Blessed Prophecy

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” —Revelation 1:3

Blessed is he that readeth. God has not only proclaimed His word but He has also preserved His word. The prophets spoke by the Spirit of Jehovah, but they also wrote what the Lord commanded. That God would put His word to writing indicates that, since Adam’s fall, mankind is radically corrupt; totally depraved. Were it merely left to a verbal transmission from generation to generation, it wouldn’t take too long before we had completely lost what God has said. Have you ever played the game that some people call, “telephone”? You read something from a slip of paper and then whisper it into another’s ear; then they whisper it to someone else; and so forth and so on. When you get to the very last person and ask him or her to repeat aloud what they just heard, it invariably has nothing to do with what was written on the piece of paper. Yes, what God proclaimed, He preserved through pen and ink and parchment.

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Day One

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” —Genesis 1:3-5

John the beloved disciple writes in his first general epistle “that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). God is certainly light, meaning that He is all that is holy; all that is bright; all that is illuminating; all that is of the utmost clarity; all that is the pinnacle of wisdom without a breath of folly; all that is the extent of power without a shred of weakness; all that is the supremacy of equity without a shadow of evil; all that is the excellence of goodness without any hesitation or withholding; and all that is the fullness of truth and knowledge without any mixture of error whatsoever. All that we know that is called “light” are those things that can give us a glimpse, and only a glimpse, of the holiness that God has revealed to us about Himself.

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