Oh the Rejoicing

Oh the joy, the dancing, the hugging, the celebration, the victory. Oh the awe, weeping for joy, the cheering, singing, hands raised up. Oh the worship, the blowing of trumpets, the laughing for joy. Oh the shouting, the celebration, the gladness, the triumph. Oh the elation, the rapture, the excitement, the intense love for all present, oh the rejoicing…

…when we are united with our King, our Husband, our Lord, our Beloved God and Redeemer. On that day.

The world has the Obama victory. It has the World Series victory. We have Jesus’ victory. We have Him.

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Gal.6:14

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor.15:57

For what is our hope or joy or crown of exultation(rejoicing)? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 1Thes.2:19

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Is.35:10

With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace. Ps.45:15

related post: https://witnessingencouragement.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/christ-our-king/

 

Verses of Encouragement: End Time

verses3“I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days Came, and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.” Dan.7:21-22.

“And by smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Dan.11:32.

“And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Dan.12:3.

“Many will be purged, purified and refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”Dan.12:10

“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name….But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved” Matt.24:9,13.

“And when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.” Mark13:11.

But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.” Luke21:12-15.

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him……..Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion (apostacy) comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction…2Thes.2:1,3.

Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)…. for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall. And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short.” Matt.24:15,21-22.

“But immediately after the tribulation……they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory and He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Matt.24:29-31.

Our God shall come…He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people: “Gather my saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Ps.50:3-5.

“And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth, to the farthest end of heaven.” Mark13:27.

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 1Cor.15:51-52.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1Thes.4:15-18.

Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him…Rev.1:7.

And one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and from where have they come? And I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.” Rev.7:13-17.

And the seventh angel sounded and there arose loud voices in heaven…and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to give their reward to Thy bond-servants the prophets and to the saints and to those who fear Thy name… Rev.11:15,18.

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even unto death.” Rev.12:11.

Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’ “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” Rev.14:12-13.

“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev.19:10.

Come, my people, enter into your rooms, and close your doors behind you; hide for a little while, until the indignation runs its course, for behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity…Is.26:20-21.

And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True… Rev.19:11.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehand and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.Rev.20:4-5.

Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. Rev.20:6.

Give Him Glory!

The Planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences was quite an adventure. You start inside the museum and slowly go up until you are viewing the Bay Area from the sky. Ascending upward, you look down on the Pacific coast until you are up in space. After a short tour of some of our planets, and viewing Earth from space, you venture out to get a wide view of our galaxy and visit some nearby stars. Then it is off to deep space where zillions of God’s other galaxies decorate the observable universe.

Out of Humanist obligation to continuously indoctrinate in the new paradigm, the themes of evolution, global warming, environmentalism, and possible life on other planets were present. We expected as much. But what riled me was when they started bragging on mankind and his achievements in discovering and documenting the cosmos using advanced space technology. Toward the end of the show the narrator said something about how wonderful we are that we have “numbered the stars” (and named them). I thought, wait a minute! Who has numbered the stars?

I was bursting with desire to get up and tell everyone that God created the stars and HE numbered them. We are not wonderful for discovering the stars. The stars were created to display the wonder, power and glory of God the Creator, that we may worship Him. The heavens declare the glory of God!

He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and of great power, His understanding is infinite. Ps.147:4-5.

Fear God, and give Him glory… and worship Him who made the heaven and the earth….Rev.14:7.