If You Have an Ear, Use It

Today’s reading is Revelation 3.

As Jesus calls to the Bride in these letters to the churches, He repeatedly says, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Basically, this means, “Listen Up!” This concept goes all the way back to the Psalms and the Prophets. God had explained that idols had ears that don’t hear and eyes that don’t see, and those who trust in them become like them (Psalm 115; 135). Of course, the main problem is the metaphorically deaf and blind rarely realize how deaf and blind they are. That is why we need to keep reading and keep praying. Because God is the one who gives eyes to see and ears to hear. If we want to see and hear, we need to be filling our hearts with God’s Word and seeking from Him the ears to hear. And as He grants them to us, we need to use them. Otherwise, we will lose them. Don’t miss this repeated admonition at the beginning of this book. We’ve got ears, we need to use them as we read. Don’t miss what the Spirit is revealing even to us today through Revelation. Only by listening will be prepared as the Bride for the Hero to stand at our door, knock, and come in and have the wedding feast with us.

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 4.

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He Is Coming

Today’s reading is Revelation 22.

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

I know this will sound shocking, but I do not believe this statement is limited to what we commonly call the “second coming.” Jesus is not saying, “At the end of time, I’ll come and bring judgment on everyone.” He is telling the original readers of Revelation, He will come in judgment on Rome (possibly Jerusalem) and it will be soon (for them). The message for us is not: at the end of time Jesus will come and bring final judgment on everyone, so get ready. The message for us is: no matter who our enemy is, no matter how strong a front they put up, no matter how much success they seem to have in the fight, no matter how bad it looks for our side, Jesus is coming in judgment on them and they don’t stand a chance. Sure, at this point, the next judgment may be the final one on all the world. But then again, it may just be a temporal judgment on Washington and the Unites States of America, or a temporal judgment on Mecca, or even just a temporal judgment on your co-worker who mocks you for your faith and your spouse who denies your faith and mistreats you. John’s point to us is whatever our enemy does, hang on. Jesus will judge. He will win. Don’t abandon Him. Don’t quit. Don’t concede. He is coming, Jesus will judge our enemies, and Jesus Always Wins! Praise the Lord!!!

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 1.

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