Google+ 12/14/13 Are We Prepared?

Revelation 19:6-8


Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd

Or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:

“Praise the Lord!
    For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
    And his bride has prepared herself.

She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
    For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.


As we conclude our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Be Prepared!" we turn to the ultimate preparation that God does in Heaven at the end of times.  For eighteen chapters in the book of Revelation, God prepares heaven and His Son Jesus Christ for the ultimate battle.  Early in Revelation comes the warning from Jesus to all churches to clean up their behavior and follow God.  Six of the seven churches have much to change.  This speaks loudly to all Christians that a vast majority of those professing God are really "doing their own thing!"  Jesus issues specific instructions to each of the churches.  He identifies the problems and gives solutions.  As we all know, His advice is ignored.  John describes, in detail, the vision He is given of all the battles that take place.  Satan invades heaven and loses.  Why?  God is ultimately prepared.  His "bride" has been given all of the tools to keep herself holy.  God has adorned her in white linen.  For those that truly believe and follow Him, the future is bright.  For those that "play church," God finally explains that they are getting what they deserve for their years of disobedience.  We need to learn exactly what God is saying.  While God has always been willing to offer a second chance and turn the other cheek, that period of time is coming to an end.  Once Christ comes back on a cloud, the dead in Christ shall rise.  Then the "holy" will be taken up with Him and the remainder of the earth will suffer seven years of tribulation and disasters.  The only thing that will put all of us on the "heaven" side of this equation is our ultimate preparation and willingness to surrender and accept Jesus as our personal Savior, and live Godly lives.  We must use our feet and our hands to execute God's plan.  We must be His light to the world, particularly during our preparation for Christmas.  Twelve devotions later, there is still only one question for all of us.  "Are We Prepared?"