December 31, 2019: SOAP #3680:  Revelation 19-22 Scripture:  Revelation (NIV) 21:9  One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a […]

December 31, 2019: SOAP #3680:  Revelation 19-22

Scripture:  Revelation (NIV) 21:9  One of the seven angels who had the sevenbowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I willshow you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away inthe Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City,Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory ofGod, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper,clear as crystal.

Observation:  Whatbegan in the first chapter of Genesis now ends in the 22nd chapterof Revelation.  In the first chapters ofGenesis we read of God creating a beautiful garden in which He would place theman He was about to create.  In Revelation22 we read of a city he has prepared for the church, the bride of His SonJesus! 

The last verse (27) in this chapter gives extremely important information foranyone wanting to enter this city:  'Nothingimpure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful ordeceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.'

What about those whose names are not written in that book?   Revelation (NIV) 20:15 If anyone's name wasnot found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Application:   Whatbetter way to end the old year than to make sure that my name is written in theLamb's book of life!  

Prayer:   Jesus,I acknowledge that I am a sinner and cannot save myself.  I believe you died on the cross in paymentfor my sins.  I ask you to forgive me andcleanse me by your blood from all unrighteousness.  I confess you as my Lord.  Thank you for forgiving me.  Thank you for your kindness to me.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower meto live a life that brings pleasure to you. Amen

Pastor Leon
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