Vision: an object of Imagination; something seen in a Dream; a Supernatural Appearance that conveys a Revelation.
King Solomon in Proverbs 29:18 wrote, Where there is no Vision, the people perish: but he that Keepeth the Law, happy is he.
King Solomon was considered to be the Wisest Soul (person) that ever lived; with perhaps the exception of Jesus. Therefore, it would behoove us to heed his instructions and warning.
Part of our Vision for the Future is Grounded in the Observance of the Commandments and Laws of the Lord. Like whenever a Soul (person) violates the laws of the land (our government) and gets caught, there is usually a price to pay; having to pay a fine is not in and of itself a happy thing to do. In like manner, if we violate the Commandments and Laws of God (YHWH); there is a Price to Pay, Hebrews 2:2.
There seems to be a lot of folk that are Aimlessly living their life for, they know NOT what; they have NO purpose; NO Vision for the Future; NO Hope beyond this present life. The End results of these individuals is Utter Destruction in a Lake of Fire Prepared for the devil and his angles.
However, we who Love the Lord and Endeavor to Serve HIM in Spirit and in Truth; Look for a Heavenly Kingdom wherein Dwelleth Righteousness, Joy and Peace Forevermore.
The Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 2:1-4 wrote, The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz SAW concerning Judah and Jerusalem. *And IT SHALL COME TO PASS in the LAST DAYS, that the Mountain of the LORD’S House shall be Established in the Top of the Mountains, and shall be Exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto IT.
As Jesus is High and Lifted Up; so it shall be with the Saints. We Shall Share with Jesus that which the Heavenly Father has Prepared for Him.
*And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us GO UP to the Mountain of the LORD, to the House of the God of Jacob; and HE will Teach us of HIS Ways, and we will Walk in HIS Paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem. *And HE Shall Judge among the nations, and Shall Rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
To a great extent, this is not happening; in fact, there are fewer and fewer individuals attending church on a regular basis in this day and time. There are some that only attend church on Special Occasions like christmas and Easter (which things they should NOT do) or for a wedding or a funeral. But the sad truth is, they are NOT attending church to Serve the Lord; they are there for an occasion or out of obligation but NOT for the Truth.
The Prophet Joel in Joel 1:15-16 wrote, Sanctify ye a Fast, call a Solemn Assembly, Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the House of the LORD your God, and Cry unto the LORD, ***Alas for the Day! for the Day of the LORD IS AT HAND, and as a destruction from the Almighty SHALL IT COME.
That word (Sanctify) means to Set Aside Time to Go Before the Lord and Seek HIS Face; to Follow after Righteousness (right living) and Peace; to NOT forget the Assembling of your selves together to Serve and Worship the Lord, Hebrews 10:25.
The Day of the Lord is Fast Approaching; considering that Jesus came in the end of the world, Hebrews 9:26 then, we are dangerously close to His Second Coming. If we do NOT take Time for Him now; He won’t have any Time for us when He Comes to Gather the Saints Home.
In Joel 2:1-2 the Prophet Joel wrote, Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, and Sound an Alarm in MY Holy Mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the Day of the LORD COMETH, for IT IS NIGH AT HAND.
Sound the Alarm and DON’T keep silent for our adversary the devil as a roaring lion is doing his best to distort the Truth and to cause Souls (people) to sin and to lose out on Eternal Life. While it is still today; while there is still time; do your best to be a Witness for Jesus.
The Prophet Joel in Joel 3:14-17 wrote, Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the Day of the LORD IS NEAR in the Valley of Decision.
Every individual Soul (person) MUST make the Decision as to whether or not they will Serve the Lord. Time is getting short and we never know whether or not we will be able to live to see another moment therefore, we need to focus on our Future while we still can.
*The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. *The LORD also shall Roar out of Zion, and Utter HIS Voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth Shall Shake:
When Stormy Weather is Brewing and coming your way; one has to make a decision as to when or whether they will seek Shelter from the Impending Danger; from the Inclement Weather. There are some folk that make the wrong Decision and wind up Suffering harm, loss and even death.
When it comes to Serving God we CANNOT afford to Make the Wrong Decision. The best way to Avoid Loss is to Plan for the Future now, while there is still Time.
but the LORD will be the Hope of HIS people, and the Strength of the children of Israel. *So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God Dwelling in Zion, MY Holy Mountain: then shall Jerusalem be Holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
When we Accept the Precious Shed Blood of Jesus for the Remission of our sins; we have Hope in Jesus that He WILL Saves us from ALL harm and loss.
Once the Final Trumpet has Sounded, it will be too late to Plan for the Future. In other words, once a Class-4 Tornado hits your home, it’s too late to seek shelter. Our Vision MUST be Clear; if we Believe in Jesus and in the Written Word of Truth, the Bible; we CANNOT afford to hesitate to make our Calling and Election Sure.
In 1st Thessalonians 5:1-10 the Apostle Paul wrote, But of the Times and the Seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
If Jesus would have told mankind the Times and the Seasons of His Second Coming; many individuals would put OFF Salvation until just before the Time and Season; to Accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour; and before endeavoring to live a Righteous life by Observing to Keep (Do) the Commandments and Laws of God.
***For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so COMETH as a thief in the night.
If you happen to live in an area where there are a lot of thieves; you most likely would NOT leave your valuables lying around where thieves can easily see them and you would be more likely to have Good Solid Locks on your doors and windows in hopes of keeping thieves away from your valuables.
We are living is parlous times; our physical life-time is uncertain; in other words, we don’t know when our life will end in physical death nor when the Second Coming of Jesus will Occur. Therefore, it behooves us to ALWAYS be READY to Meet Jesus in the air.
*For when they shall say, Peace and Safety; then sudden destruction COMETH upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall NOT escape.
Satan and his angels are ever present; seeking to deceive us into believing that we are alright; that the Written Word of Truth, the Bible doesn’t mean what it says; that God won’t really destroy sinners. But you can be Sure that God ALWAYS Says what HE Means, HE Means what HE Says and HE does NOT change.
About the time you get to thinking everything is alright and you start to relax; that’s when trouble comes. We CANNOT afford to be Lax when it comes to Serving the Lord.
*But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that Day should overtake you as a thief. *Ye are all the children of Light, and the children of the Day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
As Children of the Light; in Whom there is NO darkness; we are Blessed in Knowing that the Righteous Lord is Watching Over us; HIS angels Encamp Round About us; HIS Holy Spirit is EVER Present to Comfort us and to Strengthen us and to Lead, Guide, Direct and Teach us in ALL Truth. Praise HIS Holy and Righteous Name Forevermore!
*Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us Watch and be Sober. *For they that sleep; sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
We CANNOT afford to be lax or sleep; we MUST Keep our Vessels (Lamps) FULL of Good Oil so, that our Light will be EVER Shining; waiting and looking for Jesus to Return in the Clouds of Glory.
*But let us, who are of the Day, be Sober, PUTTING ON the Breastplate of Faith and Love; and for an Helmet, the Hope of Salvation.
We MUST prepare ourselves to Put On and Effectively Use the Whole Armour of God; we MUST Stand therefore, having your (our) loins (the Loins of our mind) girt about with Truth (the Written Word of the Lord), and having on the Breastplate of Righteousness (Right Living from the heart); *And your feet shod with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace; *Above all, taking the Shield of Faith, wherewith ye shall be able to Quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked. *And take the Helmet of Salvation (we MUST Know that we Know that we are Saved), and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (we need to Know how to Effectively use the Written Word of Truth, the Bible with its Commandments and Laws): *Praying always with all Prayer and Supplication in the Spirit, and Watching thereunto with all Perseverance and Supplication for all Saints, Ephesians 6:14-18. It’s our Duty!
*For God hath NOT appointed us to wrath, but to Obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, *Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should Live together with Him.
We can have Confidence that our Future is Looking Brighter and Brighter every day because Jesus is on our side; He’s Helping us. Praise His Holy Name!
The Apostle Peter in 2nd Peter 3:11-14 wrote, Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all Holy Conversation and Godliness,
There is a Gloomy Undesirable Future out there that is Coming for ALL those that live an ungodly life; for those that do NOT Observe to Do HIS Commandments and do NOT Observe to Follow HIS Laws. This is a Future that we do NOT want.
If we can really visualize how bad it is going to be then, perhaps, we will be more likely to be Doing that which is Right and Pleasing in the Eyes of the Lord. Jesus is Coming Back for a people that are Without spot, and Blameless, 2nd Peter 3:14,
***LOOKING FOR and Hasting unto the Coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
One thought that comes to my mind in regards to the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat is, Nuclear Fission; Nuclear Fission causes the very air to burn.
*Nevertheless we, according to HIS Promise, LOOK FOR New Heavens and a New Earth, wherein Dwelleth Righteousness. *Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye LOOK FOR such things, be Diligent that ye may be found of HIM in Peace, WITHOUT spot, and Blameless.
Our Vision for the Future is the New Heavens and an Earth Made New where Jesus is; where NO sin or wickedness exist and where EVERYTHING is Peace and Joy Forevermore. Therefore, it behooves us to Be READY. Amen? AMEN!
In St. Mark 10:29-30 we read, And Jesus answered and said, Verily I Say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My Sake, and the Gospel’s, ***But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the WORLD TO COME Eternal Life. See also St. Luke 18:29-30
Jesus is Profoundly Definite about the Fact that we SHALL Receive ALL the Blessings that the Heavenly Father has Promised to Give to us. This Truly is Something Worth Looking For!
Not only do we have Blessing Coming when Jesus Returns in the Clouds of Glory but the Lord has Promised to Bless us in this present life time as well.
The Apostle John in 1st John 3:1-3 wrote, Behold, what Manner of Love the Father hath Bestowed upon us, that we should be Called the Sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
Our Vision for the Future is the Anticipation of the Fulfillment of what God has Promised ALL who Serve HIM in Spirit and in Truth.
*Beloved, NOW are we the Sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He SHALL APPEAR, we SHALL BE LIKE Him; for we SHALL SEE Him as He is.
Not only has the Lord Promised that we will be Joint Heirs with HIS Only Begotten Son Jesus but HE has Already Blessed us with Many Wonderful Blessings in this present life.
NOW, TODAY; we are the SONS of God; Hallelujah!
***And every man that HATH THIS HOPE in him Purifieth himself, even as He is Pure.
The phrase every man (whether male of female) means us, you and I; we MUST Purify ourselves by the Washing of the Water of the Word, Ephesians 5:26.
There is a Chorus to a Song that we use to sing goes like this, “Don’t lose your Vision of Jesus, Keep your eyes Ever on Him, Many friends and dear loved one have lost their way, They have lost their Vision of Him.”
Remember, Where there is no Vision, the people perish, Proverbs 29:8.
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister
House of Prayer Sabbath Ministrie