VIDEO Famous March of The Armies of Heaven

And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Revelation 19:14

All the battle marches in biblical and secular history will pale in comparison to the final one—the procession of heavenly armies following Jesus Christ when He returns again. Revelation 19 gives us a vivid description of our Lord’s Second Coming: “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war” (verse 11). The passage describes the conquering Christ, telling us His eyes are flames of fire, His head is covered with crowns, His robe is dipped in blood, and His Name is the Word of God.

This event will happen just as the Antichrist thinks he has forever conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Jews. But in the nick of time Jesus will return, slay His enemies with a word from His mouth, deliver the Jews, and usher in His earthly kingdom.

The Bible says we should pray for the hastening of this day: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20) What a day that will be! What a moment of victory! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat…. Our God is marching on. Julia Ward Howe


Revelation 19:11-16 The Rider on the White Horse

The Would-Be Woodcutter

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

One year when I was in college, I cut, stacked, sold, and delivered firewood. It was a hard job, so I have empathy for the hapless logger in the 2 Kings 6 story.

Elisha’s school for prophets had prospered, and their meeting place had become too small. Someone suggested they go into the woods, cut logs, and enlarge their facilities. Elisha agreed and accompanied the workers. Things were going remarkably well until someone’s axhead fell into the water (v. 5).

Some have suggested that Elisha simply probed in the water with his stick until he located the axhead and dragged it into sight. That would hardly be worth mentioning, however. No, it was a miracle: The axhead was set in motion by God’s hand and began to float so the man could retrieve it (vv. 6–7).

The simple miracle enshrines a profound truth: God cares about the small stuff of life—lost axheads, lost keys, lost glasses, lost phones—the little things that cause us to fret. He doesn’t always restore what’s lost, but He understands and comforts us in our distress.

Next to the assurance of our salvation, the assurance of God’s care is essential. Without it we would feel alone in the world, exposed to innumerable worries. It’s good to know He cares and is moved by our losses—small as they may be. Our concerns are His concerns.

By:  David H. Roper

Reflect & Pray

What “little” things are troubling you that you can cast on God right now? How does it encourage you to know that you can be assured of His daily care for you?

Loving God, here are my concerns. Please take them, provide as You see best, and give me Your peace.

How to Handle Temptation

Ephesians 6:10-17

When Satan tempted Him in the wilderness, the Lord didn’t utter anything without first saying, “It is written.” (See Matt. 4:1-25.) Jesus knew Satan could not stand under the power of God’s Word.

Ephesians 6 describes the believer’s spiritual armor—God’s provision for His children when they face pressure from the enemy. Most of the armor is defensive equipment; the sole offensive weapon is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Bible, and it’s our best shot in spiritual battles. However, you can’t remember to do something you don’t know, so it’s important to spend time with the heavenly Father every day, studying Scripture and committing its truths to heart.

Start “putting on” the armor of God every day. Try praying through Ephesians 6:10-17 in the morning. And if you struggle with a particular sin, steer clear of situations that make such a temptation more likely. You may even find it helpful to have an accountability partner—someone who can be honest and with whom you will be comfortable. Steps like these help us resist Satan, who we know from Scripture will flee in the presence of God’s Word.

Mindful of Words

“That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.” (2 Peter 3:2)

There has long been a tendency for certain Bible teachers to water down the doctrine of verbal inspiration by arguing that it is the “thoughts” of Scripture that count—not the precise words. They forget that the transmission of specific thoughts requires precise words. Ambiguous language is bound to produce fuzzy thinking and uncertain response.

Thus the apostle Peter, in his last chapter, urged his followers to heed the words written by the Old Testament prophets. And Paul—in his final epistle—stressed that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). That is, all the writings are “God-breathed.” The “Scripture,” of course, means the writings, the actual words written down—they are “God-inspired,” not just the concepts.

Similarly John, in his last chapter, warned of the grave danger incurred by anyone who would either “add to” or “take away from,” not just the ideas, but “the words of the book of this prophecy” (Revelation 22:18-19). Actually, “he which testifieth these things” was not just John but the glorified Jesus Himself (see Revelation 22:16, 20).

In fact, Jesus frequently quoted passages from the Old Testament, sometimes basing His entire thrust on a single word (e.g., John 10:34, 37; arguing on the basis of the word “gods” in Psalm 82:6). In that connection, He stressed that “the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), referring to the actual words written by Moses and the prophets.

Near the end of His earthly ministry, He made a startling promise: “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31). Thus the actual words of the Bible have come ultimately from God, and we do well to learn them and make them a part of our lives. HMM

Just Like A Huckster

He must increase, but I must decrease.

—John 3:30

 

Some young preacher will study until he has to get thick glasses to take care of his failing eyesight because he has an idea he wants to become a famous preacher. He wants to use Jesus Christ to make him a famous preacher. He’s just a huckster buying and selling and getting gain. They will ordain him and he will be known as Reverend and if he writes a book, they will make him a doctor. And he will be known as Doctor; but he’s still a huckster buying and selling and getting gain. And when the Lord comes back, He will drive him out of the temple along with the other cattle.

We can use the Lord for anything—or try to use Him. But what I’m preaching and what Paul taught and what was brought down through the years and what gave breath to the modern missionary movement that you and I know about and belong to was just the opposite: “O, God, we don’t want anything You have, we want You.” That’s the cry of a soul on its way up.   SAT029

Lord, give us that hunger to know You; deliver us from the pride that makes us want to use You. Let me pray today with John, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Amen.

 

The Spirit Is Himself God

Whither shall I go from my spirit?…There shall my hand lead me, and my right hand shall hold me.

—Psalm 139:7, 10

 

Satan has hindered us all he could by raising conflicting opinions about the Spirit, by making Him a topic for hot and uncharitable debate between Christians….

It would help us if we could remember that the Spirit is Himself God, the very nature of the Godhead subsisting in a form that can impart itself to our consciousness. We know only as much of the other Persons of the Trinity as He reveals to us.

It is His light upon the face of Christ, which enables us to know Him. It is His light within us, which enables us to understand the Scriptures. Without Him the Word of truth is only darkness.

The Spirit is sent to be our Friend, to guide us over the long way home. He is Christ’s own Self come to live with us, allowing Him to fulfill His word, “Surely I am with you always,” even while He sits at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens. TWP091-092

[W]e are not filled with an influence; we are not filled with a sensation; we are not filled with a set of ideas and truth; we are not filled with a blessing, but we are filled with a Person…and its very essence is the indwelling life of Christ Himself. WCC122-123

 

He Showed Himself Alive

Luke 1:3

The Apostle Paul declared that the entire structure of the Christian faith rests upon the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Referring to Jesus, Luke wrote in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles,

“He showed himself alive!” (Acts 1:3 ASV). These words are the key to the amazing events which Luke describes. Indeed, were it not for the appearance of the risen Lord, there would have been no “Acts of the Apostles” to describe.

“He showed Himself alive.” To whom? To those who saw Him die. It was imperative that those who saw Him die should also see Him alive again. He had not been a brave but deluded fanatic dying vainly for a lost cause. He had not died as a political pawn or a condemned criminal. He had died as the divine agent in God’s supreme act of love.

And “He showed Himself alive” to those whose hopes were dead. We cannot fully understand the disappointment and dejection and despair of the followers of Jesus in those days after Calvary. We catch some of their hopelessness in the sad faces and despondent tones of the two who spoke with the “stranger” on the Emmaus road that first Easter Sunday afternoon. “We had hoped,” they said, “that He was the One who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21). “We had hoped!” The inference was plain. They spoke of hope as being something in the past.

But they didn’t remain that way. Read in that twenty-fourth chapter of Luke the joyous record of “burning hearts” and running feet and jubilant witnesses. And all because “He showed Himself alive” to those whose hopes were dead. There is no other way to explain the transformation of the grieving into the joyful, the doubting into the confident, the frightened into the bold. “He showed himself alive,” and the invigorated, invincible disciples became one of the leading proofs of His resurrection power.

And here is the final truth for you and me: “He showed Himself alive” to those who were dead in sin. To the Corinthian church, Paul wrote, “He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born” (1 Corinthians 15:8). Even those who did not actually see the risen Lord were beneficiaries of His appearing.

“Christ is risen! Hallelujah” Believe in the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus. Believe in the spiritual fact of the risen Christ, who will “show Himself alive” to you. Accept not alone the evidence of the empty tomb. Accept the irrefutable and incomparable evidence of the indwelling Christ.

Bramwell Tripp, To the Point