Saturday, January 23, 2016

Trustworthy and True - January 23, 2016

Revelation 4:1-3 (New International Reader's Version) 1 After this I looked, and there in front of me was a door standing open in heaven. I heard the voice I had heard before. It sounded like a trumpet. The voice said, "Come up here. I will show you what must happen after this."

2 At once the Holy Spirit took complete control of me. There in front of me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 The One who sat there shone like jewels. Around the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald.

Revelation 22:1-6 (New Living Translation)
1 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. 4 And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

6 Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon.”

In the Book of Revelation, after the messages of Jesus to the churches, John gets very descriptive about his visions of Heaven. We are taken into the very presence of God and the throne room of Heaven, after which we read through a long narrative about what occurs to the earth and mankind. It is interesting reading the visions of future things through the eyes of someone living almost 2000 years ago.

I am very confident that what I read must be accurate, because rarely is a person as detailed about what they are seeing unless they truly witness what they describe. Yet in today's society, what is written in the Bible is rarely taken at face value. I would chose to believe that all that is in the Bible is accurate and infallible given to us by God.

The more you read and study the Bible for yourself, the more you will be able to trust in the literal meaning of what you are reading. God through the Holy Spirit has a way of opening up your mind to understanding, if you have surrendered yourself to Him. You can trust that, “Everything you have heard and seen (read and studied) is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets (and brings understanding to His people), has sent his angel (and inspired authors)to tell his servants what will happen soon.”

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