Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Revelation 1, 2, 3, 4
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, December 27, 2018
I am approaching this time through Revelation differently than the first time through, earlier this year, starting August 27. CLICK HERE to see my more in-depth look at Revelation.
Revelation 1:1 “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
17 “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”
Revelation 2 (and 3) words to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
14 “Nevertheless, I have a few things against you:”
Revelation 3:1 “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive…
…but you are dead.”
Revelation 4 a glimpse into heaven…
2 “At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.”
I’m pretty sure that God could point out all of my good attributes…
… And I’m pretty sure he would have a few things against me… (Not an excuse, just a reality…)
Each of the churches had their good points… and they all fell short, too.
I love that Revelation gives us a glimpse into Heaven… All the sights and sounds… the creatures and elders crying out,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
What a SCENE!
Thank You for this glimpse into Heaven!