January 2021

1.20.21 Wednesday

2021-01-20T06:48:31-06:00
Good Wednesday morning. This is an important day in the history of our country. Let’s pray it goes well with no violence.

Revelation 11: 4-6

4 “These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes; anyone who wants to harm them must be killed in this manner. 6 They have authority to shut the sky, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.”


This is why scholars think the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah. Moses turned the Nile into blood and unleashed the plagues in Egypt. Elijah prophesied to Ahab that there would be no rain upon the earth in 1 Kings. These two witnesses, or prophets have power to consume the non-believers.


Tomorrow is not looking good in the Revelation. Read 11: 7-13 in preparation.


Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

1.20.21 Wednesday2021-01-20T06:48:31-06:00

1.19.21 Tuesday

2021-01-19T07:17:00-06:00
Good Tuesday morning. Good news: the church is reopening to in-person worship this coming Sunday, Jan. 24th. We will still offer the options of parking lot, FaceBook, and now it will be posted on our website by 1 pm on Sundays. I look forward to seeing you when you are comfortable returning. It’s great that we have other options as well.

Did you get a chance to read Revelation 11? I read that chapter 11 is the most difficult as well as the most important chapter in the Revelation. The seer speaks of things still in the future as if they were past.

1-3 “Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Come and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months. 3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority to prophesy for one thousand two hundred sixty days, wearing sackcloth.”


The measuring of the temple and the altar emphasizes the protection and preservation of the faithful who are inside from the demonic terrors to come. One of the sayings in goal setting is that “you measure what you treasure.” This is a great example of that! The confusion comes because this was written around 90 CE and the temple had been destroyed in 70 CE. Ahhh, but do you see, the temple is not the building! It is the people of God!

It is the people who are to be preserved. The rest, outside the Christian church are doomed to destruction in this passage.


Forty two months =1,260 days = 3 1/2 years, a number that symbolizes the period of eschatological tribulation. 3 1/2 is 1/2 of seven, the number of completeness so indicating utter incompleteness. For more information on this look up the Maccabean resistance to Antiochus Epiphanes, the King of Syria in the year 168 BC. It lasted 3 1/2 years. It explains the Jewish celebration of Hanukah.


The two witnesses are not named, but may represent prophetic figures who were expected to return in the end time. Wearing sackcloth, shows they are in a state of repentance. They could represent Elijah and Moses, two outstanding figures in the religious history of Israel.


Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

1.19.21 Tuesday2021-01-19T07:17:00-06:00

1.18.21 Monday

2021-01-18T06:44:45-06:00
Good Monday morning. I had last week off to give care to  my daughter, Rachel, after her back surgery. Things are going well for her so off to work I go! Once again, I got a lot of reading done and did crosswords as Rachel slept a lot those first few days. There’s nothing like having your mom around when you are ill or recuperating!

Revelation. Now where were we? Still in chapter 10.

verses 8-11

8 “Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, “Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10 So I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.


11 Then they said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”


The angel tells John to “take” the scroll. The significance of this is that God’s revelation is not forced on anyone; a person must take it. Eating the roll comes from Ezekiel 3: 1-3 “He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.  So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.  He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.”


The idea is clear; one has to digest God’s message, take it into our very selves to allow it to become part of us.


Here’s an interesting story that may be behind the eating of words. When a Jewish boy was learning the alphabet, the letters were written on a slate using a mixture of flour and honey. If he got the name of the letter right, he got to taste it!


In Chapter 11 we will read of the Antichrist. It would be good for you to read the entire chapter before we dig in tomorrow.


Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

1.18.21 Monday2021-01-18T06:44:45-06:00

1.8.21 Friday

2021-01-08T05:46:59-06:00
Good Friday morning. Weren’t the trees just exquisite yesterday? It’s an interesting phenomenon that makes them that way, but I just marvel at God’s handiwork. I drove to Cambridge and I couldn’t stop saying, “Oh, look at that! So pretty!”


From Revelation Chapter 10 we get another angel, a cloud, the sun, a rainbow, a fire, a scroll, the land, the sea, a lion. Part after part, we get imagery for the glory of God. It’s a pretty big, mighty angel that can have one foot on the land and one on the sea, or the whole universe. John is given a revelation and told not to write it down. That’s mysterious. God sometimes tells us more than we can communicate or express, or the time is not right for it to be revealed. There will come a time of understanding, but it may not be right now.


The scene is being set for the appearance of the Antichrist who is about to invade the earth. The full mystery of God, and God’s purpose and meaning of human history will be revealed. John prophesies a showdown between good and evil.

There’s a lot to be said about verses 8-11, so I’ll address that on Monday.


Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

1.8.21 Friday2021-01-08T05:46:59-06:00

1.7.21 Thursday

2021-01-07T04:14:38-06:00
Good Thursday morning. What a sad day for our country. The world is watching. Remember that Christ’s light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. Goodness will prevail. It is almost apocalyptic, though, isn’t it? Some of chapter 9 comes to mind.


Read through Chapter 10 today and we’ll discuss it tomorrow.


10 “And I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. 2 He held a little scroll open in his hand. Setting his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 he gave a great shout, like a lion roaring. And when he shouted, the seven thunders sounded. 4 And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.” 5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and the land


raised his right hand to heaven

6     and swore by him who lives forever and ever,

who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will be no more delay, 7 but in the days when the seventh angel is to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, as he announced to his servants[a] the prophets.”


8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, “Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10 So I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.


11 Then they said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”



Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

1.7.21 Thursday2021-01-07T04:14:38-06:00

1.6.21 Wednesday

2021-01-06T06:44:53-06:00
Good Wednesday morning. Happy Epiphany! Now you can add the Magi to your nativity scene!


Revelation 9: 13-21 Here come the nasty horses of vengeance.


13 “Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels were released, who had been held ready for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, to kill a third of humankind. 16 The number of the troops of cavalry was two hundred million; I heard their number. 17 And this was how I saw the horses in my vision: the riders wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur; the heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. 18 By these three plagues a third of humankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they inflict harm.


20 The rest of humankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands or give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their fornication or their thefts.”


The locusts injured but did not kill. These horses are a demonic calvary sent to annihilate a third part of the human race. No one really knows who the four angels bound at the river Euphrates were. The guess is that they represent the destruction and disasters that the Israelites went through in ancient times. It could be a reference to the Parthian calvary which dwealt beyond the Euphrates. John’s readers were quite familiar with that political and military threat.


One would have thought that humans would have been scared into repentance by now. But, no. They continued to worship idols and the demons within them and continued their evil ways. Like all mainline Jews, John believed that human evil emerged from idolatry. You become like what you worship.


You become like what you worship. Let that sink in. If you worship something other than God, you become something other than what God intended for you as He created you in His image.


Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

1.6.21 Wednesday2021-01-06T06:44:53-06:00

1.5.21 Tuesday

2021-01-05T06:16:09-06:00
Good Tuesday morning. I hope you got to enjoy the sunshine yesterday. It was a treasure of a day!


A few more words about the locusts in Revelation 9. All through the Old Testament the locust is the symbol of destruction. In the book of Joel, chapters 1 & 2, you will see where John got his material. The locusts are a massive destructive force. Apparently, the destruction they can cause is beyond belief. It is recorded that in 1866 a plague of locusts invaded Algiers, and so total was the destruction which they caused that 200,000 people died of famine in the following days!


The demonic locusts in the Revelation, however, are not to attack the vegetation, but the people. That would be enough to scare you to death! These demonic locusts have a sting like a scorpion. Ouch! Their life span is about 5 months, so the is how long the attack will last.


Men will long to die, but will not be able to. That is right out of Job’s mouth. Job 3:21. And is spoken of by Jeremiah in 8:3. The words used to describe the angel at the bottomless abyss  mean Destruction and The Destroyer. This is the king of the demonic locusts.


Tomorrow, the horsemen of vengeance. Good stuff. This is the stuff of which nightmares are produced!


Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

1.5.21 Tuesday2021-01-05T06:16:09-06:00

1.4.21 Monday

2021-01-04T06:17:41-06:00
Good Monday morning.A new year! And such warm weather for January. I actually sat on my porch yesterday with Mickey Mouser to soak up some sunshine. In January! This is a bonus. I loved all of my birthday wishes; I felt so loved.


Back to the Revelation! Chapter 9: 1-12 Angel #5


9 “And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit; 2 he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given authority like the authority of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings someone. 6 And in those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.


7 In appearance the locusts were like horses equipped for battle. On their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, 8 their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth; 9 they had scales like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. 10 They have tails like scorpions, with stingers, and in their tails is their power to harm people for five months. 11 They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.


12 The first woe has passed. There are still two woes to come.”


That’s a lot to process. This is the stuff of horror movies. Exactly the effect John was intending for his audience. He lavishes more detailed description on the super-locusts than on any other creature in this vivid book. Insects on steroids! The bottomless pit might be something like a black hole, anti creation, chaos. Could it be a place where Satan resides?


To the Jews, stars were living things, divine beings, who by disobedience could become demonic and evil and hostile to God.


The locusts don’t destroy everything. They are to torture people until they long to die. That just doesn’t make sense to me when our God has been so loving and forgiving. We have to assume the this horrible time and this drastic measure is meant to get people to repent who have been resistant in the past. It is the unleashing of the power of Satan, not God.


“These things are not to be taken literally; they are a piling of horror upon horror. The point of them is that in this terrible time of devastation which the seer sees coming upon the earth, the terrors are not natural, nor are they of this world; they are demonic; they come from the abyss where the evil stars and angels and spirits have been imprisoned; the powers of evil are being given their last chance to work they dreadful and horrible work.” (Barclay)


Enough horror for one day.

Blessings upon blessings for your day,

Pastor Sue

1.4.21 Monday2021-01-04T06:17:41-06:00

December 2020

12.31.20

2020-12-31T07:44:54-06:00
Good Thursday morning. The last day of 2020! May 2021 be a better year.


We’re finishing Chapter 8 in the Revelation today.

13 “Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew in midheaven, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”


Four angels have sounded their trumpets. The action pauses as the eagle cries out. Picture this in your mind. Midheaven. One eagle. Crying out doom. It is symbolism. God uses nature to send His messages and His warnings. God speaks to the world through creation.


Have you ever heard God speak to you when you are out in nature? Is nature crying out to us today, trying to tell us something? Are we listening?


Blessings on your day, see you next year!

Pastor Sue

12.31.202020-12-31T07:44:54-06:00

12.30.20 Wednesday

2020-12-30T06:15:29-06:00
Good Wednesday morning. Two more days left of 2020. Are you ready to kick 2020 to the curb and begin fresh in 2021? It’s not that simple, but I pray that the pandemic is under control and peace prevails, divisions heal, and that we can join together inside our worship space once again. If we all try to be kinder and more thoughtful of others, we will prosper.


Revelation 8: 7-13

7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were hurled to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.


8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. 9 A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.


10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.


12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light was darkened; a third of the day was kept from shining, and likewise the night.


13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew in midheaven, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”


Here we have the elemental forces of nature hurled in judgment against the world. The destruction is partial and not total destruction because this is not “the end,” but rather the prelude to “the end.” John uses imagery from Exodus with a bit of hyperbolic language and intensified terror.


Wormwood is a general name for the class of plants known as artemisia; their characteristic is bitterness of taste. The Israelites dreaded their bitterness. Wormwood is the fruit of idolatry (Deuteronomy 29: 17-18) and was the threat of God through the prophet Jeremiah that God would give his people wormwood to eat, and the waters of gall to drink (Jeremiah 9: 14-15 and 23:15)


The image of a rain of blood has been reported in Mediterranean countries due to the fine red sand from the Sahara Desert being caught up in the upper air flow. When it rains, it resembles blood from the sky. The mountain burning with fire being thrown into the sea sounds like a volcanic eruption. Mt. Vesuvius blew in 79, which would have been within John’s time.


Tomorrow, the flying eagle, then we are done with Chapter 8.

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue

12.30.20 Wednesday2020-12-30T06:15:29-06:00
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