The White Horse Rider Returns

Today’s reading is Revelation 19.

Do you remember the rider on the white horse from Revelation 6:1-2? He’s back. And this time, we absolutely know who He is. He’s actually been riding throughout the book, but it is not until this last cycle we see His ultimate victory. He went out conquering and to conquer, but what happened next was shocking. Instead of immediate conquest and ensuing peace, the enemies seemed to be conquering. No doubt, we’ve read the cycle multiple times. We know Jesus always wins no matter how it looks in the moment. However, with each cycle, we got a fuller and deeper picture. Now, he circles back and brings complete closure and demonstrates full victory. He went forth conquering and to conquer, and now we see it truly happening. But not only do we see Him, we see the armies in fine linen, white and pure. Do you remember who was given the white garments in the fifth seal in Revelation 6:11? Those martyrs are part of the conquering army now. God had told them to wait. The waiting is done. Victory has come. In Christ’s kingdom even death doesn’t signal defeat. It is merely a rest stop on the way to victory. Praise the Lord! Over and over and over again, the message is found: Jesus Always Wins!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 20.

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He’s Back

Today’s reading is Revelation 19.

Do you remember the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:1-2? He went out conquering and to conquer, but rather than immediate victory and peace on earth, He was followed by death, famine, turmoil. We learned that there is a long road to victory. HE’S BACK!!! He has traveled the long road. There have been suffering and trial and turmoil in between. But even those who suffered and even died, merely have been brought to victory, following him as the armies of heaven on their own white horses (see the martyrs who were given white robes in Revelation 6:11). The beast and false prophet of the Dragon are conquered and thrown into the eternal fire. The message is clear. There are dark days for those who follow the Hero, riding on His white horse, but we must hang on. Jesus always wins! Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 20.

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In the Footsteps of Jesus

Today’s reading is Revelation 11.

One of the biggest objections to the gospel when it was first preached was folks disbelieving that the Messiah would suffer and die before His coronation. The apostles and early Christians had to walk people through the Old Testament, showing all of God’s anointed ones did that: Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, even Israel as a nation. One of the biggest objections today is disbelieving the followers of Jesus will suffer before our victory. But that is exactly the picture of the two witnesses. They are the friends of Jesus who testify to Him and seemingly they should be unstoppable. Surely they will never suffer. Surely they will never die. And yet, that is exactly what happens. They are killed and their enemies rejoice. But after three and a half days, they are resurrected and taken to glory. Does that remind you of anyone? Of course. It reminds us of Jesus. Let us not be surprised when we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, it is the path the Lord’s anointed have always walked. But it always ends in victory. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 12.

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The Long Road to Victory

Today’s reading is Revelation 6.

Having met the Hero and His Bride, our story now begins in earnest. The Hero is the Groom who has already paid the Bride price with His blood, purchasing her out of the world. However, before the wedding can occur, He must go out and conquer the enemies arrayed against Him and His Bride. As the story begins, we see Him going forth conquering and to conquer. What we expect is one victory after another. Sure, there will be enemies, but what can they do before the one who has already faced death and conquered? You can imagine, of course, that the early Christians felt that way. Yes, there may be enemies against Christ’s church, but there should be nothing but one progressive step forward to victory after another. However, after the Hero goes forth, He is not followed by increasing peace. Rather, He is followed by war, by famine, by death. These impact even His own people who wonder how long it will be before the victory is secure. Be aware, Jesus always wins. However, it is often a long road to victory. Keep reading to learn how this is going to work out, but hang on. It will get dark first, but the light is coming.

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 7.

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Conquerors

Today’s reading is Revelation 3.

Yesterday, we met the embattled bride. Enemies without and intrigue within. The question is: Will the Hero win? Will the hero vanquish the enemy kingdom? Will He defeat the attacking monsters? Will He withstand the immoral woman who would turn His head from the bride? But what about the Bride? His her job just to sit idly by waiting on the Hero to conquer? No. In these two chapters to the seven churches, seven times she is told to conquer. Seven times she is told what she will receive if she steps up to the battle, hangs on, and is victorious. She does not sit idly by. She stands up and fights. Together, the Hero and the Bride will be conquerors and what victory we will have. Keep reading and be amazed at the Conquerors. Hang on! Jesus always wins!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 4.

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More than Conquerors

Today’s reading is Romans 8.

I have found that often, because we spend so much time reacting to false teachers, we lose the comfort passages are intended to give. Yes, it is true that we can abandon the Lord and His love. But do not let this fact cause you to miss the comfort of Paul’s statement: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” No matter what the devils arrays against us, he cannot win if we don’t let him. Take comfort in that. Take comfort in God.

Tomorrow’s reading is Romans 9.

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