June 29

After the seventy years of captivity [of Jerusalem] are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation for their sins, declares the Lord.  I will make the country of the Babylonians a wasteland forever.  I will bring upon them all the terrors I have promised in this book…all the penalties prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations.  They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their own hands.  This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from My hand this cup filled to the brim with My anger, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink from it.  When they drink it, they will stagger and go mad out of their minds because of the sword I will send among them.”  All the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other, and all the kingdoms on the face of the Earth.  Every nation on the face of the Earth will have to drink from it.  Last of all, the king of Babylonia will drink from it.  Then the Lord said to me, Now tell them, This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Drink from this cup of My anger.  Get drunk and vomit; fall to rise no more, for I am sending a terrible sword against you.”  And if they refuse to accept the cup, tell them, The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “You have no choice; You shall surely drink from it!”  See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears My Name.  Do you think, then, that I should let you go unpunished?  No, you will be punished; you will not escape disaster!  I am calling down a sword against all the nations of the Earth.  I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!  Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: “The Lord will roar from on high; He will thunder from His holy dwelling and roar mightily against His land.  He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the Earth.  His cry of judgment will reach the ends of the Earth, for the Lord will bring His case against all the nations.  He will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword.”  I, the Lord, have spoken!  This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “Look!  Disaster will fall upon nation after nation!  A great whirlwind of fury is rising from the most distant corners of the Earth!” [Jer 25:12-16, 26-32]

Revelation 7:1-17

After this, the apocalyptic storms raging furiously throughout the heavens and Earth having finally subsided, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the Earth, holding back the four winds of the Earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.  Then I saw another…the Angel of Yahweh…coming up from the east…the Lord Jesus Christ Himself…having with Him the seal of the living God.  He called out in a loud voice filled with majesty and power to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea, commanding them: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal of the living God (an extraordinary impartation of the gifts and powers of the Holy Spirit) on the foreheads of those who have consecrated themselves and remained pure from the adulterous and idolatrous defilements of this generation.  These have thereby especially distinguished themselves as the servants and extraordinary witnesses of our God, and are to be marked with a seal so that they may be readily identifiable by all mankind, and also (miraculously) protected and delivered from the wrath of God yet to come.”  Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: exactly 144,000 Israelites from all the tribes of Israel then living in the period of the judgment, who only then are brought to be confessors and praisers of God, while the most of their kindred continue in unbelief and rebellion:

5From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the Throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes, attired now in the unspotted righteousness and faultless splendor imputed to the saints, and were holding palm branches in their hands as tokens of their inexpressible joy over their deliverance and salvation.  And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God, Who sits on the Throne, 
and to the Lamb!”

11All the angels were standing around the Throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.  They fell down on their faces before the Throne and worshiped God, saying:

“Amen!  Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks 
and honor and power and strength be to our God 
for ever and ever!  Amen!”

13Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes…who are they, and where did they come from?”  14Perplexed, I answered, “Sir, you know.”  And he said, “These are the great harvest of penitent hearts subdued into submission to the Word and Sovereignty of God by the Rider of the white horse…they who have been suffering through and have come out of the great tribulation thus far in progress; though eternity’s higher glories embracing crowns and thrones had passed them by due to their preoccupation with this paltry and perishing world, they have then at last come to their senses and washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.  They have been saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.35  Therefore, ‘They are before the Throne of God and serve Him day and night in His Temple; and He who sits on the Throne will spread His tent over them.  They shall abide forever under the pavilion of God in the very shadow of the Almighty, and they shall be His people, and He will be their God.  Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.  The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.  For the Lamb at the center of the Throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of Living Water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'”

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

 If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:

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