After these things, I heard what sounded like the roar of a huge crowd in heaven, shouting,
The victory, the glory, the power of our God!
There is no victory, no glory, no reward that at the root of it is not God’s. To Him goes all honor, worship and praise because it was by His hand we are made and by His hand we are delivered from eternal damnation through trust in the sacrifice of Yeshua. It is no wonder that as this revelation of Yochanan closes that all creation shouts the praises of Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, Lord God of Hosts! Lord let take to heart to praise You in all things. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
They will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are called, chosen and faithful will overcome along with him.”
This verse speaks to the last battle between ADONAI and HaSatan and who will win this final conflict. As believers we already know Yeshua conquers but who stands with Him, those who are called, chosen and faithful. There are three stages to our trust that must be completed. All are called but only a few answer, of those that answer only those willing to serve are chosen, and of those only those found to be serving as called will be faithful and thus overcome all the enemy can throw at them. Just as Yeshua described with the parable of the seed, only those who are planted in the good soil, the ones who heeded His call, accepted His choice and were faithful to their duty as believers will overcome. Lord let me do more that just say here I am like Avraham but move with faithfulness as he did to. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say,
“Seal up the things the seven thunders said,
do not write them down!”
Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted his right hand toward heaven and swore by the One who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will be no more delay; on the contrary, in the days of the sound from the seventh angel when he sounds his shofar, the hidden plan of God will be brought to completion, the Good News as he proclaimed it to his servants the prophets.”
There are things of ADONAI that I do not understand and will not understand until the day of His choosing. That is okay, part of trusting in God is that we hold to the fact that even without our foreknowledge of what may happen He will stand in the gap for us as one of His own. There will be a day when I understand all that God has revealed to us and in that moment with that understanding, I will be compelled to worship Him forever. But until that day I will trust that I know how much I don’t know and will worship and pray for deeper and clearer understanding. Lord let me be like Moshe and always seek Your face so that one day too I may be called “a friend of God.” I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
But you have this in your favor: you hate what the Nicolaitans do—I hate it too.
As believers we are to hate sin. In order to do that we must be like the congregation in Ephesus, and not tolerate their presence inside the body. Nicolaitans basically believed that the more they sinned, the more they would be forgiven and the greater their reward would be in heaven, but to believe this way one has to ignore the fact that Yeshua stated over and over again to those who came to trust, “go and sin no more.” So, as believers we cannot tolerate someone who is immersed in sin with no idea of repentance and restitution inside the body. As Sha’ul says we must reject the person and abandon them to their sin and pray the will be convicted and return to God through true trust. Lord keep me from the trap of the Nicolaitans and help me to nail me worldly desires to the stake daily, so I do not bring shame to You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Tehillim (Psalms) 117:1-2
Praise ADONAI, all you nations!
Worship him, all you peoples!
For his grace has overcome us,
and ADONAI’s truth continues forever.
There is nothing that outlast God’s truth for it is from that truth that ADONAI provided a sacrifice that would redeem us back to Him once and for all through Yeshua if we as believers just participate in it with our trust. Once we have tasted and seen how can we do anything but praise and worship Him who it the rock of our salvation? Lord let all glory and praised be Yours forever and ever. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Yochanan Alef (1 John) 2:14
You children, I have written you
because you have known the Father.
You fathers, I have written you
because you have known him who has existed from the beginning.
You young people, I have written you
because you are strong—
the Word of God remains in you,
and you have overcome the Evil One.
As Yochanan writes here it is across the generations that we are to share the love of ADONAI for all who trust in Him. Children who innately know the love of God until the world tries to unteach them, fathers who have struggled through the days yet have learned there is a refining in the struggle to bring them closer to ADONAI and the young men and women who have both the physical strength and spiritual strength of trusting in the Word of God which is Yeshua who will teach the next generation. In Hebrew it’s L’dor V’dor (דור לדור) generation to generation. As believers we must raise up the people younger than us to heed the call of God, just as Matisyahu raised his five sons when all the world around them were trying to remove ADONAI completely from the land and assimilate the nation of Isra’el into a worldly kingdom of sin. Lord let me be as faithful and zealous as the Maccabees and share my love for you will all the generations You allow me to see. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Yochanan (John) 21:25
But there are also many other things Yeshua did; and if they were all to be recorded, I don’t think the whole world could contain the books that would have to be written!
This final statement of Yochanan in his gospel shows just how completely consuming Yeshua is once we as believers accept His sacrifice as our salvation. To try to list all that He has done for His people would be impossible, yet it speaks to His divinity itself in that He cannot by our power be cataloged and tucked away on a shelf. ADONAI has ensured the supernatural nature of our salvation and indwelling in Him is active and alive and new every day like the mana provided to the children of Is’rael during the wandering in the desert. Lord thank You for filling me anew with Your love and understanding. Help me to keep Your Word written on my heart. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Yochanan (John) 17:4
“I glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
I am always drawn to this verse. It Yeshua is our example on how we are to live as believers, or if we really ask ourselves ‘what would Jesus do?’ here is the answer; He glorified ADONAI to everyone on the earth by finishing the work God gave Him to do. How can I as a believer do anything less, yet I as human fail regularly without the help of the Ruach HaKodesh. Lord let me be humble and willing to serve You in all things and finish the work You have gave me to do.
Yochanan (John) 11:41-42
So they removed the stone. Yeshua looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I myself know that you always hear me, but I say this because of the crowd standing around, so that they may believe that you have sent me.”
This was on the occasion when Yeshua called El’azar back form the dead. This prayer wasn’t needed, Yeshua already knew that ADONAI had heard His heart’s desire and El’azar was restored but He prayed out loud so all those around Him could understand who the author of this great miracle was and with that understanding turn back to God with trust. As believers we are called to testify to our salvation, each of us has our own unique story and we must share it and our trust in open prayers to ADONAI so like Yeshua said “that they may believe the You have sent me.” Lord let me confident in my prayers for others like Yeshua, let me be bold in my testimony of Your power in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Yochanan (John) 7:50-53
Nakdimon, the man who had gone to Yeshua before and was one of them, said to them, “Our Torah doesn’t condemn a man—does it? —until after hearing from him and finding out what he’s doing.” They replied, “You aren’t from the Galil too, are you? Study the Tanakh, and see for yourself that no prophet comes from the Galil!” Then they all left, each one to his own home.
This is the problem with religion. It focuses on one part of the word while ignoring the rest of the book. in this case the fact that the Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah, had to come from the line of David and be born in Beit-Lechem. Yet they ignored the prophecy of Yesha’yahu “Land of Z’vulun and land of Naftali, toward the lake, beyond the Yarden, Galil-of-the-Goyim— the people living in darkness have seen a great light; upon those living in the region, in the shadow of death, light has dawned.” (Yesha’yahu 8:23-9:1). The members of the Sanhedrin could not accept that the Mashiach came from a land that had been populated by foreigners since the fall of the Northern Kingdom. God gave us His whole Word to come to know Him but to truly know Him we have to accept the whole Word. We cannot cherry pick what we will believe and what will dismiss the whole Word is for us to measure lives and train our hearts minds and souls, but we must be like the good people of Berea, searching the Word and testing everything that is told to us. Lord let me continue to search Your Word so it becomes the mitzvahs that rule my heart. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.