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Bible Pathway - Dec. 25, 2014

  • 2014 Dec 25
  • COMMENTS

Highlights:

The Seals; 144,000 sealed; the numberless multitude; four trumpets sounded.

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Rev. 6:15-17).

Seven hundred years before Christ was born, Isaiah revealed that the administration of justice would rest upon the Messiah-King. The government shall be upon his shoulder: and His name shall be called . . . The mighty God (Is. 9:6).

Isaiah foreold that Christ would be brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers (Is. 53:7). This was confirmed by John the Baptist who pointed out the Messiah by saying Behold the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Jesus is the Lamb of God. He is the last and only sacrifice ever needed by mankind.

Christ as the Lamb of God came to earth to portray the gentleness of God's love to all who receive Him as their Savior and Lord. During His life on earth and for the last 2000 years, Christ has shown mercy upon mercy to every individual who would simply choose to accept it. But on Judgment Day, to all who have refused His love and have chosen to remain under the control of Satan and in rebellion against God, He will say: Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41).

As believers we rejoice in the fact that our names are written in the Lords Book of Life and we have the promise and privilege of being in the presence of the King of kings for all eternity. As Jesus proclaimed: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb (Lord Jesus Christ), clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb (Rev. 7:9-10).

In heaven multitudes of overcomers stand in the presence of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through the centuries, this revelation has strengthened the faith of many Christians who have faced fierce opposition from a hostile world.

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:57).

Thought for the Day: God loves everyone; it is not His will that any should perish.

Cross References:

For Rev. 6:12: See Joel 2:31. Rev. 6:13: See Is. 34:4. Rev. 6:17: See Joel 2:11. Rev. 7:3: See Ezek. 9:4. Rev. 7:17: See Ezek. 34:23.

Word Studies:

6:13 untimely figs, unripe figs; 6:15 bondman, slave.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Internet Radio: in Honor of Daniel Turner, A life well spent, 23 years. • Staff: Ilene Wallace • Country: Lesotho (2 million) within the east-central part of the Republic of South Africa • Major languages: Sesotho and English • Limited religious freedom • 43% Roman Catholic; 30% Protestant; 6% ancestor worship, divination, and spirit-possession cults • Prayer Suggestion: Pray that the will of God be done in every situation you face today (Matt. 6:10).

Memory Verse for the Week: Luke 2:11

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