Revelation 20:10 The Devil, And Those Who Follow Him

Revelation 20:10 (KJV)
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

I have a few observations concerning the devil and those who follow him. 

There is a literal devil
He is not merely the spirit of evil. He is an evil being. 

Those who follow him have been deceived 
This in no way changes their judgment. They have had opportunities to be rescued. 

He is judged as summarily as his followers
It isn’t a challenge in any way, for God to judge him and cast him to torment. His judgment will be as long, as terrible, and as final as is any of his followers. 

He is no match against Almighty God 
He was foolish to think he could be. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Revelation 20:10 The Devil, And Those Who Follow Him

Deuteronomy 22:2 Help A Brother Out

Deuteronomy 22:2 (KJV)
And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.

The scriptures are clear and, I think, practical. Followers of the Lord ought to be helpful one of another. That “finders’ keepers” mentality isn’t supposed to belong in us. 

  • We must resist it, choose to be helpful.
  • We must choose to have the time. 
  • We must choose to care one of another. 

I notice first that it concerns more than cattle or sheep 
It can be any sort of animal. It can be any sort of personal property. 

I notice secondly that it concerns any brother 
It matters not if he happens to be close to you or a brother less familiar. The goal is always to be helpful, to restore, to be neighborly. 

I notice it concerns matters other than if a thing is lost 
If our brother or neighbor is in any sort of need the intent is that we go out of our way to help a brother out. 

Churches, God’s perfect place to perfect God’s people, would be even more perfect if we sincerely practiced this principle.

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Deuteronomy 22:2 Help A Brother Out

Revelation 18:17 Just One Hour

Revelation 18:17 (KJV)
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

Behold the frailty of human production. All that man has and can accomplish, brought to naught in just one hour. 

  • All the wealth men amass
  • All the buildings men construct
  • All the infrastructure men create
  • All the plans men imagine

In just one hour is come to naught. 

Though our text is prophetic, history supports this concept with one account after the other of the very same thing. Some examples:

  • Egypt came to naught
  • Greece came to naught
  • Rome came to naught
  • Bloody Mary came to naught
  • Elizabeth I came to naught
  • Marie Antoinette came to naught 
  • Hitler and Mussolini came to naught
  • Howard Hughes came to naught 

You know what will never come to naught? Christ, and faith in Him. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Revelation 18:17 Just One Hour

Revelation 17:13 One Mind?

Revelation 17:13 (KJV)
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

I am certain that the passage is still prophetic of a time, future, when Antichrist will assemble people around the world to follow him. 

  • They will be different cultures
  • They will be of different backgrounds 
  • They will be of different languages

I am sure they will have some differing preferences but, in the end, they will all have one mind – that of the antichrist. 

It is a future passage, but current circumstances make it plain to see just how possible it is to bring the entire world to have one mind. Though there are differing opinions about where the COVID-19 virus originated and about how effective the vaccine is, among those who have swallowed the fear, they are of one mind – anyone who disagrees with mask mandates and distancing directives is dangerous to the population in general. 

This mentality is demonstrated, so far as I have observed, around the world. Despite the fact that the evidence contradicts itself and experts often disagree, and frequently change their minds, Americans, Europeans, Orientals and Islanders have all bought into the hysteria. Africans, South Americans, people from tropical climates and people from frigid climates have all donned the mask and have angst against those who haven’t. 

We are not in the Tribulation described in Revelation 17. But it is very easy to see how it will happen. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Revelation 17:13 One Mind?

Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Deuteronomy 17:7 (KJV)
The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV)
Thou shalt not kill.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV) 
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 

That a life should ever be taken is one of the most horrific of things. 

  • Life is precious, 
  • Cannot be regained, 
  • It is a gift from God

However, there are times when, as horrific as it is, it must be done:

  • In war
  • In self defense
  • In judgment 

God’s Word provided for the case of capital punishment. But it provided for it under very strict guidelines. 

  • The thing must be certain 
  • There must be a minimum of two witnesses and
  • The witnesses must be the first to perform the judgment 

This would have minimized false witnesses. If it was difficult to assemble multiple people willing to bear false witness it would have been doubly difficult to find them willing to carry their witness out in the “hands on” participation of the execution.

We must never rejoice that a soul, any soul, loses his life. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Revelation 15:3 God Is…

Revelation 15:3 (KJV)
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

“God is good all the time. All the time God is good.” This phrase has become quite popular these days, along with it the simpler phrase, “God is good.” I do not deny this truth. Certainly, the Bible teaches the goodness of God. But the phrase is sparse in the Bible at best and the sentiment is shallow. 

Terms that are more prevalent in the Word of God, and much more substantive are:

  • God is just
  • God is holy
  • God is righteous 
  • God is true
  • God is almighty 

While these terms are less sentimental, they are much more meaningful. These are the truths that will get the believer through difficult times. God is good and everything will work together for good to them that love God. But the term, on its own, is insufficient to sustain the weary, oppressed and hurting. 

Let’s consider all that God is. This will help the hurting world make much more sense.

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Revelation 15:3 God Is…

Deuteronomy 12:3 Our Undoing

Deuteronomy 12:3 (KJV)
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

Israel was to utterly destroy all of the objects of Canaanite worship and remove any reminder of their false gods. They were further instructed not to do the same with the LORD God. We know that Israel did not obey this exactly. It was in their halfhearted obedience they found their nation’s future problems. 

We see the very same pattern among most Christians. It is not that we utterly dismiss God. We like to feign obedience. We wish for His blessing and His hand of help. 

Christians would deny denying God. 

The problem is that Christians refuse to utterly reject worldliness and further refuse absolute surrender to God. The disagreements among the professing children of God almost always comes down to what an individual believer is willing to reject of the world or what they are willing to surrender to God. 

And it’s our ultimate undoing. 

It hinders our prayers, builds hurdles for spiritual growth, and creates hazards for future generations. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Deuteronomy 12:3 Our Undoing

Deuteronomy 10:5 There They Be

Deuteronomy 10:5 (KJV)
And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

There they be 
This is the second copy of the Ten Commandments because Moses broke the originals after Israel broke their principles in sin. This copy was no less the Word of God. It was no less inspired or infallible. It had the same author, was from the same source, and delivered to the people by the same hand. 

There they be 
Time had not altered it. Written near forty years previous to this, they had been delivered to the ark, guarded by the priests, and overseen by God. 

There they be
The same may be said of the Word of God today. Though many assume it has been corrupted beyond recognition and indeed there are corrupted versions, almighty God gave His Word, He placed it in the care of His people, and He alone as overseen its transmission and preservation.

There they be
Sixty-six books collected under the watchful eye of God, protected through the centuries, and available to all who would but take an interest and read them.

There they be
Grab a Bible, open its pages, meet its author, be saved and then live for the glory of God. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Deuteronomy 10:5 There They Be

Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding

Deuteronomy 9:6 (KJV)
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

God told Israel that the nation they were about to possess was, in fact greater and mightier than they were. They had: 

  • Great cities
  • Fenced walls and
  • Giant people

There was no way Israel would possess this land in their own power. They had to understand ahead of time that it was God who would defeat them. 

Further God told Israel that it was not because they were more righteous than the others that he would give them the land. It was because of the wickedness of the Canaanites they would be driven out but not because of the righteousness of Israel. They had to understand that they had not earned the privilege of being the victor. They were themselves a stiff-necked people. 

Christians today would do well to get hold of this truth. It is not because we are righteous that we earn God’s favor, power, or blessings. We don’t pay a price for His anointing. We don’t earn the ear of God through our obedience. We don’t somehow deserve His favor because we win souls or support missions. We have God’s favor, as children of God, because we have Jesus. 

The key to successful Christian living is to understand this, appreciate Jesus, and remain close to Him. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding

Deuteronomy 8:3 Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Deuteronomy 8:3 (KJV)
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Israel was God’s chosen nation. They were loved and blessed. God had already established that there was no nation so great as they. 

  • It was for them He had parted the Red Sea and would part the Jordan River. 
  • It was with them He had dwelt in the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud. 
  • It was through them all nations of the earth would be blessed. 

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost through the children of Israel. 

But here we are reminded that God humbled them, allowed them to suffer hunger and fed them with manna. And here we are told why. God wanted to teach them that man does not live by bread alone but by every Word of God. 

Here is the answer why bad things, hard things, difficult things happen to good people. Through those things, God blesses them with the knowledge, the realization, and the strength to live not in good things but in the truths God has given in his Word. 

A lost man might possess all the good this land can give. But he, like all of us, will eventually die. And then, in eternity he will have nothing. The Christian, like Lazarus, may suffer in this life, but in eternity, for all eternity, he will be comforted. 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824

For this and more than 5100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
https://marvinmckenzie.org

Deuteronomy 8:3 Why Bad Things Happen to Good People