Commandments of the Apostles

Part IX

(1431). Read the Words of Prophecy. (1432). Hear the Words of Prophecy. (1433). Keep Those Things That Are Written Therein.

(Rev. 1:1-3 NLT) “This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon. An angel was sent to God's servant John so that John could share the revelation with God's other servants. John faithfully reported the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ — everything he saw. God blesses the one who reads this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to it and obey what it says. For the time is near when these things will happen.”

The Apostle John’s revelation of the End Times is so very important. God wants us to have great respect for the Prophets and their writings throughout the Scriptures. Although the Bible has a world of information for God’s children, many of the Scriptures will not be fully understood until we stand before God after this life. “We’ll Understand It Better By and By!” God’s Wisdom and Understanding is so “beyond ours” that we can’t expect to be “all knowing”, but we can certainly be challenged to heed every verse of Scripture in the Bible and to honor and respect it! Most Christians just “shake their heads” with a wrinkled forehead when they tackle the Book of Revelation. But even if we don’t fully understand every single passage, the Book shocks us with much of what is said, and it should cause us to be drawn closer to an omniscient God even though His ways are certainly “past finding out” this side of eternity!

We do know that John’s “revelation” is very true and very accurate. It sounds “fictional”, in many places, but, without question, it is “challenging” to our thinking, and it is certainly more than accurate and “true to life” throughout the discourse. The least we can do is to “listen” to what God is saying, and the finest thing we can do as we “listen” and OBEY what God is telling us to do.

God’s Word, if we heed It, is to OBEYED! We are to get ready for the Rapture. We’re to, “getting ready” for the Rapture, get closer, much closer, than we can even imagine, to Jesus, “walk the walk”, not simply “talk the talk”. Certainly, we are to be “passionate”, “on fire”, believers. Lukewarm Children of God make God “sick at His stomach”!

To be ready for what’s “going to happen”, we must “overcome the world, overcome the flesh, and overcome the devil”. Only people who are “VICTORIOUS” and “TRIUMPHANT” will inherit the Kingdom of God. As John reveals the Rapture, the Tribulation comes along, including the “Man of Sin” or the “Anti-Christ”, the Two Witnesses, the 144,000 Jewish Evangelists, the Fall of Babylon, the Cataclysmic, Earth-Shaking, Judgments of God, and the Battle of Armageddon, the Bottomless Pitt, followed by the 1000 Year Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lake of Fire, the Great White Throne Judgment and the Resurrection of the Wicked Dead, and (Finally) the New Heavens and the New Earth, with the Old Earth and Heaven Replaced, and the BEAUTIFUL NEW JERUSALEM COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN!...We stand back in amazement, almost in SHOCK AND AWE!

I think we’d best get ready! What do YOU think?!

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