Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Devil’s Final Destination

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 12-14
Message: The Devil’s Final Destination

Hello My Friend,

I remember watching cartoons and even movies, they would always refer to good being an angel and bad being the devil, if you are good you get to go to heaven with the angels when you die and if you are bad you go to hell with the devil, who is just waiting there to torture you. There is an old, old movie of the Christmas Carol in which Scrooge gets a glimpse of what could happen if he did not change his ways, he is walking through these fiery hallways only to be taken to a room icy cold to be tormented there forever. I bring these up because as much as we would like to believe that God works this way, He does not, and the devil in not in hell, he is walking around the earth, he does not have horns and a tail, and he will be here until first, God casts him into prison for a thousand years, then in the lake of fire, where he will be tormented forever, and all those who are not saved will be also.

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” - Revelation 20:10,13-15.

While salvation has been acquired through the different dispensations of time, they were often told to turn to good works if they want to keep their salvation, but that is not the case today. Salvation is only gotten by the grace of God through our faith and belief in Jesus Christ who’s work on the cross made that possible. As we read through Isaiah we get a glimpse of not only the first coming of Christ, but also of His return, reign as King, of the judgment that will take place during His reign on earth, and ultimately the destruction of the world. Chapter 12 has only six verses, but it is has nothing to do about judgment, only praise for the God, our Saviour.

“And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.” - Isaiah 12:1-4.

“make mention that his name is exalted.” Proclaim Jesus, shout His name, He is our Strength and Song, our Comforter, our Salvation. When once God was angry with us because we were covered in sin, it is now turned away and all our sins forgotten. We, who are saved, born again Christian's do not need to be afraid because we have Jesus, even if He returns right now, we will be safely carried away while all this mess happens. Right now Christian's are being targeted like never before, but we can overcome, and we will overcome because Jesus is with us. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” - Romans 8:34-37.

Now, after some prophecies concerning the Messiah, His kingdom, and judgment, here come the prophecies concerning those nations who turned on Israel, and of their destruction. You see, while God may judge His people first, He saved the most wicked for last. God begins with Babylon, whose hands the people of Judah would be delivered to for a while.

“Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” - Isaiah 13:2-7,11,19.

“for the day of the LORD is at hand;” This goes beyond the destruction of the nation of Babylon, which already happened, this refers to Judgment Day, in which God will destroy the entire earth, Babylon being Rome, which is further talked about in the Book of Revelation. “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” - Revelation 14:8-10.

Someone pointed out to me that Jesus does not know when He is returning, only God does and He will send Him at the appointed time. While in a sense this is true because Jesus did say He judges no one in the flesh and that His Father sent Him (John 8:14-32)), but in the same conversation He also said He and His Father are one. We will never understand how God can be both because our human reasoning to comprehend, this is something that we must believe by faith, He has always been and will always be at the right hand of God, even though He is God, and we will all stand before Him in judgment. We get an interesting insight and revelation about the one who caused the fall of man in the first place, and what He will be accountable for. Old Lucifer himself, once one of God's archangels, arrogant and proud, tried to take the throne from God, got cast out of heaven, and is bound for hell.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:” - Isaiah 14:12-17,24.

“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell,” Perhaps one of the questions everyone who reads and studies the Bible has is why God puts the devil in prison for a thousand years while Jesus reigns at His return then lets him out to create havoc before the final judgment takes place. We can speculate as to why, but for some reason I believe that God will use that time to judge the last few, they will be no evil to corrupt them, no Holy Spirit to guide them, just Jesus to see if they will believe in Him when the devil is not there to influence them. Nevertheless, those who are saved will be safe. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” - I Thessalonians 4:16,17.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” - Isaiah 12:6.

Today's Prayer: Jesus, thank You for choosing to become the payment to redeem me of my sins. I should be in hell for the things I have done, but You took my stripes, bore my pain, so that I do not have to. I now I can never lose my salvation, but never want to be in the mess I was in before I let You be Lord of my life, I know I could fall if I let my flesh do the walking. Lord, lead me and guide me, give me Your power to resist the devil, help me stay in Your Word, and to live it so that I can be armed and prepared for Your return. In Your name Jesus, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Second Coming Of Christ

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 9-11
Message: The Second Coming Of Christ

Hello My Friend,

As the world gets crazier by the day people often wonder what is going on, on the other hand, those who know Christ often wonder when He will return. You see, while there are many signs of His returning, Jesus will not return until the very last soul on the earth to believe in Him is saved. Although we still have some time, it could be in the blink of an eye, so, instead of using this time to gratify our flesh we need to be living in the Holy Spirit because as wicked as things are now, they are going to get a lot worse, and God help us all, the good news is, we have the “Good News”, but it is only a matter of time before it will be too late. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” - II Peter 3:9,10.

If you think that we have been waiting long to for Jesus to return, think Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel who prophesied of His first coming and the second all in the same time frame. Think about Peter, John, and James who saw Jesus and were sure that He would return in their lifetime. It does not matter what age we come from, God has always been a just God, and He will judge those who are living in sin. Again, this is not the world that God is speaking to right now, it is His people. When God gave Isaiah the news that He was sending Jesus to be a judge over His people it was over seven hundred years before He was born in the flesh, and seventy years before Babylon invaded Jerusalem. God does not place judgment right away, He gives ample warning, and now He addresses false prophets as well.

“Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together; The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” - Isaiah 9:11-17.

“and they that are led of them are destroyed.” Wolves in sheep’s clothing, that is what Jesus calls them, they are all the preachers, teachers, and priests, teaching false doctrine, they are not helping anyone by hiding truth or making up their own lies, all they are doing is sending people to hell. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” - Matthews 7:15,16.

You know, not teaching truth and letting them live in sin is no more effective than teaching truth and enforcing harsh restrictions on people. Some churches are so liberal that you cannot even tell it is a church, some are so strict that the doors are closed to anyone who are not mature Christians. Well, God addresses all of these people as well.

“Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory? Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.” - Isaiah 10:1-4,10-12.

“Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners,” You have seen it in the movies, and it happens in real life, an inmate has some kind of power over the rest of the inmates. How humiliating it must be to not only be in prison, but to have some bully dictate your every move, talk about being bondage. People who live in the world, and especially Christians who do, are oblivious to the bondage they are under by their sinful lifestyles. And as for the bullies, God will get them as well. If you are a saved, born again Christian you are free, you are no longer held bondage to sin. Stop living in bondage, stop being bullied by the things that hold you bondage and do not be so restrictive that you become bondage to that, we are told to follow His commands a live, not die.. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” - Galatians 5:1.

God has given the task of Judge to Jesus Christ Himself, the amazing thing is that while Christ is the Son of God, He is also the Son of man, meaning as being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is God, through the seed of David, who is man. Only those who hear His voice will live when He returns to judge the world. This is nothing new, even Adam knew that God would send someone to reconcile mankind so they can live. Now, through Isaiah God foretells the coming of the Messiah, this time He reveals Christ as the one who would return and judge all mankind.

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” - Isaiah 11:1-5,10,11.

“and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,” Jesus will not judge us according to our actions or by what we hear, say, or believe, He is going to judge us by one thing, our righteousness, more importantly His righteousness. All who receive Christ as their Saviour put on His righteousness, that means when we stand before Him He does not see our sin, but His blood, and that it has cleansed us from our sin. “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” - John 12:46-48.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6.

Today's Prayer: Jesus, It still amazes me that You went through so much pain to save me and my simple faith and trust in Your finished work is all I need to live. When I think of the years I was caught up in false religion and where I would be if I died before I knew the truth I cringe. Lord, work in the heart of every unsaved soul and help them understand what You did for them and how important it is to know and walk with You. Give me Your power, use me to be a witness to the lost, and help me to be bold enough to keep speaking the truth. In Your name Jesus. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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