Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lent Season Mar 21

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The Two Witnesses: Message of Hope
Today's Reading: Revelation 11:1-14 

 "I will empower My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 
1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth." Revelation 11:3

Let's first consider the amazing love and mercy that God is expressing by sending two more witnesses to the Earth to warn people of the coming wrath and final judgment. Think of it, even at this horrific time God is offering a message of HOPE!

Over and over in Scripture we find God warning mankind about the consequences of sin, as well as the solution to their problem. (16 Old Testament Prophets have their own books, John the Baptist made the way for Jesus Christ, the Apostles and Paul preach the Good News and all of God's messengers that we have today - we are without excuse!)

Whether we realize it or not, we are enemies of God until we are saved and become children of God.  We may look at serial killers as truly horrible human beings but God sees all unsaved people the same, as enemies of His Kingdom:

"For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!" Romans 5:10 
Many people know about God and feel they are right with God by doing good deeds, however, we can never be good enough to save ourselves. We need a savior, and the only one who will save is Jesus Christ.

God doesn't simply send the Two Witnesses for one moment in time, He sends them for 1,260 days or 3 1/2 years!  They will be given such great power that we can assume everyone on Earth will know them and their message.  We do read that the majority of mankind rejects them and has a great celebration when they are killed by the beast (Rev 11:10). However, they surprise everyone when God resurrects them and calls them home to Heaven. (At which point many finally turn to God)

Reflection: Consider how important the message of sin and salvation is to our Lord. How important is it to me? Does it give me hope?

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