If any man BELIEVES God will leave His throne to take a man on TOUR of HEAVEN and HELL fo convince him, he is DELUDED; Jesus settled it on the Cross, as it is written: ”… If they hear not Moses and the prophets, NEITHER WILL THEY BE PERSUADED, THOUGH ONE ROSE FROM THE DEAD” [Luke 16:31]....
1. ISRAEL is fulfilment of the PROMISE to Abraham, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED” [Genesis 12:3] The BLESSING was established in Jacob, as forerunner of those that shall PREVAIL by the SPIRIT of the Lord to inherit his kingdom, “… for BY STRENGTH SHALL NO MAN PREVAIL” [1Samuel 2:9] The BLESSING is Jesus Christ and the ONE who BLESSED Jacob was the Lord manifest in His ANGEL, saying; ”… Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but ISRAEL, FOR AS A PRINCE HAST THOU POWER with God and with men, and hast prevailed” [Genesis 32:28] At the appointed time, the Lord was manifest in the FLESH and by His DEATH on the Cross established the BLESSING in us. We are the ISRAEL OF GOD in Christ, as much as those who received the LAW and the TESTIMONY, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but A NEW CREATURE. And AS MANY AS WALK ACCORDING TO THIS RULE, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the ISRAEL OF GOD” [Galatians 6:15-16] We are the ISRAEL OF GOD, who WALK after the RULE of the Spirit, “That the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LAW MIGHT BE FULFILLED IN US, who WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, but AFTER THE SPIRIT” [Romans 8:4]
2. ISRAEL is by CALLING, not of BIRTH, “… For they are NOT ALL ISRAEL, WHICH ARE OF ISRAEL” [Romans 9:6] Those who left Egypt were ISRAEL by BIRTH, “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they DRANK OF THAT SPIRITUAL ROCK that followed them: and THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST. But with MANY OF THEM GOD WAS NOT WELL PLEASED: for they were OVERTHROWN IN THE WILDERNESS” [1 Corinthians 10:4-5] When we BELIEVED we also became partakers of the LIVING WATERS, as it written: “He that BELIEVETH ONE ME, as the scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER” [John 7:38] Listen closely, God was GRIEVED with them that DRANK in the wilderness, “But with whom was he GRIEVED FORTY YEARS? was it not with THEM THAT SINNED, WHOSE CARCASES FELL IN THE WILDERNESS?” [Hebrews 3:17] If those who SINNED perished in the wilderness, we do well to abstain from SIN, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are WRITTEN FOR OUR ADMONITION, UPON WHOM THE END OF THE WORLD ARE COME” [1 Corinthians 10:11] Brethren, the END OF THE WORLD is come, when we shall be glorified, but “… neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” [1 Corinthians 6:9-10]
3. ISRAEL OF GOD is the army of PILGRIMS seeking a “… BETTER COUNTRY, that is, AN HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for HE HATH PREPARED FOR THEM A CITY” [Hebrews 11:16] We are surrounded by WITNESSES who all “… DIED IN FAITH, not having received the promises, but HAVING SEEN THEM AFAR OFF, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth” [Hebrews 11:13] As PILGRIMS, we must be careful not to be overtaken by deceitfulness of riches, as to stray from our heavenly HOPE as did ISRAEL in the FLESH, and it is written: “But JESHURUN WAXED FAT and KICKED: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he FORSOOK GOD WHICH MADE HIM, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation” [Deuteronomy 32:15] Listen carefully, ISRAEL OF GOD is counted by FAITH, not by POSSESSIONS; our FAITH is anchored on “THINGS HOPED FOR” not things that are SEEN [Hebrews 11:1] We are the ISRAEL OF GOD, who turn away from pleasures of SIN, esteeming what is nor SEEN above the PROSPERITY OF FOOLS, “For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the PROSPERITY OF FOOLS shall destroy them” [Proverbs 1:32] We are not distracted, looking “… for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” [Hebrews 11:10]
4.ISRAEL OF GOD are the JEWELS of creation, “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, IN THAT DAY when I make up MY JEWELS; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him” [Malachi 3:17] That DAY is round the corner, when God shall take His JEWELS out of this world, and now shall we be PROVED, as gold is TRIED by FIRE, “For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” [1 Peter 4:17] Our FAITH in Christ is daily put to multiple TESTS, as the world descends into TRIBULATION, but we are not deterred, as it is written: “BE NOT THOU ASHAMED OF THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD, nor of me his prisoner: but BE THOU PARTAKER OF THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE GOSPEL according to the power of God” [2 Timothy 1:8] Beloved, I plead with you to anchor your FAITH on the TESTIMONY OF THE LORD and be conformed to those who profess to be ISRAEL but not the ISRAEL OF GOD, who “… WITH FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” [2 Peter 2:3] WATCH and PRAY, daily looking forward to the day the dead in Christ shall arise, and “… we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17]
5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen
Those who fear the Lord have no reason to fear present or future upheavals, but to rejoice; assured that present challenges are incomparable to the JOY of being caught up with the Lord at His Coming, as the Bible says: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED IN US....(Romans 8:18-19)
1. I acknowledge the concern of those who think we over flog the Coming of the Lord: the WATCHMAN has no such luxury. He is compelled to LOOK through the EYES of God and WARN the people of impending danger, as it is written: “Son of man, I HAVE MADE THEE A WATCHMAN unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and GIVE THEM WARNING FROM ME” [Ezekiel 3:17] Virtually all nations are LOCKED DOWN in one form of COVID-19 restriction or another, the economy is depressed, climate change is unrelenting and the hearts of men depressed with fear of what lies ahead. At such a time as this, the WATCHMAN must CRY, as Noah did, “By faith Noah, being WARNED OF GOD OF THINGS NOT YET SEEN as yet, moved with fear, prepared AN ARK TO THE SAVING OF HIS HOUSE; by the which he condemned the world, and became HEIR OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS BY FAITH” [Hebrews 11:7] THE WATCHMAN’S CRY is the FINAL CALL to HEIRS OF RIGHTEOUENESS to PREPARE for the imminent appearance of Jesus Christ, when “… we which are ALIVE and REMAIN shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17]
2. Noah was the WATCHMAN to his age, for 100 years, WARNING men to REPENT and escape looming destruction. Though there was no prior experience or scientific proof of RAIN, Noah stuck to his message and God “… spared not the old world, but saved NOAH the eighth person, A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” [2 Peter 2:5] The WATCHMAN is not an ENTERTAINER or MAGICIAN, who entices people with new tricks, but a MESSENGER like John, with strict instruction to PREPARE the WAY of the Lord, “The VOICE OF ONE CRYING in the wilderness, PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD, make his paths straight” [Mark 1:3] The VOICE of the WATCHMAN is ONE, not many VOICES; the same called the people to REPENTANCE through John, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O GENERATION OF VIPERS, who hath WARNED YOU TO FLEE FROM THE WRATH TO COME?” [Matthew 3:7] Listen carefully, the seeming monotony of THE WATCHMAN’S CRY is not for want of what to say, but the LONGSUFFERING of God, “The LORD IS NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISE, as some men count slackness; but is LONGSUFFERING TO US-WARD, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, but that all should come to repentance” [2 Peter 3:9]
3. The BURDEN of the WATCHMAN is LONELINESS’ day and night, he must be at his duty post and cannot be quiet “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN’S HAND” [Ezekiel 33:6] The WATCHMAN is hated in his days because he may only PROPHESY and WARN as he is instructed, even as Micaiah was LONELY and HATED, “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I HATE HIM; FOR HE DOTH NOT PROPHESY GOOD CONCERNING ME, BUT EVIL …” [1 Kings 20:8] What Ahab called EVIL was Micaiah’s persistent WARNING to him to REPENT and escape imminent judgment. This adulterous generation is worse; the WATCHMAN is mocked as a prophet of doom and his message, socially and politically unacceptable. He is ostracized and grossly misunderstood, as it is written: “I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, NOR REJOICED; I SAT ALONE because of thy hand: for THOU HAST FILLED ME WITH INDIGNATION” [Jeremiah 15:17] They are accounted as men of sorrows and would to be free, but cannot stop VOICE, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, NOR SPEAK ANY MORE IN HIS NAME But HIS WORD WAS IN MINE HEART AS A BURNING FIRE shut up in my bones,… ” [Jeremiah 20:9]
4. THE WATCHMAN’S CRY is the ASSURANCE of HOPE in the imminent appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, when we who are sealed by His Spirit shall receive the fulness of our inheritance in Him, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, Which is the EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” [Ephesians 1:13-14] At a time like this, when the world is world is rushing headlong to destruction, it is strange to see those who claim to have the “EARNEST” refuse the invitation to receive the full INHERITANCE, and PROPHECY is fulfilled, “… Go out into the HIGHWAYS and HEDGES, and COMPEL THEM TO COME IN, that my house may be filled” [Luke 14:23] The MESSAGE derided in shiny Cathedrals is preached and received with delight by drug addicts, harlots, and drunkards, etc., “… Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the PUBLICANS and the HARLOTS GO INTO THE KINGDOM of God before you” [Matthew 21:31] The WATCHMAN has blown the trumpet, REPENT and PREPARE to meet the Lord. If any man “… HEARD THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET, and took not warning; HIS BLOOD SHALL BE UPON HIM. But HE THAT TAKETH WARNING SHALL DELIVER HIS SOUL” [Ezekiel 33:5]
5. Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour, amen
1. AT A TIME LIKE THIS, when the airwaves are jammed with dreadful PREDICTIONS of what lies ahead, it is reassuring to place your TRUST in the ALL-KNOWING God “… I am God, and there is none like me, DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND, and I WILL DO ALL MY PLEASURE” [Isaiah 46:9-10] COVID-19 is His COUNSEL, to DEMYSTIFY those who claim to be “THE GREAT POWER OF GOD” [Acts 8:10] The inability of the world’s most developed nations to stem the pandemic is God disproving SCIENCE to draw you closer to WISDOM. I tell you, “… God hath chosen the FOOLISH THINGS OF THE WORLD TO CONFOUND THE WISE; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” [1 Corinthians 1:27[ In the WISDOM of God, the nations that seem to be WISE and have the most advanced medical systems are worse hit, so you will look beyond men to seek WISDOM, “So shall the KNOWLEDGE OF WISDOM be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and THY EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF” [Proverbs 24:14]
2. AT A TIME LIKE THIS, when the airwaves are awash with MISINFORMATION and DISNFORMATION, I plead with you not to be deceived, thus, says the Lord: “… Yet once more I SHAKE NOT THE EARTH ONLY, but also heaven” [Hebrews 12:26-27] Every system of human civilization will be SHAKEN and the center will no longer hold. This pandemic is a “SHAKING” and there are more to come, famine and unparalleled natural disasters as the ELEMENTS are SHAKEN. The present global financial grid will be “SHAKEN” and MONEY shall FAIL, as it once did in Egypt, “And when MONEY FAILED in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? FOR THE MONEY FAILETH” [Genesis 47:15] Hordes of hungry and angry men will bring down many governments, looting and scavenging for food on the streets. In the midst of unprecedented chaos, there shall arise a man who shall promise and indeed restore a measure of balance across the globe. The nations and many religious leaders will yield their flocks and resources to him to restore a semblance of order, but the SAINTS he shall persecute “And he opened his mouth in BLASPHEMY AGAINST GOD, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” [Revelation 13:6-7]
3. AT A TIME LIKE THIS, when the world and popular face of Christianity are on the same page, you cannot afford to anchor your TRUST on any man, including your Pastor, “Thus saith the LORD; CURSED BE THE MAN THAT TRUSTETH IN MAN, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD” [Jeremiah 17:5] If truly you have found GRACE in Jesus Christ, who gave His LIFE for us, I charge you to place all your EXPECTATIONS in Him and “… present your bodies A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, WILL OF GOD” Romans 12:1-2] A SACRIFICE is a LIFE given in EXCHANGE for another LIFE, as Jesus did. In like manner, God demands that we present ourselves as LIVING SACRIFICES, in CONFORMITY with Jesus Christ, who “… HUMBLED HIMSELF, and became OBEDIENT TO DEATH, even the death of the cross. Wherefore GOD ALSO HATH HIGHLY EXALTED HIM, and given him a name which is above every name” [Philippians 2:7-9] Do not for any reason allow your SOUL to be overwhelmed with demands of this world, but constantly RENEW your EXPECTATIONS on the coming of the Lord. Train your EXPECTATIONS on God not on politicians or religious leaders, and God will exalt you in due season “For surely there is an end; and THINE EXPECTATIONS SHALL NOT BE CUT OFFf” [Proverbs 23:18]
4. AT A TIME LIKE THIS, when it seems all HOPE of a better tomorrow is dashed, I assure you, God has it all worked out, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE, and not of evil, TO GIVE YOU AN EXPECTED END” [Jeremiah 29:11] God has prepared a new HEAVEN and new EARTH for those who accept His offer of PEACE, through FAITH in Jesus Christ [Revelation 21:1] Friend, the “EXPECTED END” is so close when “… the DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: Then we which are ALIVE and REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP with them in the clouds, to MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17] The work of REDEMPTION is fast running to an end, now more than ever is the time to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, “For he will finish the work, and CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: because a SHORT WORK WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH” [Romans 9:28] Remember, it is a “SHORT WORK”, “In a moment, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the DEAD SHALL BE RAISED incorruptible, and WE SHALL BE CHANGED” [1 Corinthians 15:52] The next moment may be too late.
VERSES 10 - 11:
The BOOK OF REVELATION is the heavenly narrative of things which ARE and things to COME, and the Lord “… SENT and SIGNIFIED it by HIS ANGEL unto his servant John” [Revelation 1:1] John was in the SPIRIT on the Lord’s day, joined to the Lord in TRUE WORSHIP. To the same FELLOWSHIP are we called, if we are TRUE WORSHIPPERS, not limiting our WORSHIP to a medley of songs in parish halls, even as “… ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father…. But the HOUR COMETH, and NOW IS, when the TRUE WORSHIPPERS SHALL WORSHIP the FATHER in SPIRIT and in TRUTH: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” [John 4:21-24] To those who WORSHIP Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH, the ANGEL OF THE LORD is ever so close, whether we are in prison as John was or in the bedroom. John turned at the GREAT VOICE as of a TRUMPET, the same which was with Moses in the wilderness, and testified to John, “Saying, I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches in Asia …” [Revelation 1:11 & Acts 7:38] The ANGEL OF THE LORD is your GUIDE, without Him the myriad of angels and imagery in this BOOK shall confuse you. It is your duty to recognize the ANGEL OF THE LORD and accept His TESTIMONY, “I JESUS have SENT MINE ANGEL to TESTIFY unto you these things IN THE CHURCHES …” [Revelation 22:16]
VERSES 12 - 16:
When John turned, he saw SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS, “And in the midst of the SEVEN CANDLESTICKS one like unto the SON OF MAN …” [Revelation 1:13] The SON OF MAN in the midst of SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS brings to mind the TABERNACLE in the wilderness and the ANGEL which led Israel to the Promised Land, as it is written: “Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, MINE ANGEL SHALL GO BEFORE THEE …” [Exodus 32:34] The same, the ANGEL OF THE LORD, appeared to John on Patmos, to GUIDE us through the LAST DAYS into His REST. John saw Him as the ANCIENT OF DAYS, “His HEAD and his HAIRS WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL, as white as snow; and his EYES WERE AS A FLAME OF FIRE” [Revelation 1:14] The SEVEN CANDLESTICKS pertain to the earthly TABERNACLE, not so the SEVEN STARS in His right hand, “… and out of his mouth went a SHARP TWOEDGED SWORD: and HIS COUNTENANCE WAS AS THE SUN shineth in his strength” [Revelation 1:16] STARS belong to heaven, and like the pillar of shiny CLOUD in the wilderness, lights the path of the JUST. The “TWOEDGED SWORD” pertain to JUDGMENT, “… the GOODNESS and SEVERITY of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, GOODNESS, IF THOU CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS; OTHERWISE THOU ALSO SHALL BE CUT OFF” [Romans 11:22]
VERSES 17-18: It is certain no man shall SEE God and live, “… Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me” [Exodus 33:20] However, Moses saw the Lord, “And the LORD spake unto Moses FACE TO FACE, as a MAN SPEAKETH unto his FRIEND …” [Exodus 33:11] There is no confusion here, Moses and John saw the ANGEL OF THE LORD; they saw the PRESENCE of the Lord in His ANGEL. If we stay TRUE to the Lord, we are His FRIENDS and His ANGEL is our COMPANION, “YE ARE MY FRIENDS, if ye do whatsoever I command you…. I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have MADE KNOWN UNTO YOU” [John 15:14-15] The ANGEL OF THE LORD is the invisible FRIEND who makes KNOWN the MYSTERIES and DEPTHS of God’s WISDOM to those who HUMBLE themselves at His feet. John fell at His feet, and He touched him, saying; “… FEAR NOT; I am the FIRST and the LAST” [Revelation 1:17] If we know Him and accept His FRIENDSHIP, we have no reason to FEAR the agents of HELL and DEATH, the Lord is ALIVE FOR EVERMORE, “… Amen; and have the KEYS of HELL and DEATH” [Revelation 1:18] The ANGEL OF THE LORD is with those who WORSHIP Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH to Guide us through this turbulent world into His REST. His PROMISE is the ANCHOR our FAITH, as it is written: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” [Isaiah 43:2]
VERSES 19-20: The commandment to WRITE came from the Lord, manifest in His ANGEL, “WRITE the things which thou hast SEEN, and the things which ARE, and the things which shall be HEREAFTER” [Revelation 1:19] Let every man that WRITES or shall WRITE in the name of the Lord do so by COMMANDMENT, having “… renounced the HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY, not walking in CRAFTINESS, nor handling the word of God DECEITFULLY; but by MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH commending ourselves to every man's CONSCIENCE in the sight of God” [2 Corinthians 4:2] Beginning with the things which John SAW, the ANGEL OF THE LORD unraveled the MYSTERY of the SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS and the SEVEN STARS: “… The SEVEN STARS are the ANGELS of the SEVEN CHURCHES: and the SEVEN CANDLESTICKS which thou sawest are the SEVEN CHURCHES” [Revelation 1:20] The SEVEN STARS in His right hand are angels, signifying His POWER working through the ministry of angels in the CHURCH. The SEVEN CANDLESTICKS represent the CHURCH, which is many parts but ONE, even as the CANDLESTICKS are joined in one LAMPSTAND, “For by ONE SPIRIT are we all BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” [1 Corinthians 12:13]
A COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION, Chp 1:10-20
Those who called Christ’s disciples CHRISTIANS, in Antioch, were oblivious of the MYSTERY of the BRIDE, the BRIDEGROOM and His FRIENDS [Acts 11:26]...
1. In 2020, we saw a conjunction of SCIENCE, POLITICS and false RELIGION, ostensibly to fight COVID-19, but in reality, a sinister realignment of all structures of POWER; the NEW NORMAL. As we count the gains and losses of the year gone by, let every man search his own conscience. The real losses of 2020 were not the body bags or catastrophic economic distress but SAINTS who were DECEIVED and or DISTRACTED by massive campaigns of DISINFORMATION and derailed from the ‘OLD PATHS”. This year, I have a WORD from the Lord for His SAINTS; ”RUN IN YOUR LANE” and you will not be DISTRACTED by the NEW NORMAL, “… Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, where is the GOOD WAY and WALK THEREIN, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein” [Jeremiah 6:16] After COVID-19, the world would never be the same; it has changed forever and continues to mutate under influence of the NEW NORMAL. RUN IN YOUR LANE, the OLD PATH in which you walked at the onset of your FAITH in Jesus Christ, and “YE DID RUN WELL, WHO DID HINDER YOU that ye should not obey the truth?” [Galatians 5:7]
2. As the world slips into TWILIGHT ZONE and hazy lines between FACT and FICTION are erased, it is prudent to RUN IN YOUR LANE, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” [Romans 12:1-2] If you will RUN IN YOUR LANE, prepare for sustained assault of LIES and HALF-TRUTHS against the tenets of FAITH in the WORD OF TRUTH. There shall be distress, social dislocations and panic in many nations and many who once BELIEVED shall fall away, as it is written: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us” [1 John 2:19] Prepare ahead, to restructure your relationships and readdress your priorities, laying aside every weight “… and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and LET US RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE that is set before us” [Hebrews 12:1] Do not BELIEVE everything you SEE, READ or HEAR, but “PROVE ALL THINGS HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD” [1 Thessalonians 5:21]
3. I know you have EXPECTATIONS for the new year, let your EXPECTATION be in Christ and RUN IN YOUR LANE, remember “… every man that striveth for the mastery is TEMPERATE IN ALL THINGS. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but WE AN INCORRUPTIBLE” [1 Corinthians 9:25] I plead with you to be “TEMPERATE IN ALL THINGS”, CRUCIFY the FLESH and RUN with certainty of HOPE in the Coming of the Lord, “… for your heavenly FATHER KNOWETH THAT YE HAVE NEED OF ALL THIESE THINGS. But SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” [Matthew 6:32-33] The race has been long, and the END is in sight, Settle in your mind to RUN IN YOUR LANE and avoid DISTRACTION, “For surely THERE IS AN END; and THINE EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF” [Proverbs 23:18] Listen carefully, those who ENTICE you with PREDICTIONS earthly things DISTRACT you from the certain and imminent appearance of Jesus Christ. I charge in the name of Lord, RUN IN YOUR LANE “LOOKING UNTO JESUS the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him ENDURED THE CROSS, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” [Hebrews 12:2]
4. It’s a new year and there is no better time than now receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and RUN IN YOUR LANE to ETERNAL RELEVANCE, amen
VERSE 4: TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST is the foundation of our FAITH, “That at the NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of things in HEAVEN, and things in EARTH, and things UNDER THE EARTH” [Philippians 2:10] Another word for TESTIMONY is WITNESS, and pertaining to WITNESSES, “A TRUE WITNESS DELIVERETH SOULS: but a DECEITFUL WITNESS SPEAKETH LIES” [‘Proverbs14:25] John TESTIFIED to the SEVEN churches in Asia, the figure SEVEN signifying the TRUE CHURCH; built on the perfect revelation of God in Him “… WHICH IS, and WHICH WAS, and WHICH IS TO COME; and from the SEVEN SPIRITS which are BEFORE HIS THRONE” [Revelation 1:4] Jesus Christ IS on the THRONE, the same was on the CROSS and shall COME in due season to receive His BRIDE. The “SEVEN SPIRITS BEFORE HIS THRONE” denote the fulness of God manifest in the Holy Ghost which Jesus promised, saying: “… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my FATHER will love him, and WE WILL COME unto him, and MAKE OUR ABODE IN HIM” [John 14:23] The MESSAGE of this BOOK is addressed to faithful men and women in all ages, who did not SEE God in the flesh but BELIEVED the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST; truly “… BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, and yet HAVE BELIEVED” [John 20:29]
VERSES 5-6: This BOOK is the capstone MESSAGE of which Jesus said: “I have yet MANY THINGS TO SAY UNTO YOU, but YE CANNOT BEAR THEM NOW. Howbeit when he, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, is come, he will guide you into all truth: … HE WILL SHEW YOU THINGS TO COME” [John 16:12-13] SPIRIT OF TRUTH is the fulness of God revealed in the Holy Ghost, as Jesus promised; “… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my FATHER will love him, and WE WILL COME UNTO HIM, and make our ABODE WITH HIM” [John 14:23] Holy Ghost is the FAITHFUL WITNESS of how “… God was MANIFEST in the FLESH, JUSTIFIED in the SPIRIT … “ [1 Timothy 3:16] He removes all doubts and establishes in us the true IDENTITY of Christ, the greatness of His power and magnitude of His LOVE for us, “And because ye are SONS, God hath sent forth the SPIRIT OF HIS SON INTO YOUR HEARTS, crying, Abba, Father” [Galatians 4:6] If the SPIRIT OF HIS SON is in you, you are BORN AGAIN into everlasting inheritance as, “… HEIRS OF GOD, and JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” [Romans 8:17] Having these wonderful promises, let us do all we can to please Him who gave His LIFE to make us KINGS and PRIESTS to our God and “IF WE SUFFER, WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM: if we deny him, he also will deny us” [2 Timothy 2:12]
VERSE 7: The ANCHOR of our FAITH is the PROMISE of His Coming, which has lingered for some 2,000 years, and some who once BELIEVED are now SCOFFERS, “… walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the PROMISE OF HIS COMING? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” [2 Peter 3:4] God cannot lie and His PROMISE is infallible. He will APPEAR, first to receive His own; we shall be CAUGHT UP in the TWINKLING of an eye and though “… it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] Those who are left behind shall suffer GREAT TRIBULATION under the jackboots of the ANTICHRIST. There shall be unprecedented DISTRESS, paving the way to ARMAGEDDON and near extinction of life, but the Lord shall RETURN in time, “… and EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him… ” [Revelation 1:7] He will BIND the devil in chains, put an end to SUFFERING and we shall reign with Him for a thousand years, as it is written: “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:2]
VERSES 8-9: TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST is the foundation of our FAITH and KEY that unravels the MYSTERIES and PROPHECIES in the BOOK OF REVELATION, “… for the TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY” [Revelation 19:10] Remember, the AUTHOR is Jesus Christ, and whosoever doubts His IDENTITY loses the KEY to the PROPHECIES in this BOOK. Thus says the Lord: “I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, WHICH IS, and WHICH WAS, and WHICH IS TO COME, the ALMIGHTY” [Revelation 1:8] If you accept who He says He IS, you are His SHEEP and the MESSAGE in this BOOK is addressed to you. If you BELIEVE not, you can neither HEAR nor UNDERSTAND the His MESSAGE “… YE ARE NOT MY SHEEP, as I said unto you. MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and they follow me” [John 10:26-27] His SHEEP are ONE FOLD, under ONE SHEPHERD; we are all BRETHREN, therefore, “… CALL NO MAN FATHER upon the earth: for ONE IS YOUR FATHER, which is IN HEAVEN” [Matthew 23:9] Consider John who received the REVELATION, and called us BROTHER, saying: “I JOHN, who also am YOUR BROTHER, and COMPANION in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST” [Revelation 1:9] Let us likewise put aside selfish interests and in unity of FAITH contend for the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST.
1. One of the most intriguing PARABLES in the Bible likens the “KINGDOM OF HEAVEN”, “… UNTO TO TEN VIRGINS, which took their LAMPS, and went forth to meet the BRIDEGROOM. And FIVE OF THEM WERE WISE, and FIVE WERE FOOOLISH” [Matthew 25:1-2] TEN VIRGINS started out with LAMPS, hoping to go in with the BRIDEGROOM, but “While the BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] Brethren, we are VIRGINS, betrothed to Christ, if so be we are BORN AGAIN, and the BRIDEGROOM is Jesus Christ. Over the years, many SLEPT in the Lord, waiting for His appearance, and we who are alive are as SLUMBERING VIRGINS, but “… at MIDNIGHT there was A CRY MADE, Behold, the BRIDEGROOM COMETH go ye out to meet him” [Matthew 25:6] At His appearance, the WISE shall AWAKE TO UNDERSTANDING and GLORY but the FOOLISH to CONFUSION and SHAME, let us therefore, be WISE, “WISDOM is the principal thing; therefore GET WISDOM: and with all thy getting GET UNDERSTANDING” [Proverbs 4:7]
2. We are VIRGINS by FAITH in the WORD of God, for “… FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD” [Romans 10:17] Though we are VIRGINS, yet are we neither WISE nor ready to meet the BRIDEGROOM until we are ESTABLISHED in godly INTERPRETATION of “… HOLY SCRIPTURES, which are able TO MAKE THEE WISE UNTO SALVATION THROUGH FAITH which is in Christ Jesus” [2 Timothy3:15] Beloved, reading and listening to the WORD of God is not enough to make you WISE, you must be FED and LED by INTERPRETATION of the Bible in PRESENT TRUTH. Choose carefully, therefore, who you listen to and what you read, “… for SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS ALSO BE TRANSFORMED AS THE MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS;…” [2 Corinthians 11:14-15] Let no man be deceived, the KEY to INTERPRETNG the Bible is SALVATION anchored on Christ “In hope of ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” [Titus 1:2] If you will be grounded in sound INTERPRETATION of TRUTH, avoid those who INTERPRETE the WORD of God through the prism of GREED, for “… through COVETOUSNESS shall they WITH FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU… ” [2 Peter 2:3] Go through the Scriptures, Jesus did not die to make you a millionaire and the Bible is not a business manual, but “All SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION and INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS …” [2 Timothy3:16-17]
3. All TEN VIRGINS had LAMPS, signifying godly INTERPRETATION, but only FIVE had OIL when it mattered most. The OIL is your BODY which God requires to be presented, “… a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” [Romans 12:1-2] Our WILLINGNESS to do His WILL in total SUBMISSION to His PURPOSE for our lives is the OIL that burns to ILLIMINATE the SOUL. You see, UNDERSTANDING is not a GIFT, it is the YOKE of FELLOWSHIP in total AGREEMENT with Christ, as it is written: “That I MAY KNOW HIM, and the power of his RESURRECTION, and the fellowship of his SUFFERINGS, being made COMFORMABLE TO HIS DEATH” [Philippians 3:10] Proof of UNDERSTANDING is CONFORMITY with the MIND of Christ, in POWER and in SUFFERINGS, “The eyes of YOUR UNDERSTANDING BEING ENLIGHTENED; that ye may know what is the HOPE OF HIS CALLING, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” [ Ephesians 1:18] When we turn away from selfish AMBITIONS and vain promises of men of perverse mind, the Lord adds FLAME to the OIL, “For thou wilt LIGHT MY CANDLE the LORD my God will ENLIGHTEN MY DARKNESS” [Psalms 18:28] Let us TRIM our LAMPS and be filled with UNDERSTANDING, the BRIDEGROOM cometh.
4. WISDOM is the crowning glory of UNDERSTANDING, “And they that be WISE SHALL SHINE as the brightness of the firmament; and they that TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS as the stars for ever and ever” [Daniel 12:3] It’s close to 2,000 years since Jesus ascended to heaven and all VIRGINS slumber, “While the BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] Though they all SLUMBERED, the WISE knew what to do as soon as the MIDNIGHT CRY was heard. The FOOLISH also awoke but to CONFUSION, bereft of UNDERSTANDING, chasing shadows, “And while they WENT TO BUY, the bridegroom came; and THEY THAT WERE READY WENT IN with him to the marriage: and the DOOR WAS SHUT” [Matthew 25:10] This is the MIDNIGHT CRY, AWAKE TO UNDERSTANDING, silence all DISTRACTIONS and be renewed in UNDERSTANDING of the SEASON, as one having “… UNDERSTANDING of the TIMES, TO KNOW WHAT ISREAL OUGHT TO DO…” [1 Chronicles 12:32] Now, more than ever before, let us TRIM all excesses of the FLESH, separating what is EXPEDIENT from what LAWFUL and put away aside “… every WEIGHT, and the SIN which doth so easily beset us, and let us RUN WITH PATIENCE the race that is set before us” [Hebrews 12:1] If we are AWAKE TO UNDERSTANDING, we do well to call those who SLUMBER to UNDERSTANDING, saying: “… AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST, and arise from the dead, and CHRIST SHALL GIVE THEE LIGHT” [Ephesians 5:14]
5. Choose to be WISE, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen