The 144,000

Today’s reading is Revelation 14.

In contrast to the monsters of the previous two readings, our Hero stands on the mountain. But as a Lamb. Picture that, a Lamb walking to battle against a dragon and two beasts. However, He does have 144,000 with Him. This is interesting because if we removed the chapter break, we would see this 144,000 right after we hear about those the beasts had sealed with the number 666. If we didn’t have the chapter break, we might remember that the 144,000 are the group of people God had His angels seal showing that He knows exactly who belongs to Him. We spend so much time getting bent out of shape trying to figure out who 666 represents and what kind of seal that is that we miss the obvious. There are two groups of sealed people. Not only does God know who belongs to Him, the dragon knows who belongs to him. God also knows who belongs to the dragon. The question is not whether we are sealed, the question is whose seal do we wear. If we are God’s, He knows. If we are not, He knows. To whom do you belong?

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 15.

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The Groom

Today’s reading is Revelation 5.

Of course, because we know who the groom is, I know we have already met him in chapter 1 as the one walking among the lampstands. However, it is here in today’s reading that we meet Him as the groom, as the hero prince, the one who has paid the bride price with His own blood. We meet the one who is the Lion and the Lamb, who is worthy to open the seals, who is worthy to take the church as His bride because He went to the cross, was slain, then rose again to be seated on His throne. Death cannot stop true love. In fact, it was because of His true love He died, but rose again. This Groom will be victorious. He will win. But it is a dark path between here and His victory. Keep reading and watching. We need to understand His path to victory.

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 6.

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Jesus Has a Job for You

Today’s reading is John 21.

I wish I didn’t know how Peter felt when he went fishing. I wish I didn’t know how Peter felt when Jesus asked him, “Do you love me more than these?” Sadly, I too have denied Jesus. Sadly, it has been more than three times over my years as a Christian. Sometimes, I too have wanted to just go back to the old life and fit back in where I might somehow medicate the guilt and shame. And yet, Jesus wouldn’t leave Peter there. Jesus had called him to a new life, and He wasn’t going to let Peter go that easy. When Jesus first called Peter, it was to be a fisher of men. Now it is to be a feeder of sheep. But the point is, even with all Peter’s flaws, mistakes, failures, and sins, Jesus still had a job for Peter. Take that with you today. Even with all your flaws, mistakes, failures, and sins, Jesus still has a job for you. Hang on to Him, He’ll get you there; just like He did with Peter.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 John 1.

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