The Great Whore of Babylon pt 3

It is time to wake-up not from sleep but from being transfixed by the prostitute!

“When I saw her, I was greatly astonished” Revelation 17 v6 (NIV)

When I saw her, I marvelled greatly. (ESV)

When I saw her, I wondered in amazement. (Amp)

When I saw her, I wondered greatly. (NASB)

Why? That was the question the angel asked John as he became transfixed on the woman.

John looks and sees this impressive woman and wonders on her wealth, power and influence of this Mother of whores and abominations of the earth.

I find that encouraging, don’t you? Just for a moment, until the angel brought John to his senses, he was in danger of losing perspective.

Don’t let those who flutter their eyes deceive you into their schemes. Keep the why question before you.  Do not be flattered into deceptive ways. John stared and admired for a moment until the angel snapped him out of it.

She must have been an unbelievable sight to entice John. How long are our own moments? The power of this world entices you and me slowly and subtly to be transfixed on these cravings. We do not understand at the time that this attraction is an enemy of God. We need a wake-up call. The WHY is still before us: WHY are you marvelling at what is deceptive?

The Great Whore of Babylon, part 2

She looks beautiful but she isn’t. Not all that glitters is gold.

She is counterfeit

She is not the bride (the Church). The bride gives but she takes.

She is Babylon, the city of the world. But it is not Jerusalem, the city of God.

She sits by many waters (v1) reigning over “peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” (v15) In contrast to what John has seen in heaven of “every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (7:9)

She sits on the beast who empowers her (v3), the 2nd member of the evil trinity comprising of Satan the dragon and the 3rd beast of the earth who is the false prophet. This 2nd member is the political and economic power of the world.

The mother

Her name is the mother of prostitutes, (v5). There is more to come. Under Nero there were many martyrs, less under Domitian. However in the years to come up to 2022 there have been colossal numbers of martyrs of whom she drank their blood. According to Open Doors 16 Christians are murdered every day now. This is not about AD 90 only. This is timeless. This is every generation. She is a spirit of the world throughout time. She lives today. She whores herself today. We see her every day. She impacts every generation in every culture. She is Babylon which originated as far back as the time of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11) with the mantra, “let us build a life without God.”

The weakness

She appears strong. She belongs to 7 heads, 7 hills, 7 kings, 10 horns and 10 kings. Seven and ten are numbers of completeness and of power. But not all that looks powerful is.

In AD 410 Rome fell to the Goths in one week! Superpowers do fall and they fall quickly. Economies crash in a heartbeat. This whore will fall and the trinity with it. They will rise in battle against the Lamb but in one hour they will crash down, v12.

So …!

Don’t be fooled, keep your eyes open, don’t be deceived, don’t let the whore have you.

Keep your prayers for the martyrs today and all who suffer for Jesus. Live for Christ as the other parts of the family do.

Don’t be afraid. Whatever comes against you today that intimidates you will fall. No weapon forged against you will prevail. The whore and the evil trinity will fall. Power belongs to the Lamb.

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

babylon the great

the mother of prostitutes

and of the abominations of the earth.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17 v 3-18)

The Great Whore of Babylon

I’ve been looking forward to this title! At the same time realising we enter into two of the most sobering and shocking chapters in the whole of the Bible. Roll on chapter 20!

All around us, every single day, in most advertisements and most vocabulary comes a spirit which is alien to ours who have been redeemed and are walking as disciples. It offers fulfilment, hope, satisfaction and what we all deserve. The world has a formation that is opposite to ours. It creeps near to us, sometimes we can feel the shadow hovering over us, trying to lull us into false security, to believe things and say things that is opposed to our decision to follow Jesus. The aim is to gain followers. Everyone is a disciple either of Him or her. We all make disciples either of Him or her.

Let us read a couple of verses:

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” (Revelation 17 v 1-2)

We are heading to a wedding, a perfect one, in a perfect garden within a perfect city between the perfect Jesus the Lamb and the perfected Church the Bride.

Before we get there we have another metaphor.

A rich, great prostitute who on the outside looks beautiful but on the inside we will see is filled with words that I cannot type here.

She is Babylon in a nutshell. She is not a person, nor a place but the spirit of the world which offers everything, but gives nothing and take it all.

The quick promise of success, from dream to destiny with no sacrifice and hardly any work. This is easy. The cost? Your very soul. However the prize is so attractive that the world pushes, chases and clamours to be the best, the one with the most, the first, treading over one another, using and abusing to get to the top so that they can drink from her cup.

Who is behind this woman? It is the beast from the sea, we have met him before, the one who deceives the world to drink from her cup.

Well, not everyone, for the Jesus people drink from the cup of Christ, they are people of the cross and she is drunk on their blood as they suffer and are martyred.

Resist her and you die for Him. Die for Him and you find life. Choose her and you experience true death.

As a disciple who are you following today?

The bowls – part 2

The bowls which contain the prayers from God’s people are now being poured out onto the world in judgment. Here’s part 2 of some thoughts this morning:

  1. The judgments of God were never intended for humanity but for Satan and his demons. But those who take on the nature of Satan and build their lives around him they will receive what he gets also. Why would people do this?
  2. Revelation is a vision of suffering either for the faith or from judgment but the latter is fair, it is just, it is the right thing, v7. But not everyone who is dying does so crying out for salvation. You can die and curse God whilst it happens. Why would anyone not cry out to God at those times?
  3. The battle for truth intensifies as the world gets older. We know out of the mouth of Jesus Christ comes the sword of the Spirit, He is the way, the truth and the life. Equally out of the mouth of the dragon come lies, he is the father of lies. In a parody of the trinity, evil spirits looking like frogs come out of the mouths of the dragon and the 2 beasts as propaganda to deceive people to not repent. Why do we build our lives around lies and deceptive news?
  4. It all seems to be heading to Armageddon (literally Hamageddon). This again is a symbolic place though Mount Megiddo (not really a mountain) was the place for many battles in the Old Testament. So the story is not heading necessarily to a place but to an event. The enemy thinks it will be for a battle against God. But we have read the end of the vision many times and actually there is never a battle of Armageddon. Why?
  5. “It is done!” John has already written “It is finished!” in 15:1. Of course our minds go to his gospel in John 19:30 “It is finished!” When God calls time, it is over. What is over? Ultimately sin is dealt with and sinners can now find God. Secondly, the last resistance of the Anti-Christ spirit of the world known as Babylon the Great before Christ comes is ended. Why would God ever have to enter a battle when He completed everything through Jesus Christ? He doesnt and He won’t.

“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.

The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,
    you who are and who were;
for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,
    and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

And I heard the altar respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty,
    true and just are your judgments.”

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds,[a] fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

The bowls – part 1

Many have tried to interpret the bowls not only linking them to the plagues of Egypt (and we can see the correlation) but to modern day events (this is very blurry at times!). Again we remind ourselves this is not a timeline, it is all happening at once. So what do we make of this?

We have seen in this vision that suffering can be a test of faith and now we see also that suffering can be judgment from God.

The reading is at the end. Here are some thoughts to ponder:

  1. The earth, sea, rivers and sun can be seen as elements of the created order who pass their judgment on ‘us’ who have not taken care of and have in fact destroyed creation by the way we live our lives. These judgments are for those who judge, condemn and destroy others.
  2. The acts within history are not detached from God. He is involved. What was happening behind the pandemic? Look at the wars and the invasions. Look at our world right now. Can we see the judgment of God through creation?
  3. God continues to step into His world for the reason to bring ‘us’ back to Him. Through it all we see that ‘we’ didn’t repent even though opportunity was given. God is trying to get the world’s attention.
  4. God didn’t choose the judgment ‘we’ did. So those who shed the blood of the martyrs will receive the judgment of blood, v6.
  5. Even the Church can fall asleep in the midst of horror, v15. We can so easily leave the end times to the end time that we ignore what is actually happening and we fall asleep to it. Are we living ready? Are we watching? Do we carry the return of Christ in our vocabulary? Does it impact our decisions? Do we look to the sky? Are we so concerned with our lives that we have forgotten it will soon be over?

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died. The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were; for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. 10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. 12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” 16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. 17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds,[a] fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. (Revelation 16: 1-21)

The Power of Prayer to change history

Prayer is not only for you. This morning as you pray for this and that, you go through your list, remember what is happening is far more than your own small world. Your cries, tears for God to do something rises to a heavenly temple where they become very active. This is what we have already seen and now we see again confirmation of this.

“After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law—and it was opened. Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.” (Revelation 15 v 5-8)

These are not yet another set of judgments on a timeline but the same ones that John has seen before but from a different viewpoint. The 7 seals (6-8 were from the viewpoint of the suffering church); the 7 trumpets (8-11 from the viewpoint of the world) and now the 7 bowls are from the viewpoint of the heavenly Temple. We will read how they fall upon the same places: the earth, sea, rivers, sun, evil and the river Euphrates. The seventh is always the finale, the end, the coming of Christ.

The significance of the 7 bowls are that just like the seals (5:1-2) and the trumpets (8:2) they start from heaven’s temple. From what John describes as the tabernacle of the covenant law, the place of the stone tablets with the 10 commandments indicating the place of God’s creative order for His world, to live good lives in a place of evil. The tabernacle was also the place for the outpouring of the glory of God and John sees the heavenly smoke declaring just that. The angels look like priests of the temple and it indicates that the bowls of judgment are not from an explosion of temper but rather that of holiness, priestly, pure judgment.

But here is the point: the bowls. These bowls were filled with the prayers of God’s people (5:8) and are now filled with God’s judgment (15:7) throughout history as He has moved upon His world trying to bring us back to Him. This is the important link.

God is seeking intercessors throughout the generations to move forward His plans and purpose for the world. We need to keep on praying, longing for moves of God, for Him to come upon this earth, to fill the earth with His glory, come Lord come! That has been the prayer since Jesus left us throughout history. Perhaps we have had the 6th seal, the 6th trumpet and the 6th bowl already, perhaps we are just waiting for the number 7, maybe we are that close?! Just one final move of prayer from the intercessors could see what we have all been preaching and longing for: Jesus Christ!

Sunday small thought: We haven’t done anything, He has done it all!

According to social media and to the endless promotional material that falls into our junk mail we have accomplished a lot!

But for those who sing the song of Moses and the Lamb they know who really has done the work and it was not them:

“Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.  Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15 v 3-4)

Let’s worship Him who has done it all!

What God does is right, every time!

When we cross into the eternal place I am quite sure we will find out we got a lot wrong regarding our deductions of how God thinks and His ways.

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11 v 33)

How often are we worshipping what we have deducted and reduced in size to our understanding, thanking God for the detailed strategic plan that we have understood. Compared to worshipping Him for who He is because we cannot understand what He has done. The song of Moses and the Lamb says:

“Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations” (Revelation 15 v 3)

Let’s keep to the ways of the Lord even if they are beyond understanding. Let’s keep to the ways of the Lord even when we are under severe trial and temptation. Let’s keep to the ways of the Lord even when we feel justified not to for the enemy of our soul does not only move with force and violence.

Be careful of gentle alluring words and the visuals of beauty set before you.

Watch out for the empty promises of no harm shall befall you, take it and see.

Be attentive to the friendliness and understanding of your situation.

For ways, steps, paths and roads are more important than we think. We are lulled into false security that these are not destinations but that is where we end up quicker than we could ever have imagined. Where do you not want to live? There is a way to get there.

Many have their eyes solely on the destination that they miss the importance of the journey.

Be careful who you have signed up to walk with.

Better to walk alone than with a manipulative deceitful friend.

Walk in just and true ways for hat God does is right every time.

The King of the World Cup 2022

Sing we the King who is coming to reign,
Glory to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain;
Righteousness, peace then His empire shall bring,
Joy to the nations when Jesus is King.
 Come let us sing: Praise to our King,
Jesus our King, Jesus our King:
This is our song, who to Jesus belong:
  Glory to Jesus, to Jesus our King.

No. It isn’t a World Cup song. It was written by Charles Silvester Horne (1865–1914). I didn’t even realise that at every World Cup there is an album of songs produced with singers and musicians from across the globe. How did I not know this important fact?!

Here is the end-time song about Jesus our King:

“They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15 v 2-4)

He is the King of the nations and all nations will be worshipping Jesus in the end!

England beat Iran 6-2 this week and in a few hours we will see how Wales do? But one thing we know is that the King of the nations is defeating the beasts of Iran every single day. It is true that Christians face arrest and many Pastors have been sent to prison as their house churches are raided. However the King is doing something quite remarkable. Clergy and Church buildings may be missing but disciples are being miraculously birthed and hidden house churches are commencing with numbers often not more than 4 or 5 disciples. Open Doors estimated there were 370,000 disciples in 2013 and in 2022 there are estimates of at least 1 million. https://www.newsweek.com/irans-christian-boom-opinion-1603388

The Iranian nation will come and worship before Jesus the King.

Saudi Arabia surprisingly defeated Argentina a few days ago 2-1. It may look on the surface that Christians are being defeated and Muslim converts do face the death penalty. However the King of the nations is defeating the beasts of Saudi Arabia every single day. Here is one story: “”Born to a Saudi family, in Saudi Arabia, and living very close to Mecca, I grew up with strict principals and traditions of Islam and the Arab culture. As a teenager I went to the mosque five times a day in obedience to my parents. One night, while I was asleep, I had this horrible dream of me being taken into hell. And what I saw there brought me real fear and these dreams kept coming to me almost every night. At this point I was really wondering as to why I should be seeing hell in this manner. Suddenly one day, Jesus appeared to me and said, “Son, I am the way, the truth and the life. And if you would give your life to Me, and follow Me, I would save you from the hell that you have seen.”

This came as a surprise to me, for I did not know who this Jesus was. Of course, He is mentioned in the Koran in the book Surah Mariam. He is stated as one of our prophets, but not as a Saviour who could save us from hell. So I started looking out for a Christian who could give me some advice about this Jesus I have seen and possibly get one of the Christian Holy Books, which I now know is the Bible. But it was a difficult task for me to get any Christian to speak to me about Jesus. As you would know, Christianity is totally banned in Saudi Arabia and if a Christian is caught witnessing to a Muslim, he could be almost sure that he would be beheaded.

Then the Lord led me to an Egyptian Christian who was sick. I prayed for this man’s healing and this man gave me a Bible. Then I, by myself, started reading the Bible. By this time Jesus had become a close friend to me. Soon I started witnessing about the experience I had with all my family relations and friends. Soon the authorities were informed that I had converted to Christianity, and I believe this was done by one of my family members. As it states in the Koran, if someone would turn away from Islam, he is a traitor to the faith and he should be executed. So I was taken into custody and tortured. They told me that I would be beheaded if I would not turn back to Islam. But I had already made my decision that I would never turn back. So I told the authorities I’m willing to die for Jesus and that I would never come back to Islam. After much torture and imprisonment, I was sentenced to be beheaded. They gave me a date and a time and I told them, “You go ahead and execute me. I’m going to heaven to see Jesus. But I pray that what you would do to me would stay in your minds and not give you rest until you come to Jesus.”

The appointed day and time came for my execution, and I was waiting with much anticipation, yet very much strong in my faith in Jesus. Generally the executions are carried out on the set time and date. But to my amazement, no one turned up. One hour lapsed, two hours went by, then it became three hours, and then the day passed by. And no one turned up. Then two days later, the authorities turned up and opened the doors and told me, “You demon! Get out from this place!” I also noticed that the main person who was determined to get me beheaded was not present when they came to release me. I asked them where this guy was. And with much hesitation they replied that his son had died on the same day they planned to execute me. Although I continue to go through much persecution, one thing I know is that the Lord’s hand is upon me.

A Brother from Saudi Arabia.

https://www.answering-islam.org/Testimonies/saudi.html

The Saudi Arabian nation will come and worship before Jesus the King.

Qatar are the hosts of the World Cup and are doing all they can with their Islamic evangelism. There have been videos posted online of up to a 1000 fans converting to Islam during the competition already however these have been fact-checked and proven to be from the years 2016 and 2018. They don’t seem to be very good at football and though it looks like they have stopped the spread of Christianity by not having any churches they are not very good at their gospel prevention either!

“Pastor Samuel is a migrant worker in Qatar. He can worship as a Christian – but his underground work is forbidden: telling Qataris about Jesus.

Pastor Samuel also secretly encourages other foreign Christians to share the gospel. One evening, one of the seven men he’s discipling says that he is fearful of doing so – understandably. Pastor Samuel responds: “Fear is always reminding me of the strength there is in the Word of God. Real courage is to totally depend on Him.”

Pastor Samuel recognises that Christians can have a hard time witnessing in Qatar. “In this Muslim country, we are limited in evangelising too openly. But nobody can stop us from talking to our fellow workers and witnessing to them in our everyday lives. Every day God gives us opportunities to show His love to others.

“Many of those we’ve encountered in Qatar testified that they came to the country for the opportunity to earn more, but God had a greater plan. They encountered the King of kings and the Lord of the lords, who does not only provide them with a ‘better life’ but with life everlasting.”

https://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/world-watch-list/qatar/

Qatar will come and worship before Jesus the King for Jesus is the King of the World not only the World Cup!

He has done it before and He will do it again

The most covered song of all time is ‘Yesterday’ by the Beatles. There’s a little important fact for you this morning!

Here’s another covered song. The song of Moses (Exodus 15) which told of how God brought them through the Red Sea and destroyed their enemies has been sung again with a major remix, the song of the Lamb, with its new exodus and rescuing the people of God onto the sea of glass. Here is that song:

“They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.” (Revelation 15 v 3)

He has done it before and He will do it again!

In 1871 Queen Victoria opened one of our nation’s most exquisite and treasured of buildings, The Royal Albert Hall. Around the outside frieze, there is a message:

 Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory be to God on high and on Earth peace.

To the 98 Christians held by the Eritrean authorities since September … Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty https://releaseinternational.org/eritrea-another-100-christians-detained/

To the thousands of displaced Nigerians of the North-East, the many martyrs and thousands of hurting through terrible violence … Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty https://releaseinternational.org/thousands-of-nigerian-christians-displaced-as-attacks-continue/

To the Churches in China who are being closed because they won’t join the government controlled ‘Three-Self Church’ … Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty https://releaseinternational.org/china-liquidates-church-as-crackdown-continues/

To the many missionaries facing persecution, ill-health, financial difficulty…

To the many, the silent, the unknowns…

To the daughter-in-law of one of my Pastors who is pregnant and facing cancer treatment today.

To one of my Pastors who this morning wakes up in a living hell.

TO YOU

Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty

Right now, all over the world, in the forgotten place, in the unspoken place and in the famous place. Here, now, with you and to all who can sing the best remix that has ever been sung. He has done it before and He will do it again!

Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.