The End Of 2021 & The Beginning Of 2022

What have we learned in 2021? For starters, 2021 was a year that revealed how close the return of Jesus Christ truly is and how rapid the curtain is swinging to close on the time of grace we are living into the new one that is fast approaching. We are seeing the beginning stages of the development of the future mark of the beast, seen in the mandate of the “poke,” which without it, you can’t go to certain places for purchase purposes and even have a job to make money.

Scientists in the United States, and maybe in other countries, seem to be aware of a coming asteroid. That is why they are preparing for the moment of impact when they will have to face head-on a gigantic rock of devastating proportion. Sadly, according to Revelation, it will hit the earth and kill many people.

5 And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are faithful and true.” -Revelation 21:5 BSB

Even though the world around us is getting worse, we know the outcome. This world is not our home. Jesus is going to make a new home for those who love Him. It will be a perfect world without sin and death. Until we go there, what are we to do in this one?

[Living like Christ] The saints have to be more in God’s Word to transform their minds and learn the ways of the Lord, which will make their light bulb, the inner-man, brighter, reflecting the light of Jesus Christ within them.

[Spreading the gospel] We have to tell others about Jesus and what He did for all of us on the cross. Everyone needs an opportunity to escape two events that are coming. The first is the seven-year Tribulation, and the second is dying in a sinful state without Jesus and ending up in hell, where the worms that eat you will never die and the fire that burns you will never die off.

[Exposing false teachers] How can you and I show the love of Christ to someone who might be in the process of being deceived by a very obvious false teacher or preacher? You warn them by pointing out to them, with the Scriptures, that what they are learning is unbiblical and has the potential of pushing them away from the truth.

[Choosing to love the truth over people] Do you know people who claim to be Christians, yet they teach unbiblical doctrine? Do you stay quiet so that you won’t offend them and lose their likes, visits, and comments? Have you ever asked yourself the question, who do you genuinely love, and why do you do what you do? Do you do it for you or Jesus?

[And lastly, do you love the world and the things that are in them or hate it?] In 1 John 2:15, it says, Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The world will only offer what the flesh desires since it cannot give you the righteousness that comes from God. This world and its governments are directed and guided by Satan, and he wants to rule over it so that he could be worshipped like God, as seen in 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

When we enter 2022, keep your minds pure, cling to Jesus Christ, seek Him every day, and live for Him because the days are short and our being gathered to Him is very near.

(Part 2) Angelic Class: Seraphim

The word “seraphim” means fiery serpent. We can know for sure that these seraphim do not look like serpents because they are described in other passages as having four faces. This name first comes up in Numbers 21:6, which says, “So the LORD sent venomous snakes among the people, and many of the Israelites were bitten and died.” The Berean Study Bible translation translates only the Hebrew word nachash as “venomous snakes,” but does not translate the word saraph, Heb. Strong’s #8314 (seraph, noun), which means fiery serpent or burning for the verb form of saraph. It does this because it also means figuratively a poisonous snake, due to the word being used in Numbers 21:6 for a person feeling the sensation of burning after being bitten by a snake. Other Bible translations do have the word “fiery serpents.”

The reason they are called seraphim is that their appearance resembles fire, as the word seraph means, see below.

13 In the midst of the living creatures was the appearance of glowing coals of fire, or of torches. Fire moved back and forth between the living creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. -Ezekiel 1:13 BSB

Above Him stood seraphim, each having six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. -Isaiah 6:2 BSB

These four seraphim are also called “four living creatures” in Revelation 4:8 & Ezekiel 1:8 and Cherubim in Ezekiel 10:7-8. These creatures are full of eyes, front and back and on their wings (Ezekiel 10:12 & Revelation 4:6). Each of the four living creatures also has four faces; that of a man, that of an ox, that of a lion, and that of an eagle (Ezekiel 1:10). These seraphim stand in the presence of the Lord giving Him praises (Isaiah 6:3 & Revelation 4:8). They are mentioned in Isaiah 6:2-3, Ezekiel 1 & 10, and Revelation 4. The only difference from all those passages is that in Ezekiel chapters 1 & 10, they are described as only having four wings, and in Isaiah 6:2 and Revelation 4:8, they have six wings. It doesn’t say why Ezekiel only saw four wings and Isaiah and John saw six. I can conclude that most likely they are the same creatures, but Ezekiel, for whatever reason, didn’t notice the other two wings, as it is mentioned in other places that they do cover their bodies with four wings and at other times, two wings are touching each other. Either, they are similar creatures, one with four wings, and the other with six, or Ezekiel didn’t see that extra detail.

These creatures move as fast as lightning…14 The creatures were darting back and forth as quickly as flashes of lightning. -Ezekiel 1:14 BSB

The power of their wings when they flow sounded like the voice of God…24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings like the roar of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. -Ezekiel 1:24 BSB

The names “seraphim”, “cherubim”, and “living creatures” are words to describe their appearance and their rank in God’s angelic army.

They seem to guard the Throne of the Almighty God so logically, they must be seriously powerful and nothing unauthorized can enter God’s Throne. No one can sneak behind them since they are full of eyes and have four faces. Their swiftness and the ability to see 360 degrees all around them make them very powerful creatures. These seraphim seem to be high ranking in the angelic hosts, as they are stationed in God’s Throne.

Jesus Was Born To Die

On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. -Matthew 2:11 BSB

The Magi worshipped Jesus when they came to Him where He was. They recognized who Jesus was, a Savior, born to die, to come back to life so that we too can have life. A life that only Jesus can give.

Do you understand who Jesus is? And if you do. Have you given your life to Him for the forgiveness of your sins? If not, what are you waiting for, for we are not guaranteed another day.

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit.” 14 You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. -James 4:13-14 BSB