The New Testament and Judgement

As the judgement of God came upon the nation of Israel for their persistent apostasy and sin, so it will come upon our world for its godlessness and immorality. In a striking passage Jesus compares “the day when the Son of man is revealed” (i.e. when he returns to the earth), to the judgements of… Read More The New Testament and Judgement

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Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

God’s judgements And I saw another sign in the heaven, great and marvellous: seven messengers having the seven last plagues,1 for the wrath of Elohim was ended in them. Footnote: 1See 21:9. And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and… Read More Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

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Today’s thought “Be astounded and perish” (November 3)

Today’s thought “Be astounded and perish” (November 3) As we proceed in reading the book of Acts we see the challenges Paul and Barnabas faced in spreading the good news about the true God and His son Jesus; we see the kind of opposition they attracted. “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those… Read More Today’s thought “Be astounded and perish” (November 3)

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Today’s thought After the Challenge on Mount Carmel (August 24)

Today’s readings (August 24th).. (1 Kings 19), (Jeremiah 45,46), (1 Corinthians 4,5) Elijah showed he was a man of great faith when he challenged the wicked king Ahab on Mount Carmel, fire miraculously burnt up his offering and 450 prophets of Baal were killed. Then three and a half years of drought came dramatically to… Read More Today’s thought After the Challenge on Mount Carmel (August 24)

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Today’s Thought (August 02): God’s mercy upon all

God’s judgements are necessary surgical operations. His mercy is over all His works; and this mercy falls first on Israel. A divine transformation is wrought upon the people whose stony-heartedness has become proverbial, and whose whole history is a testimony of waywardness. The few great and godly men that the nation has produced, among whom… Read More Today’s Thought (August 02): God’s mercy upon all

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Today’s thought “Who has heard such a thing?” (July 10)

Today’s thought “Who has heard such a thing?” (July 10) Isaiah completes his prophecy as a message, not to kings, the high and mighty, but to a particular class of people. “Hear the word of the LORD you who tremble at his word” (66:5). Then comes a strange statement. “Before she was in labour she… Read More Today’s thought “Who has heard such a thing?” (July 10)

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Today’s thought “Do not harm … until” (December 24)

Our readings in the book of Revelation lead to a description of the ultimate climax of human history – we read of visions, largely, but not entirely, in symbol, picturing God’s judgements. It is a time for opening “the book of life” (3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27). The seventh and only other reference to “the… Read More Today’s thought “Do not harm … until” (December 24)

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Today’s thought “What sort of people ought you to be …” (December 15)

As Peter completes his second letter he asks a question “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of the Lord …” (3:11,12). What is to be dissolved? He writes that… Read More Today’s thought “What sort of people ought you to be …” (December 15)

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Today’s thought “Elect exiles of the Dispersion” (December 11)

With our Belgian ecclesia we are like the ancient God’s elect, living as aliens scattered among the unbelievers like the ones who were living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia to whom the apostle Peter wrote. (1 Peter 1:1) We have not many real believers around us. That does… Read More Today’s thought “Elect exiles of the Dispersion” (December 11)

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Today’s thought “Trouble in times of the latter days” (November 3)

Today’s thought “Trouble in times of the latter days” (November 3) On the 1st and 2nd of November people remember their dead. Lots of them do not stand still for the days of the living and do not think of the days to come for the living and the dead. Believing the many theologians and… Read More Today’s thought “Trouble in times of the latter days” (November 3)

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Today’s thought “Lest he come suddenly, and …” (August 18)

Today’s thought “Lest he come suddenly, and …” (August 18) Today we read three thought-provoking chapters – but that is the ‘appeal’ of God’s word – and each year we exercise our minds each day seeking to think through the words we read and gain more understanding – and also take lessons for ourselves from… Read More Today’s thought “Lest he come suddenly, and …” (August 18)

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