Friday, November 27, 2009

Seek the Gates of Zion . . .

To you, God's precious child,

Grace and Peace to you from God our Father through Christ Jesus our Lord,

He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,

1) To those who missed the mark ~

Revelation 1:3 (The Message)

How blessed the reader! How blessed the hearers and keepers of these oracle words, all the words written in this book!  Time is just about up.

Revelation 2:7 (The Message)

"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I'm about to call each conqueror to dinner. I'm spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God's orchard."

2) To those who are proud and hostile ~

Revelation 14:13 (The Message)

Blessed are those who die in the Master from now on; how blessed to die that way!"

Revelation 2:10-11 (The Message )

"Don't quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you."

"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death."

3) To those who compromise faith and integrity ~ 

Revelation 16:15 (The Message)

"Keep watch! I come unannounced, like a thief. You're blessed if, awake and dressed, you're ready for me. Too bad if you're found running through the streets, naked and ashamed."

Revelation 2:17 (The Message)

"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I'll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I'll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name."

4) To those who undermine authority ~

Revelation 19:9 (The Message)

"The Angel said to me, "Write this: 'Blessed are those invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.'" He added, "These are the true words of God!"

Revelation 2:26-28 (The Message)

"Here's the reward I have for every conqueror, everyone who keeps at it, refusing to give up: You'll rule the nations, your Shepherd-King rule as firm as an iron staff, their resistance fragile as clay pots. This was the gift my Father gave me; I pass it along to you—and with it, the Morning Star!"

5) To those who abuse wealth and Fame ~

Revelation 20:6

"Blessed and Holy are those who have part in the first Ressurection."

Revelation 3:5 (The Message)

"Conquerors will march in the victory parade, their names indelible in the Book of Life. I'll lead them up and present them by name to my Father and his Angels.

6) To those who abuse loyalty and devotion ~

Revelation 22:7 (The Message)

"Blessed be the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

Revelation 3:10-12 (The Message)

"Because you kept my Word in passionate patience, I'll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test."

"I'm on my way; I'll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown."

"I'll make each conqueror a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, a permanent position of honor. Then I'll write names on you, the pillars: the Name of my God, the Name of God's City—the new Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven—and my new Name."

7) To those who abuse weakness in others ~

Revelation 22:14 (The Message)

"How blessed are those who wash their robes! The Tree of Life is theirs for good, and they'll walk through the gates to the City. But outside for good are the filthy curs: sorcerers, fornicators, murderers, idolaters—all who love and live lies."

Revelation 3:19-21 (The Message)

"The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they'll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!"

"Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I'll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That's my gift to the conquerors!"

He who has ears let him hear what the spirit says to the churches . . .

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