Category Archives: Revelation

How Much

For this last little while I have been thinking about how much; how much time do I have left here. The number of funerals (memorial services) I have attended has increased over the last decade – it comes with the territory – aging.

Truth. I don’t know how much time I have. None of us know for certain. I know I don’t have as much left as I have spent. I know that for sure. I mean I am really confident I shall not still be walking this planet come 2086 — or will I? That is if I take in the account of the millennial reign of my JESUS! Wow! That puts a whole new perspective on this how much time do I have left!

. . .  and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Just in case you want to read the whole of it, you may HERE.

 

Shut the Liar Up

Have you heard that writing out Scripture is important? I received a refresher of that truth just now so I am stopping in briefly to share with you.

There are many versions in which to read this verse but the TLV is the one I was writing out to remember.

Isaiah 54:17 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 17 No weapon formed against you will prosper
and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of Adonai’s servants— their vindication is from Me.”
It is a declaration of Adonaisource

And as I wrote a light flashed on. Many of us in Christendom are well familiar with this promise No weapon formed against you will prosper and we want that so much. And it is a promise we can count on but there is a condition. It follows in the verse. Let me do all caps here so we don’t miss the importance. YOU WILL CONDEMN every tongue that rises against you in judgment.

So, who rises against us in judgment? No, He’s not speaking of you and me criticizing each other (not that that cannot be done constructively). Who accuses the brethren? (See Revelation 12:10) Of course, the Evil One and his hosts whisper or scream those nasty tongued lies to our minds daily.  And when we don’t CONDEMN them immediately that weapon against us will surely form – that’s not DADDY GOD’s plan but it is His condition in the case of the enemy’s speech. It’s up to us to shut the liar up! And we do by simply condemning – that is recognizing that speech as a lie, reject it and in Father’s Spirit move on.

Please read the rest of the verse again. You don’t want to miss the words HERITAGE, VINDICATION, ME and DECLARATION. Let those words speak to you in the context in which they are given.

Until Next Time * * *

You Are Invited

Heaven (salvation) The Wedding Supper.

GOD is simultaneously all inclusive and certain exclusive.

He has sent and continues to send His invitation to ALL to come to His Heaven. Everyone is invited. And included with His invitation is (clothing) The Garment He purchased and packaged specifically and precisely for the event for each Invitee.
Therefore, Any One attempting to gain admittance without the wearing of  The King’s Garment will be turned away. No admittance. No exceptions.
Got it?

What do you mean it’s not fair?
What do you mean, you want to wear clothes of your own choosing?
You do.
And we do every day that we refuse to believe GOD.

You see we don’t get to choose what is sin and what is not sin. To do so is man proclaiming himself to be GOD.
And no man (or woman or child) persisting in proclaiming himself (herself) to be god will enter The Kingdom of GOD (Heaven).
It’s as simple and inclusive and exclusive as that.

 Revelation 22: 16 I, Yeshua, have sent My angel to testify these things to you for My communities. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

17 The Ruach and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come—let the one who wishes freely take the water of life!  source

My Book.

A video I watched this morning has since occupied my thoughts. The maker of the video from the onset confessed she was venting. She had apparently been to a memorial type event, lots of church people there; she had a full plate that day and she had dressed for the larger portion of the day – jeans and what looked to be a clean modest fitting T-Shirt. When she walked in the room, she felt their ‘judgment’ and for the remainder of the video, she talked about the emotional wounds we inflict upon one another with our judging one another.

May I share an expanded thought on the matter?

I wonder if we say ‘don’t judge me’ without knowing what we are saying. I hope so. Because if we are saying don’t judge me as it has for centuries been defined, we are saying Do not tell me I am wrong. Can we the people never be wrong? If that is our position, we are a deceived and arrogant bunch – o that would be judging, wouldn’t it?

When did judgment get to be such a dirty, undesirable word (deed)?

Are we so full of ourselves that we think we can’t be wrong, about anything?! Are we so full of ourselves, so enamored with ourselves that we think even GOD HIMSELF has no right to tell us we are wrong, that our behavior is wrong?

Back to the woman and her video.
Could it be what she was feeling was their condemnation?  Which in my book is worse than judging – for what my book is worth to you.

Condemnation is one saying to another I have judged your behavior, your looks, your skin color, your dress, any number of conditions and because of that I have judged YOU unredeemable; condemned by me and perhaps with professing church people – condemned by GOD.

How many of us know condemnation is not our place?! And that doing so puts us in line for judgment by GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF?

To be sure HE has already judged all things, be they right or wrong; and HE does have the absolute authority to do so.
You don’t believe that?
You can make that choice. But you don’t get to decide what GOD does about your choice.

And then there is another scenario. That is the dear woman has been victimized by the meanest of all and it is he who is telling her they are judging her when in fact it is he who is accusing her (he is an accomplished ventriloquist); while those folks milling around her are so wrapped up in their own stuff they have not noticed her at all – much less what she is wearing.
And that, my friends, is a whole other set of ugly luggage that needs unpacking another time.

The whole of it boils down to obedience to GOD in our relationships with HIM and others. Sometimes, He says speak. Sometimes He says ‘not a word, Kathie, not a word”.  This I have learned: disobedience is too painful a place for me to stay long. So, whoever likes may judge me all they want, I’m okay with that as long as HE is pleased with me. And as to condemnation;  well, this is what GOD says about me:

Romans 8: (KJV) 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. source

Who do you think I am going to believe? Who do you believe?

Doorkeeper

Psalm 84:(NKJV) 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. source

This is one of those Bible verses for church-raised kids that bears worn edges; we know it well, we have quoted it again and again.  And I have thought the Psalmist was saying he would rather be the so-called low profile church doorkeeper than to be a well-known, hobnobbing elite of this world that  knows not GOD. I’m still okay with that but today I am offering an added perspective. 

Perhaps the doorkeeper is low profile but a low profile does not mean insignificant. A low profile does not mean just anybody could do what a doorkeeper does. In the Household of GOD, the doorkeeper shows up early and stays late. Let us allow ourselves to ponder what that takes! 

The doorkeeper arrives before the lights come on, cause the doorkeeper turns the lights on, opens the door and makes the way for worshippers to enter the sanctuary. And when the other worshippers ready themselves to go home, and as some tarry to visit, the Doorkeeper waits; and when  the last dear one steps over the threshold, the Doorkeeper secures the building and turns toward home himself. 

Doorkeepers. 
Reliable. Faithful. Courteous. Helpful. Anything but self-serving. 

Yes! The House of GOD needs Doorkeepers. It just may be the most beloved service around. 

Next time you visit your local Church gathering place, consider the one who tends the door for you and while we are thinking doors . . . 

Revelation 3: (NKJV) 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  source

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