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The Twelve Songs Of Revelation

Posted by Job on April 4, 2011

Please study and meditate on these passages from the book of Revelation, and allow them to influence and inform your private praise and worship time.

1. 4:8

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

2. 4:11

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

3. 5:9-10

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

4. 5:12

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

5. 5:13

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

6. 6:1

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

7. 7:10

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

8. 7:12

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

9. 11:15

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

10. 11:17-18

Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

11. 15:3-4

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

12. 19:1-8

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

If you wish to participate in this worship and praise truly and effectively, and also continue in this praise for eternity (as opposed to being banished to the lake of fire, where for all eternity there will be no worship or praise, but only great anguish, torment and sorrow) then repent of your sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation! To do so, follow the instructions below.

Follow The Three Step Salvation Plan!

Scriptures taken from: “Interpreting Revelation: A Reasonable Guide to Understanding the Last Book in the Bible

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Kenneth Maiki Aiolupotea: Until Then (Japan Earthquake Tsunami Prayer Song)

Posted by Job on March 14, 2011

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Praise Father Son And Holy Ghosts By William McCready

Posted by Job on January 3, 2011

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Jesus Saves By Daryl Coley: Why I Love This Song

Posted by Job on July 19, 2010

I know, some of my Reformed brothers and sisters may view this as being irreverent, trivial worship. And no, this song is not theologically deep. However, if you consider the context of the musical tradition that this song is a part of, one cannot deny this song’s artistic merit. Also, despite the lack of deep doctrinal depth, the song’s message and goal is powerful: that Christians must evangelize.

This song is all about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Simply, Jesus saves. However, so many people do not know what is meant by salvation, the meaning of “so great a salvation.” They believe that it means personal or societal reform or improvement, or salvation by works. Not only are these notions heresy, but they exclude a lot of people. In order to believe that this type of salvation is possible, one has to believe that they already possess, that they already bring to the table a degree or amount of inherent virtue and self-worth as a starting point BEFORE such a person has an encounter with Jesus Christ. If you believe in a gospel of personal improvement or in salvation by works, you have to be a pretty good person to start with.  Or if you believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ improves society, what Barack Hussein Obama refers to as collective salvation, well the society needs to be moral and functional on some level before it can improve. First, you need the moral standing and good sense to WANT to improve, but you also need a degree of worth, goodness and accomplishment to have the confidence that you CAN improve, plus a sense of knowledge of right and wrong/good and evil to know what constitutes improvement in the first place. So, it is a “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” gospel.

Well, that may be the gospel according to some people – an ecumenical pluralistic interfaith gospel of ethics and good works that changes to suit what man chooses to define as ethics and good works throughout the centuries (i.e. then slavery good, homosexuality bad, now homosexuality good but slavery bad) but it is not the gospel of the Bible. And it is the gospel of the Bible that this song talks about. Instead of being a “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” gospel, it is a gospel for people who don’t have boots, or for that matter don’t have feet or legs, and for this reason need to rely totally on Jesus Christ. Rather than being a “God helps those who help themselves” gospel, it is a “God helps those who CAN’T help themselves” gospel. Rather than being the “from each according to his ability to each according to his need” gospel of Jim Wallis, it is a gospel for people who have no ability, and whose need is too great to be met by human hands or by any government that such hands can build.

The key is the refrain “Jesus saves to the uttermost.” For the uninitiated, “to the uttermost” is “church-speak” in some circles. A longer form of it is “from the guttermost (bums and derelicts sleeping in the gutter) to the uttermost.” It puts into modern vernacular what Jesus Christ meant when He stated that those who are well don’t go to a doctor, only those who are sick, and in that same manner, He came not to save good people but sinners. (There is a background here where many believed that the Messiah would ingather the devout Jews to the Holy Land and call together armies of the righteous to liberate Jerusalem and Israel from the Romans and set up a human kingdom. So where the people with the false messianic beliefs thought that the messiah would come seeking only the righteous and use them in his armies to destroy the wicked, the true Messiah had an opposite mission: to seek the lost and save them. Also, the Pharisees in particular expected the Messiah to reward them for their piety only to have Jesus Christ state that A. He came for those who were penitent, not those who were justified in their own eyes and B. that the Pharisees weren’t nearly as pious as they believed themselves to be.)

So, Jesus Christ saving to the uttermost has a dual meaning. First, it refers to the target of this so great a salvation. It is NOT people who have some inherent goodness or virtue, or who have some goodness, ethics or knowledge as a starting point. Instead, it is for the worst of sinners, the totally depraved. It is not for good people who want to work at getting better. It is for bad people who know that they cannot become good in any sense even if they were to work as hard as they could for eternity. This is no “man progressing to godhood” gospel of Glenn Beck, because it recognizes that what sinners need is not progression but regeneration, transformation. So, it is not for the decent, good and moral person who wants to get rid of a few character flaws and bad traits to become better. It is for the serial murderer, the rapist, the child molester, the pornography addict, the drug dealer, the extortionist, the traitor, the homosexual, the adulterer, the prostitute, the pimp, the corrupt Wall Street executive, the partial-birth abortion doctor, the Muslim, the Wiccan, the Hindu, the Satanist, the hypocritical family values religious right politician. And it is for all the good, nice, moral people – from little girls who are all sugar and spice to sweet little old ladies – who know that but for the grace of God they would be just as overtly bad as those people because of the sin in their hearts and natures.  So when God saves to the uttermost, He doesn’t  save good people who need to be better, but He transforms evil, wretched sinister failed people into the image of His Son! God saved Nebuchadnezzar, a figure that was comparable to Adolph Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Usama bin Laden or Benito Mussolini. And God also saved Paul, who had the blood of many innocent Christians on his hands. Why? How? Because God saves TO THE UTTERMOST. His salvation extends from the person who has attended church all their lives and done their best to achieve ethical moral productive existences but did not know the meaning of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross to people that have done the most evil, wicked, contemptible, vile things imaginable and for that reason have been totally rejected by society.

And yet, there is a second dimension: the extent to this salvation. “To the uttermost” doesn’t mean simply getting better, merely improving. It isn’t like Gru in “Despicable Me” who goes from being evil to less evil. Or like the “self help teacher” on “The Simpsons” who helped an alcoholic go from dozens of bottles of alcohol a day to “one highly concentrated glass of wine.” It isn’t taking the fornicator and getting him to be outwardly physically chaste while redirecting his desires to pornography, or taking the racist and teaching him political correctness. That would not be “so great a salvation”, because taking something that was bad and making it APPEAR less bad is not only great, but it isn’t even truly salvation. Instead, saving to the uttermost means taking that which was corrupt, flawed, marred, broken and useless and totally transforming it into something that is acceptable by God. God cannot accept sin. That is why merely rehabilitating the sinner doesn’t work. The rehabilitated, new and improved sinner who is under new management with space age features and shiny new packaging is still a sinner, meaning that God cannot accept Him. Instead, the “so great a salvation” means having your sins paid for and declared sin free through identification with Jesus Christ and His atoning death and resurrection, and being placed in Christ. It is only that “so great a salvation” that allows you to be reconciled with God, because that is the only salvation that results in a liar no longer being a liar, a murderer no longer being a murderer, a homosexual no longer being a homosexual, or a pagan no longer being a pagan. It is true that what falls significantly short of “so great a salvation” is accepted in the world’s eyes. You can see that practically every day on television, especially the talk shows. But only “so great a salvation” is acceptable to God. Yet, this “so great a salvation” is possible because God Himself accomplishes it for those whom God wishes to save.

As great as that all is, this STILL is not the point of the song. Why? Because the people listening to this song know it already! That is the rub. This isn’t a song by Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Elton John, Lil’ Wayne, Rihanna, Lady Gaga or Sting. This is a gospel song that Christians who know the Bible and the gospel will hear and sing. So, it is “preaching to the choir.” Of course, we ought to sing worship and praise songs to the God who alone is worthy for His mighty and loving deeds. However, this is not really a “praise” song that preaches to the choir. It is an ACTION song. The ACTION that this song wants us to take? EVANGELISM! The complete refrain tells us, who know and are participating in this already that WE HAVE TO LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT JESUS SAVES TO THE UTTERMOST!

How many people are there out there who don’t know that so great a salvation is available to them no matter what they have done? How many people know that not merely self improvement but a complete and total transformation from sinner to righteousness, from death to life, is available? And how many people out there don’t know that being good, moral and ethical isn’t good enough because they will still die in their sins and receive the same eternal punishment as mass murderers? And the latter is particularly the case for those who believe that another religious tradition (i.e. Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, shintoism, Scientology and yes liberal Christianity) gives them morality and ethics and allows them to be “good people” that are all worshiping the same god and are simply on different paths to the same place. We have to go take the gospel to all nations, from the utmost to the uttermost, to let them know that they are all indeed worshiping the same god, but it is not the God of Heaven but rather the god of this world, Satan, and that they are indeed all on different paths to the same place, but that place isn’t heaven but destruction, the lake of fire!

So, how will people know that Jesus saves unless we tell them (Romans 10:14)? That is what this song is about, and that is why it is a good one even if your “theology of worship” claims otherwise. Or should I say: to what effect is having a proper theology of worship if you are not out letting the world know that Jesus saves, and saves to the uttermost?

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Can’t Nobody Tell It – Lamar Campbell

Posted by Job on January 4, 2010

I admit it: I have a weakness for this song.

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On God Centered Worship

Posted by Job on October 1, 2009

God Centered Worship: The Importance of Singing Truth

God Centered Worship: A Matter of Infinite Importance

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Was Acts 4:24-31 A Prayer For The Apostolic Period Only Or Is The Prayer Still Valid Now?

Posted by Job on February 15, 2009

I say that this passage is a prayer for now and should be said in this time in the interests of spreading the gospel to lands and people unreached. What is your opinion? Acts 4:24-31

And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

This would be an excellent prayer to repeat on behalf of our brothers and sisters in persecution in Muslim, Hindu, and communist lands!

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A Hard Life Lesson On Why Being Thankful To God In All Circumstances Is Required

Posted by Job on November 14, 2008

Please read link below for this heart rending story. It is yet another example of why children should be targeted for evangelism.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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In Worship And Praise Of Our Sovereign Lord

Posted by Job on November 14, 2008

Please click on this link to read this excellent devotional. You will be sorry if you do not!

Exodus 15:18 – The LORD will reign forever and ever.

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On Being Filled With The Holy Spirit And Worshiping In The Holy Spirit

Posted by Job on October 2, 2008

Was listening to an (Arminian) preacher’s sermon on Ephesians 5:18 (And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit), and of course knowing how Pentecostals regard this verse, I decided to investigate what Reformed opinion was. Regrettably, John Calvin only focused on the wine part. But I did find some good blog posts on this topic. Please read and enjoy. 

be filled with the holy spirit? part #1

Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?, Part 2

worship in the spirit

Should We Pray For More of The Holy Spirit In Our Ministries and Churches?

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The Book of Job and the Sovereignty of God

Posted by Job on November 20, 2007

From Theology.Wordpress.com:

The Book of Job and the Sovereignty of God

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