all who fear him."

Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a huge crowd, or the roar of mighty ocean waves, or the crash of loud thunder: "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She is permitted to wear the finest white linen." (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God.)

And the angel said, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb." And he added, "These are true words that come from God."

Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, "No, don't worship me. For I am a servant of God, just like you and other brothers and sisters who testify of their faith in Jesus. Worship God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus."

Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there.
And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him, and only he knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and he trod the wine press of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On his robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords.
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: "Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. Come and eat the flesh of kings, captains, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great."

Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And all the vultures of the sky gorged themselves on the dead bodies."

Now, that will be the event of eternity I don't want to miss!
Jesus, give me ears to hear and draw my heart near that I may do the deeds that warrant the privilege of wearing fine white linen.


Caroline said...

Nice to hear from you! Yes we have a new addition to the family. We have a 7 week old kitten.

The Cafe in the Park is a church initiative and is open during the summer. Volunteers provide home made cakes and work in the cafe on a rota. We do this to demonstrate God's love to the people of Bedford.

Enjoy your Sunday.

God bless


10 August 2008 08:25

Freedominthedance said...

Ok, answered that question, but what is a rota?
You are giving me such an education...don't remember my sister ever using those words, so I have no idea what you :o)
Congrats on the kitty...we have strays here that are always stalking my birds...I get my squirt bottle out and zap them if I can...I love my birds!


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