[CF Devotionals] 2013-05-16 - The Earth Will Mourn

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Rev 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

There are days in the future that we look forward to, but I'm not sure this is one of them. We will be following Jesus Christ as he returns to Earth. The people who remain on this planet on which we live will have kicked God out of their lives and cultures. You have heard the rumblings of it - the lies of the enemy. The claims that God is dead, or the need for mankind to have a superior being to explain everything is past. If you hear a lie enough times it can start to sound like the truth. If you hear that 2+2=5 day in and day out does it change the fact that the answer is still four?

On this day the inhabitants of the Earth will know that they have been wrong. Some may bow and beg forgiveness. There is no example of that in the text but it may happen. There is no indication of anyone being pulled out just before the battle at the last minute. The battle that follows will be fought and directed by Jesus. Angels will pour bowls and seals will be broken open that inflict war, famine, death and more. One seal those who have been martyred for Christ will be consoled until the last few of their brothers and sisters are killed for the cause of the Gospel of Christ.

We may watch and cheer, but we may also weep as the humanity fights a hopeless battle in a final struggle. That struggle is as unavoidable as the outcome.

This should encourage us to live for Christ more every day. Be ready and able to share our faith with someone when called to do so. We should be living lives that bring people to us when they have a crisis in their lives. We need to be building bridges and opening doors while it is still day. All this to turn as many as possible away from this day.

Live for Jesus

I am singing for the deaf man
Who can hear about salvation in my song.
I am singing for the blind man
Who can see the light in me and come along.

Live for Jesus. That's what matters.
And when other houses crumble mine is strong.
Live for Jesus. That's what matters.
That you see the light in me and come along.

Words and Music by Nancy Honeytree
Maranatha Marathon by Honeytree © 1979

What song do our lives sing?

Grace & Peace,

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All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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