Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The angels of heaven are begging the inhabitants of earth to read the book of Revelation (see 1:1-3).
As we come to the end-time, the sounding of "the seventh angel's" trumpet, John the prophet sees "lightnings" and hears "noises ["voices," KJV], and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail"--the most awful spiritual "storm" in earth's 6000 years (11:15-19).
Next he sees the panoramic history of God's true church through the ages, focusing on their final witness of truth to the world (12:1-17).
Then he sees the monstrous deception of a counterfeit "christ" and its imitation gospel that leads "all who dwell on the earth" to worship this power except those "whose names are ... written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (13:1-8). The world is being catalyzed into two camps.
Next the prophet sees a savage burst of persecuting frenzy wherein multitudes who think themselves following that "Lamb" will repeat the essence of His original unjust crucifixion, on His people (13:11-17).
Then the prophet sees the raising up of a group of "144,000" who share a corporate oneness "in Christ" and bring the world to a final up-or-down vote on identifying the true Christ (14:1-15). It will also involve distinguishing the true Holy Spirit from its extremely clever opposite (18:2, 3). We're just about there. Living now is serious business.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: May 16, 2005.
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