Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lent Season Mar 14

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt

Today’s Reading: Revelation 7:1-8

“I saw another angel rise up from the east, 
who had the seal of the living God.” Rev 7:2

Have you ever wondered why so many countries in the world want to destroy Israel? Iran stated that "Israel won't exist in 25 years" because they want to wipe it off the face of the globe. Think about how small the country of Israel is in comparison to other countries. Have you ever thought about the fact that 16 countries will not even allow an Israeli citizen to visit their country? 

Why is there such hatred of the Jews in our world? It is because it is God’s chosen people and Satan wants them destroyed. Ladies, this is spiritual warfare and it is real. You should pay very careful attention to the events happening in our world, especially in the Middle East.  The United States has a very special alliance with Israel and it is urgent that we support the politicians that want this relationship to grow and prosper. God tells us that, 

"I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:3

The passage we read today tells us of four angels that are holding back the winds from the earth. The next thing that happens is 144,000 of God’s chosen Jews are sealed for their remaining time on earth.  We are told that these are “from every tribe of the sons of Israel.” Revelation 7:4-8

Who are the sons of Israel? Back in Genesis there was a man named Abraham. He was the father of many nations. His son was named Isaac.  The sons of Isaac were Esau and Jacob. Jacob’s name was changed, by God, to Israel. He was the father of 12 children which became the twelve tribes of Israel. (Genesis 32:28)

Reflection: Do I understand the importance of the connection between God and the country of Israel? Am I keeping up with current events in the Middle East? Pray for Israel.

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