And the [first] beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months… Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them…and by the signs that [the second beast] is allowed to work in the presence of the [first] beast, […]
Jesus Christ [is] the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. (Revelation 1:5) The world is run by rulers of all sorts and kinds. Some are elected representatives, and others, self-appointed tyrants. Some lead by example and others rule by force and fear. Some act in ways that honor […]
[Jesus] is the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:3a) From starfish to stars, goldfish to galaxies, Jesus holds the universe together. He is both Creator and sustainer of all things, and nothing slips by His […]
God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 11 GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. (Psalm 11:4) All around us we see chaos in the world. Wars and rumors of wars. Famines, earthquakes […]
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and shield. (Psalm 115:11) Don’t just give your worship and reverence TO God; find your peace and strength IN Him, too. He is not a detached overlord who cares only about allegiance and obedience. No, He is a loving and protective father […]
Scripture Notes on Revelation 13 And the [first] beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months… Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them… and by the signs that [the second beast] is allowed to work in […]
Scripture Notes on Psalm 121 He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:3-4) An old children’s song declares, “He’s got the whole world, in His hands; He’s got the whole wide world, in His hands…” but sometimes […]
Scripture Notes on Psalm 115 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases. (Psalm 115:2-3) Do you ever look at a situation and ask “Where is God in this?” Do you ever look at hard things in your life and wonder, “Couldn’t God […]
Sometimes Jesus can be such a downer.
In Mark 13:1-2, the disciples comment on the glory and beauty of the temple, and rather than join them in admiring the structure and stones, He replies, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
Indeed, the word of Jesus was fulfilled in 70 A.D. when the temple was destroyed by the Roman empire, whose soldiers actually did tear apart one stone from the other in order to extract for Rome’s treasuries as much as possible of the building’s ornamental gold.
What happens when you try to back Jesus into a corner? He won’t let you. (Read Mark 12:27-33 as the chief priests and scribes have their plan backfire.) Jesus will not be put on trial or made to answer charges brought against Him or questions as to His right to act as He pleases. Do […]