Revelation 19:11-16 (NIV) — “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh, He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.
In general when you hear “Advent,” it’s associated with the Christmas season and the First Advent, which is recorded for us in Luke 2:1-20. I share only a small portion, verses 8-14:
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, I bring to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’”
The current status of the church would be humorous if it wasn’t so serious. When the Gospels are read, or even the Bible as a whole, with the history, its priests, prophets and prophecies of a Messiah.
The Scripture that hangs on the edge of my mind’s calendar is Luke 12:56 (NIV) — “Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?”
As a believer, followers of Christ Jesus the Anointed One, remember your part. We were all given the Great Commission found in the 28th chapter of Matthew.
For your consideration, allow me to share the Scripture passage from 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NIV) — “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
Hahaha, did you catch how verse five started? “But you.”
Perhaps you are uncertain as to what your ministry is as believers, followers of Christ Jesus, is.
The Apostle Paul wrote it out for us in 2 Corinthians 5. I’ll just share a small portion of that passage — verses 18-20.
“All of this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We therefore are Christ’s Ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf; be reconciled to God.”
Very few of us like to be disciplined by others.
What I know, what I’ve learned for myself, is, “Discipline yourself so others don’t have to.”
Oftentimes the word “discipline” is portrayed in a negative light. But it’s a fairly simple thing to gauge; simply look at the lives of those who portray disciplined lives to an undisciplined life.
Perhaps by simply looking at the events and mistakes related to the First Advent to us now on the threshold of the Second Advent, we could avoid those same mistakes in misjudging time and events.
Proverbs 9:10 — “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
It is my understanding that He came as a Sacrificial Lamb. He returns as the Lion of Judah.