The Sword of Him

“And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” Revelation 19:21

The remnant which is herein written of is the remainder of those who chose not to follow Jesus Christ.  After the Great Tribulation, when all of the Saints return on the backs of white horses behind the Lord GOD, Jesus Christ, everyone who took the mark of the beast and allowed themselves to be deceived by the Devil will decide to join with Satan against Jesus.  It will be a battle.  But this battle will be one sided, for Christ Himself will defeat them all with the same thing He has been trying to save them with since He told it to the prophets, the apostles, and each and every one of us who believe.  He will defeat them with the Word.

The Sword is the Word, and the Word is the Truth, and the Truth is all about Jesus.  In fact, Christ said:

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” John 14:6a

Jesus is the Truth, and He alone can set men free, but if those men choose to remain bound by denying Jesus, then Christ will defeat them with the same Truth that they denied – Himself.

Jesus Christ is the Way.  He is the only Way.  The rest of the scripture above tells us that no one, not even one, can get to the Father unless they come through Jesus (John 14:6b).  Everyone wants to go to a Heaven of their own making.  Just ask a child what they think Heaven will be like and see how they respond differently than what you may think Heaven will be like.  The truth about Heaven is that it is plain and simply being in the very Presence of our Father God for all eternity.  The Bible is very clear that there are mansions and streets of gold (John 14:2;Rev 21:21).  All of our needs will be forever met by a faithful GOD.  The Bible also says that GOD will be amongst His people (Rev 21:3).  So, though there may be things that our imaginations cannot fathom, and possibly things we associate joy here on earth with, the main blessing of Heaven is the Presence of GOD.  That is the only Heaven.  There is but one.  The only Way to get there, per the Word of Almighty God, is through Jesus Christ.

So, I tell you this truly and honestly, and in loving humility.  You can accept Jesus now and be saved, spared an eternal hellfire, or you can go it your own way and fall, eventually to only be brought back around to be confronted by the Word of GOD which you had denied.  Which will you choose?  I know my choice.

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phillipians 2:9-11

 

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

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I Am Mephibosheth

I am Mephibosheth.

“As for Mephibosheth, said the king , he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.” 2 Samuel 9:11b

Today, I am overwhelmed by the fact that the Lord has accepted me just as I am. It is He that makes me to sit at the table of God and eat as a son of His. I cannot be righteous of my own accord, for to walk in the Spirit is difficult, at best.

I am Mephibosheth.

I am lame on both feet, unable to walk properly. Yet, He walks with me, holding me up when I can’t do it, and guiding me closer and closer to God-likeness.

Mephibosheth had it right. He knew he was nothing more than a dog, unworthy of even the table scraps. In every aspect, he knew he should have been slaughtered with his father’s house.

I am Mephibosheth.

Yet, because of the covenant which David forged with Jonathan, Mephibosheth was spared and raised to the status of co-heir and prince. He was instantly, and irrefutably brought into the kingdom of David, having done nothing himself but accept it.

I am Mephibosheth.

We are the same. Because of the covenant that Jesus forged between Man and God, being both Man and God, honoring and fulfilling the covenant from both sides as Man and God, we – having accepted the Truth and believed – are rewarded accordingly, just like Jonathan’s son.

I am Mephibosheth.

Like him, we sit at the table with God. We are a part of the Body of the very Christ we serve and where He is, there, too, are we. We are in Heavenly places with Him, all because of His Love for us.

We shall never attain the full glory of being God; but, God – because He cannot selfishly keep it all – has given to us a place of honor where we might abide as princes with Him. Praise God that He has seated me at that table with Him! There was nothing I did to deserve it. I have been lame on my feet, yet my God allows me to lean on Him, and He carries me through. It is through grace, by faith, that I am saved, not by works, lest I would boast. I couldn’t do it without Jesus. It is God within me that helps me stand, walk, and Who sits me down with Him.

I am Mephibosheth.

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Son of David

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Son of David

“So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; and enquired not of the Lord: therefore He slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed My people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over My people Israel. Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the Word of the Lord by Samuel.” 1 Chronicles 10:13-11:3

Often times, God allows us to chase after our own thoughts, imaginations, and desires until we come to the point that they fail to live up to our expectations. King Saul herein represents us chasing those worldly things. When he died, God pointed out that he died because of himself and his choices. Saul did not ask God what to do. He chased his own thoughts, imaginations, and desires. He would not accept God’s Way of Salvation and he did not enter into eternal life.

Notice then, that once Saul was gone, and the chasing had ended, God turned Hs people to David. David herein represents Christ. The wonderful thing about this, though, is that we needn’t die as Saul. God allows us to come to the end of our own means long before we come to the end of our lives. When we come to the end of our means, God turns us toward Christ. For a believer, it can be a repentance and a renewing of our faith. When we realize that we have gone the wrong way and come to the end of that path, God remains faithful to remind us of Christ and the Holy Spirit points us back to the Cross.

It is the moment when the nation went to David that we can see ourselves choosing Christ. When we finally got to our end, and there He was, right behind us, we knew it was He Who had been there the entire time. Even through the bad, He was there. Always looking out for us, as we made bad decision after bad decision, it was He Who kept us alive, who kept us from doing permanent harm to ourselves or to others. He was always there. And in the anointing of David as king, we see ourselves choosing Christ as The Lord of our lives. Not long after this, The Lord speaks to the prophet Nathan concerning David something that, while it was fulfilled in Solomon, is prophetically being fulfilled in Christ and confirms what we see with the transfer of kingship from Saul to David.

“And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish His kingdom. He shall build Me an house, and I will stablish His throne for ever. I will be His Father, and He shall be My Son: and I will not take My mercy away from Him, as I took it from him that was before thee: but I will settle Him in Mine house and in My kingdom for ever: and His throne shall be established for evermore.” 1 Chronicles 17:11-14

Jesus Christ is that Son of David. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. God transferred the anointing to David, and brought it through his seed to Christ. Just as the people were turned by the Father to David and they gathered themselves to him, we should recognize God pointing us to Jesus and we should likewise gather ourselves to Him, sit at His feet, and anoint Him with the oil of our lives, surrendering ourselves over to His Will, making Him Lord.

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Our God Reigns

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Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.” Daniel 7:2-3

The dream and visions of Daniel in this chapter are some of the most studied as it regards Bible prophecy, and what is yet to come, used in comparison to what is written in the book of Revelations. While the focus is always on the beasts and the interpretation of the dream regarding kingdoms and such, I found inspiration at the very beginning.

For days, I have read others discussing their own personal trials and tribulations. Universally, the discussion was edifying to all involved, and brought glory to God. The point was always well made that God allows all things, because He knows what we need to be enabled and encouraged to turn to Him and seek His Face. Examples of this very principle were utilized from the New Testament, and occasionally from Old Testament books where God specifically said the He would use heathen kings and nations against Israel for their disobedience to Him. The principle was (and remains) soundly argued through all of those means, but I particularly enjoy seeing the Lord’s holy righteousness and sovereignty displayed by non traditional examples, such as right here.

Regarding this particular passage of scripture, Matthew Henry says in his commentary, “Mighty conquerors are but instruments of God’s vengeance on a guilty world.” We know this is true, so, how can we see it in this scripture?

The four beasts rise up from the great sea. This is the Mediterranean Sea, which tells us the area from which they arises, but it is also representative of the earth created by God, as given in the interpretation. It shows how even these heathen kings were first created by God. They, as men, chose the paths they chose but they were created by God nonetheless, and God knew the paths they would choose, and He uses them to do His will.

We see that God is involved by the means of the winds. In Genesis, we see that it was the Holy Spirit Who moved upon the face of the waters and began all creation. So, we know that the wind represents Him, moving upon the waters. This is reinforced by the sea being used to represent the earth instead of just showing them in the dream arising from the earth.

Since the winds were four, and the beasts were four, we can discern that each beast was stirred up by one each of the winds, meaning one wind per beast. Now, in the interpretation given in scripture, which is to say given by The Lord, each beast represents a separate king and kingdom, one raised up behind another, and therefore, at different (diverse) times. Daniel writes and speaks as though they all rose from the sea at the same time, and then he describes each one in the order in which they would gain dominion. The fact that we know they are in different times, and yet they all seemingly arise from the sea at the same time, show us another principle of God, in that He stands outside of the constraints of time. This further reinforces what Matthew Henry said in that the great kings were God’s instruments, because we can see more of His involvement.

God not only uses these kings, but He restrains them. We know that each kingdom comes to an end, as it is overtaken by the next. Even the fourth, as it gives rise to the antichrist, has an end after the three and a half years of war against the saints. God’s judgment shall sit, and his kingdom removed, given to the saints forevermore. So, if He we see God on both sides of the time constraints upon each of these four kingdoms. He stirred up each king who conquered, allowed by Him, for Israel was under His protection otherwise, and allowed their kingdom’s to arise. He brings and end to each, in turn, keeping them from going too far.

God is the King of kings, ruling over them with total sovereignty. Nothing that happens happens without His consent. We know from the book of Job that Satan must ask God permission to go after His children, and that has never changed. So, like those others who have discussed this time and again, may I reinforce upon each of you, and upon myself, that God knows what we’re going through. He knows all about it. He knows your name because some spirit has come before Him to gain permission to afflict you. He knows all of the details of the affliction, because He has set the boundaries, including the trial’s duration. He, in fact, knows the end already, because He is there. He is, right now, with you as you go through your trial, but He is also, right now, with you at the outcome.

Know that all things are worked for good for those who believe in Him. He knows every trial that will come upon you, as He is there, right now, hearing the request of the spirits who wish to place you in each one. He knows the outcome of those trials, too, being there, right now. We see that the fourth kingdom has yet to come, and we are given the outcome of that, so believe it. He knows.

God is for us, after all, therefore, who could really be against us? Trust in Jesus. Look to the Cross. He’s got this.