Ash Wednesday Meditation – Next Day…

Posted March 6, 2014 by Jolene Belferman
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Yesterday, March 5th was Ash Wednesday in the Liturgical Calendar of the Anglican Church.

Along with other brothers and sisters participating in the Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes Services, I found myself standing before our Rector as he etched the ashes into my forehead while saying, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”dove-olivebranch

It was a repentance service, but the ashes also served to remind me of my mortality and how much I need God – how much we all need God. And, I was reminded in this very act, I was pressing in and moving forward in faith. I was joining the Apostle Paul and all believers in that great cloud of witnesses who have gone before me.

We press forward that we may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of our own…that we may know him and the power of his resurrection, sharing his sufferings and becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible we may attain the resurrection from the dead. The Apostle Paul continues – that we must press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3)

I love that! There is a goal and there is a prize! Our time on this earth is a time to remember and to keep pressing in. We remember what he has done and we practice those things we remember.

On Ash Wednesday this tradition is about remembering that we serve a Holy God and he has called us to be holy as he is holly. The ashes remind us to lean heavily upon him confessing our sins and repenting afresh to be made new daily. That’s why King David sang, “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me.”

Anglicans base their traditions and much of their liturgy on the Hebrew practice of remembering the goodness of the LORD. Hebrew scriptures continually repeat the remembering of the goodness of the LORD and all he has done for his people. God’s desire has always been to dwell with his people. And it is because of his great mercy and everlasting love that he has made a way for his people to live forever in his presence as a holy people.

Jesus is the way and we remember this especially on Ash Wednesday as we confess our sins. We know that we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Jesus is our righteousness. (I John 2:1)

We have no righteousness of our own. The Ashes remind us of that.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17) NLT

Amen! Let’s press in to this season of Lent. We’re on our way to the Resurrection, but first we must walk the road with Christ to Calvary, remembering that he conquered death and sits at the right hand of the Father having been given all authority!

Amen! He has made a way for us. Let’s remember that and follow him daily pressing in to the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

9 He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.

12 As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.

14 For He Himself knows our frame;

He is mindful that we are but dust.

Psalm 103:8-14

Let There Be Light

Posted February 9, 2014 by Jolene Belferman
Categories: Blessings, Devotions, light, Worship

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bahia-bajaCaSurSince the beginning of time God looked at all He had created and it was good – He said so. God took the void – the nothingness – and He spoke.

With His Word He made everything out of nothing. And He declared it good.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light;” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)

And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:4)

The light was good, and God separated it from the darkness.

Why did God declare the light to be good?

Why didn’t He say that the darkness was good too?

Why did God separate the light from the darkness?

I’ll come back to that in a minute, but first God’s work of creation continues…

And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)

I am reminded…

Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. (Isaiah 64:4, 65:17; I Corinthians 2:9)

And now the questions asked above begin to have some possible answers.

God has prepared many things for those who love Him. And we find them as we search for them in the light. Without light there is no hope of ever finding them. The things God has prepared for us are revealed to us in the light – the light He spoke into being.

In darkness nothing can be seen. If nothing is seen, there is no vision.

Light is good because in the light things are revealed.

Truth is known.

In darkness things are hidden and unknown. That’s why God created a separation between light and darkness.

What is known will naturally be separated from what is not known.

And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (I John 1:5-7)

Light is good because God is light and He is in the light. And, in the light of God’s love we are forever separated from darkness.

Dear brothers and sisters, if we walk for a season in darkness there is no need to despair because God is everywhere – darkness has no power over God.

Remember Psalm 139:10-12 and say a prayer:

…even there [in darkness] your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

Nothing can keep us from the love of God – and by this I mean His love for us – no matter what we are feeling – He loves us and will make a way for us even in the darkest of times.

And so we are called into the light.

He has made a way for us. All we have to do is choose to follow Him into the light.

We walk in the light.

We live in the light.

And ultimately, we become one with the light.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son …(Colossians 1:13)

Thank you Heavenly Father! You are so good to us. This day, today, may we stay close to you through Christ Jesus our Lord, and by your grace may we live in the light and serve you faithfully going in your name to bring many others to the light of life. Amen.

Cloud of Witnesses

Posted February 5, 2014 by Jolene Belferman
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birdsaltonsea-2CLOUD OF WITNESSES

Who is this cloud of witnesses?

A better question would be to what do we witness?

The Book of Hebrews in the Bible, Chapter 12 and verses 1-3 answers both questions.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

We are those who are in danger of growing weary and fainthearted, and yet we run with endurance the race set before us looking to Jesus. We witness what he has done for us in laying down his life on the cross where he died. We witness his life in us today because we believe and therefore witness to his resurrection. Death has no lasting hold on him. In him we are one with him and with the Father and with each other. We have not yet entered our eternal home, so we remember our Lord and we stay close to each other. We give witness and we worship – for us worship is the very breath we breathe as the song goes…it’s true. We witness him today alive within us and we worship him – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Echad – One God.

We are at peace even within the daily battle to remain His and we call to you to join us through His life lived in us.

You may think this life is not for you. Too much has happened in your life to allow for such peace. Wrong! Come to the Father through Jesus today and discover that you are no different than any one of this great cloud of witnesses – you are no different than any one of us. We haven’t done anything to deserve this great gift of becoming the Temple of God. We witness that we are all the same until we come to him. Then! Then, things change! We become a great cloud of witnesses!

We have each been given a gift. It’s not our good works that brought us to Jesus. It was our bad and dirty works – our miserable lives lived without Him! I have two words for you:

SURRENDER – yes, give all to him because he loves you. He has a good plan for your life to give you a future and a hope.

TESHUVA – I don’t speak Hebrew but I love this word because of all it means. It could be summed up this way: RETURN.

Return? You ask.

Never been there – you might say.

Wrong! You are made in the image of God! That’s right! No matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done, what you believe, or what you want to believe – you were created in the image of God. I am part of a great cloud of witnesses that bears witness to that truth.

Let truth bring you to his holy mountain where you become part of a great cloud of witnesses that love him and each other. Return and join us in witnessing to the greatest act of love ever seen in this world.

Return and come…let us worship our God together.

That’s what Cloud of Witnesses is all about…worshiping through the Scriptures and through prayer. As we worship we bear witness. It’s a moment. It’s a life time.

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and blessing!”

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Revelation 5)

Seasons with the LORD – All Good!

Posted August 16, 2012 by Jolene Belferman
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To those of you who are following me at All Excellent Things I want to thank you and let you know that I feel called to enter a period of rest from blogging.

I am sensing that I need to be still before the Lord for a season. I hope this special time of rest will honor my LORD in ways I don’t even understand and that I can hear from Him during this time.

What I am sensing reminds me of Leviticus 25:1-2 The LORD said to Moses at Mount Sinai, ‘Tell the people of Israel this: When you enter the land I will give you, let it have a special time of rest to honor the LORD.’

Thank you for “following” me for this past season. Your comments have blessed me and I trust that you too have been blessed by our Lord as He has given me messages to share with you. He is the Master and I am His messenger. God bless you and let us all stay close to Him and let Him lead us in these days. I pray we keep our eyes on Him. May the Holy Spirit lead us and keep us close through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Thursday Prayers for Israel…

Posted August 2, 2012 by Jolene Belferman
Categories: intercessor, Israel, Jerusalem, Middle East, peace, prayer never ceasing, prince of peace

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Israel

In prayer for Israel this morning I asked God to show me His heart to pray for Israel this day. I remained still before Him waiting for Him to speak to me. His voice is not audible, but visual – at least for me. He usually shows me pictures of scenes that look like movies, or photos, or slides. And then He brings the scriptures to mind that explain the scenes I am seeing. 

This morning after I prayed I saw Jesus walking. He was on his way to Temple. And the scripture for this picture was Isaiah 61 and I heard, “I have come to set the captives free.” 

I knew the picture I was seeing was of Jesus walking to the Temple that day long ago when he stood up in the Temple and read from the scroll of Isaiah 61. 

But like a slide that moves forward to the next scene I then saw Jesus walking and praying as he walked. He was walking the land of Israel and he was interceding for his people. As he walked praying the promises of God’s word, I knew the He was praying from Joshua 1:3 since God brought it to mind immediately as I watched Jesus walking: Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours…  

I was agreeing with Jesus in prayer when I began to feel uncomfortable and I saw the figure of a dog. He too was walking, but it was more of a crouching low to the ground walk like he was trying to sneak up on some prey that he was tracking. I could see Jesus still walking and praying and I could see this dog at the same time. Both actions were happening simultaneously. 

I knew the dog represented some type of evil presence and it disturbed me. 

I was reminded of John 10:12 where the wolf tries to sneak into the flock to “snatch” and “scatter” the sheep. But my peace returned as I was reminded that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. His sheep know his voice and he protects his sheep from the wolves. 

Then the scene changed again and I saw Moses praying, “Lord show me your glory,” and Exodus 33:18 came to mind.

I heard Jesus say to me, “That prayer was answered.” And he took me to the scene of Matthew 17:2-3

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

The Lord gave me understanding that God honored Moses and answered his prayer, but Moses could not have the answer to his prayer until the time was right. The revelation of the glory of God face-to-face can only be seen in Jesus because God the Father is spirit and no person can look upon YHWH and live. 

Then the Lord showed me Moses looking at the Promised Land from a distance not being allowed to enter because the true Promised Land is in Jesus and it was not yet time for Moses to crossover. 

No one knows where Moses is buried. (Deut. 34:6) And now Moses lives forever with Jesus. Moses saw the glory of God in the face of Jesus and he has finally crossed over into the Promised Land.  

All of this was given to me by the Lord as an answer to my prayer, “Lord how should I pray?” And I knew that I was to pray this day according to what He had shown me. 

Let us pray. 

Lord Jesus we pray that you would walk through the land of Israel this day in your intercessors continuing the work of redemption for your people Israel and for the peoples of every tribe, nation and tongue. Walk with and through your intercessors as they too walk claiming every part of the land where their foot treads. You live within your Church and you have given us the same authority to claim the promises of your word for your people. Amen! Have your way O LORD. 

We pray for your ministers of the Gospel – the good news that sets men, women, and children free from their captivity. Walk the land this day as your ministers serve you faithfully and set the captives free this day. Protect your church in Israel this day and use them mightily to speak the truth that the captives might be set free. 

Lord, you are the Shepherd of Israel. Protect your flock from the wolves that are also in the midst of Israel. Open the eyes of your people that they may see that they need you and they need your protection. Turn the hearts of your people to you once again. We thank you for your word that all Israel will be saved. Keep your people from evil and deliver them from the hounds of darkness. The enemy has come against your people like a blood, but you have raised up your standard in Christ Jesus. O LORD open the eyes of your people to see Jesus and be saved. Prince of Peace come to your people and save many this day. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. 

YHWH, stir hearts and minds to seek your glory. Give your people a hunger and a deep desire to see you face-to-face and to know you. Lead them to hunger and thirst after righteousness and let them know their righteousness is but rags. Let them know they need Yeshua to be their righteousness! Use this desire to bring them to Yeshua their Messiah and Redeemer. Let the fear of God fall upon your people moving them to seek your glory as Moses once did. 

Heavenly Father, give many in your church visions of your plans and purposes for Israel so that we will know how to pray in these days. You are new every morning. Let us seek your heart for Israel daily O LORD for I know that when life comes to Israel a great harvest of souls will soon follow. Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus. Amen. 

Say to them, ‘ As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’ (Ezekiel 33:11)

Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,

They shout joyfully together;

For they will see with their own eyes

When the Lord restores Zion. (Isaiah 52:8)

Permission: Thank you Pastor Bob once again for the photo: Courtesy of Let My People Know Ministries.

His Plans, Purposes and Promises

Posted July 26, 2012 by Jolene Belferman
Categories: intercessor, Israel, Jerusalem, Middle East, prayer never ceasing, Religion, Teshuva

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The Garden of Gethsemane

Before we pray I have something to share.

Recently, I was traveling to a meeting regarding an important work in Israel that my friend and I had been invited to attend. My friend said something that I want to address this week in my blog. She said, “I’m not really a very good intercessor for Israel.”

How many times I have had that same thought about myself!

When I heard her statement I knew I should share with her my testimony of how I became an intercessor for Israel. I also want to share that testimony with you – those of you who are following my Thursday Prayers for Israel blog postings. I hope it encourages you in your prayers too!

Seventeen years ago I was not thinking about being an intercessor for Israel or about being an intercessor at all. However, that’s when God decided to reveal to me that He had chosen me to stand in the gap for Israel through prayer.

A Jewish believer and prophetic ministry leader had come to our congregation to pray over our new pastor and to “set” him in to lead us. He didn’t know me or my husband, but as he ministered to our gathering of faithful believers he suddenly stopped his message and looked at me and asked me to come forward.

He pointed to me and asked me to come up front to receive a word he had for me. He saw my husband sitting next to me and asked him to come up and stand beside me. Then he spoke those 10 words that I will never forget, “God has called you to be an intercessor for Israel.”

He laid hands on me and began to pray for me. And then he looked out to the congregation as his hand rested on my shoulders, “This woman has been set aside to pray for Israel. You must support her in your prayers. She needs your prayers and your support. You are called as a congregation to come alongside her.”

And then the prayer was finished and we were instructed to return to our seats. That was it. The installation service continued without another word spoken about the call to intercession for Israel.

I went home that day full of questions and not really understanding what had happened.

That was March and it took me five months to finally begin to understand and respond in obedience. The breakthrough came one day as I was praying in my “upper room” (attic). It was during that prayer time that God spoke to me very clearly. He opened my eyes and taught me two valuable lessons.

Number one – I learned that I was full of unbelief. I lacked faith. God made this clear to me as He called me to repent for unbelief by fasting for three-days. That was July 2nd! That meant no food on July 4th when the whole family would be together eating! And, I was not to mention the fast to them! Actually it was interesting that my family never even noticed that I wasn’t eating. And, praise the Lord I obeyed and kept that fast of repentance! God was leading me.

Lesson number two – I learned that of course I can’t “do it.”

As I cried out to God in my attic confessing that I just didn’t know how to pray for Israel, whimpering, “I can’t Lord. I can’t.” He spoke very clearly, “Are you willing to allow me to do it in you? Are you willing to allow me to use you to pray my prayers in you and through you?”

Immediately I was reminded Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

“Yes Lord,” I very humbly answered on July 2, 1996. “I am willing.”

I wish I could say that my “yes” to God that day solved the whole problem of my inadequacies. However, I have discovered the truth in what the Apostle Paul taught – that in my weakness He is made strong!

Today I continue to press in to seek Him in praying for the salvation of the Jewish people and the nations. I continue my journey of obedience as He teaches me that it is He who will bring to pass His plans and His purposes for Israel.

As I offer up these Thursday prayers for Israel remember that you can join me as His intercessor simply by allowing His word to form the prayers that will come alive within you as you pray them. Our unity in praying His word for Israel, and our humble efforts to stay the course and pray without ceasing, will rise as incense before Him and become a sweet smelling fragrance in His nostrils! He will do it!

Maranatha! Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

Today He has given me the following scriptures to pray for Israel, and the nations. Seek the LORD for His heart as you consider these powerful, prophetic promises from His Word:

The scorched land will become a pool

And the thirsty ground springs of water;

In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,

Grass becomes reeds and rushes.

A highway will be there, a roadway,

And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.

The unclean will not travel on it,

But it will be for him who walks that way,

And fools will not wander on it.

No lion will be there,

Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;

These will not be found there.

But the redeemed will walk there,

And the ransomed of the Lord will return

And come with joyful shouting to Zion,

With everlasting joy upon their heads.

They will find gladness and joy,

And sorrow and sighing will flee away.

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

Amen. Thank you Lord. You are faithful and true. You are longsuffering – the lover of Israel and every nation, tribe and tongue. We praise you and thank you. Blessed be Your name forever and ever, world without end. Amen.

Isaiah 35:7-12

Isaiah 19:23-25

Ephesians 2:14-18

Photo used with permission from Pastor Robert Buck of Let My People Know.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Posted July 19, 2012 by Jolene Belferman
Categories: Blessings, Israel, Jerusalem, Joy, life, light, Middle East, peace, Religion, Teshuva

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Glorious Day

This morning as I was praying for Israel I remembered Psalm 122 and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Then I asked the Lord to show me what that peace looked like and He reminded me that He gave the vision to John and John’s vision is recorded in the Book of Revelation. So today as we pray for Israel, let us remember God’s promises for Israel and pray according to the vision of the New Jerusalem. Let us pray that vision as a blessing for Israel and all the inhabitants of Israel and specifically for the Jewish men, women and children that God has not abandoned. We send you Israel the word of blessings this day in the name of The One Echad.

Dearly Beloved, Israel, just as the Church, must come through the fire of these days. But Jesus stands with us in that fiery furnace – He is that fourth figure seen in the vision of the fire. But He is not consumed and neither shall Israel be consumed, and neither shall the Church be consumed!

All the evil that now comes against us will be consumed in the blaze, but Israel and all the remnant of Israel shall live and not die! And at last Israel and the Church shall be one through Christ. And the Word of our God – the Holy One of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Yahweh – His Word will at last be a reality that we all know and live by and the New Jerusalem, filled with the peace that passes all understanding, that holy city will at last be the destination of nations to come and worship Yahweh!

Let us catch the vision of the peace of Jerusalem today as we pray for Israel to be a light to the nations according to God’s wonderful plan that will bring blessings to all nations. Amen.

Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

I was glad when they said to me,

Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Our feet are standing

Within your gates, O Jerusalem,

Jerusalem, that is built

As a city that is compact together;

To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—

An ordinance for Israel—

To give thanks to the name of the Lord.

For there thrones were set for judgment,

The thrones of the house of David.

 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

May they prosper who love you.

May peace be within your walls,

And prosperity within your palaces.”

For the sake of my brothers and my friends,

I will now say, “ May peace be within you.”

For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,

I will seek your good. (Psalm 122)

 

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

(Revelation 21:10-27, 22:1-5)

And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

(Revelation 22:7, 12-17, 20)

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

May they prosper who love you.

May peace be within your walls,

And prosperity within your palaces.”

Maranatha. Amen!

Permission to use photo is granted by Doug Sellers, photographer and video artist

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