December 20, 2016

2 Chronicles 15-16 - 
Then Azariah, moved by the Spirit of God, went out to meet Asa.  He said, Listen carefully Asa, and listen Judah and Benjamin:  God will stick with you as long as you stick with him.  If you look for him he will let himself be found, but if you leave him he’ll leave you...God let’s himself be found....”  

Asa heard the prophecy of Azariah...took a deep breath, then rolled up his sleeves, and went to work...many from Israel left their homes and joined forces with Asa when they saw that God was on his side.  They all arrived in Jerusalem in the 3rd month of the 15th year of Asa’s reign for a great assembly of worship...then bound themselves in a covenant to seek God, the God of their fathers, wholeheartedly, holding nothing back....

They shouted out their promise to God, a joyful sound accompanied with a blast from trumpets and rams horn.  The whole country felt good about the covenant promise--they had given their promise joyfully from the heart....In his cleanup of the country, Asa went so far as to remove his mother, Queen Maacah, from her throne because she had built a shockingly obscene image of the sex goddess Asherah...he was well-intentioned--his heart was in the right place‘ loyal to God.

But in the 36th year of Asa’s reign, Baasha, king of Israel, attacked...Asa took silver and gold from the treasuries of the Temple of God and the royal palace and sent it to Ben-Hadad, king of Aram in order to form an alliance with him...Just after that, Hanani, the seer came to Asa and said, “Because you went for help to the king of Aram and didn’t ask God for help, you’ve lost a victory over the army of the king of Aram...You were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God’s help.  Now you’re in trouble - one round of war after another.”  At that, Asa lost his temper.  Angry, he put Hanani is the stocks.  At the same time, Asa started abusing some of the people.  

Revelations 14 -  
I saw--it took my breath away!---the Lamb standing on Mt. Zion.  144,000 standing with him...and then I heard music, harp music and the harpists singing a new song before the Throne...

Only the 144,000 could learn to sing the song...where ever the Lamb went, they followed.  They were bought from humankind, first fruits of the harvest for God and the Lamb.  Not a false word in their mouths.  A perfect offering!

I saw another Angel soaring in Middle-Heaven.  He had an eternal message to preach to all who were still on earth...He preached in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him your glory!  His hour of judgment has come!  Worship the Maker of Heaven and earth, salt sea and fresh water!”   A second Angel followed,... then a third Angel followed, shouting, warning....Meanwhile, the saints stand passionately patient, keeping God’s commands, staying faithful to Jesus....

I heard a voice out of Heaven, “Write this: Blessed are those who die in the Master from now on; how blessed to die that way!”  “Yes, “ says the Spirit, “ and blessed rest from their hard, hard work.  None of what they’ve done is wasted; God blesses them for it all in the end.”