December 26, 2016

The people of Judah then took Uzziah, who was only 16 years old and made him king...He reigned for 52 years...He behaved well in the eyes of God, following in the footsteps of his father Amaziah.  He was a loyal seeker of God.  He was well trained by his pastor and teacher Zechariah to live in reverent obedience before God, and for as long as Zechariah lived, Uzziah lived a godly life and God prospered him....

But then the strength and success went to his head.  Arrogant and proud, he fell.  One day, contemptuous of God, he walked into The Temple of God like he owned it and took over....The priest Azariah, backed by 80 brave priest of God, tried to prevent him and confronted him...Uzziah lost his temper, angry words were exchanged---and then, even as they quarreled, a skin disease appeared on his forehead....he knew that God then and there had given him the disease.  He had his skin disease for the rest of his life and had to live in quarantine so his son Jotham, who managed the royal palace, took over the government of the country.

Jotham was 25 years old when he became king...in God’s eyes he lived a good life, following the path of his father.  Unlike his father, though, he didn’t desecrate The Temple of God...Jotham’s strength was rooted in his steady and determined life of obedience to God.

Jotham’s son, Ahaz, was 20 years old when he became king and reigned for 16 years.  He didn’t live right in the eyes of God: he wasn’t at all like his ancestor David.  Instead, he followed in the track of Israel, even casting metal figurines for worshiping the pagan Baal gods...God, fed up, handed him over to the king of Aram, who beat him badly and took many prisoners to Damascus...  Arrogant, King Ahaz, acting as if he could do without God’s help, had unleashed an epidemic of depravity.  Judah, brought to its knees by God, was now reduced to begging for a handout....Desperate, Ahaz, ransacked The Temple of God, the royal palace, and every other place he could think of, scraping together everything he could and gave it to the king of Assyria --and got nothing in return, not a bit of help.  But King Ahaz didn’t learn his lesson --at the very time that everyone was turning against him, he continued to be against God.

Revelations 19 -  
I heard a sound like massed choirs in Heaven singing, Hallelujah!  

The salvation and glory and power are God’s-  his judgments true, his judgments just...Then more singing, Hallelujah...The 24 elders and the 4 animals fell to their knees and worshiped God on his Throne, praising, Amen!  Hallelujah!!  From the throne came a shout, a command:  Praise our God, all you his servants, all you who fear him small and great!....Hallelujah!!!

The Angel came to me, “ Write this, ‘Blessed are those invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb,”...I fell at his feet to worship him, but he wouldn’t let me.  “Don’t do that, “ he said, “I am a servant just like you, and like your brothers and sisters who hold to the witness of Jesus.  The witness of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Then I saw Heaven open wide--and oh! a white horse and its Rider.  The Rider, named Faithful and True, judges and makes war in pure righteousness....on his robe and thigh is written, KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS....I saw the Beast...ready to make war against the One on the horse...The Beast was thrown alive into Lake Fire & Brimstone.
The rest were killed by the sword of the One on the horse...