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5/3/17 - God's promises of comfort

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

NOTE: I have experienced several health issues in the past few months, and have been unable to send out the weekly “Life-Changing Verses”. I am currently working through verses from each successive chapter in the book of Revelation. I personally needed to meditate on “God’s promises of comfort” from Revelation 7 (see below). Many people need the comfort that only God can provide.

Please pray for a 22 month old who accidentally shot himself with a nail gun. Also pray for Bill whose wife passed away with cancer. Finally, pray for a couple who lost their young son. 

LCV: 4/3/17 – God’s promises of comfort

Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:16-17

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3/8/17 – Unbelievers will run and hide from God

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”  Revelation 6:15-17

During the End Times, God will reveal Himself through numerous judgments placed on this earth.  Christ had just opened the sixth of seven seals, and there was a great earthquake along with unbelievable cosmic upheaval.  The verses above describe the reaction of those who had not accepted God into their lives.  Instead of turning toward God, they chose to run and hide.

What is interesting about this reaction is that there is no denial that God does exist.  People living at the time when the sixth seal is opened realize that God and Christ (“the Lamb”) are real.  They also understand that God will unleash judgment upon the world like has never been seen before. 

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3/1/17 - Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And they sang a new song, saying:  “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  Revelation 5:9,11-12

All of Revelation Chapter 5 takes place in heaven.  It was very difficult to pick one or two verses from Chapter 5.  I encourage you to read this chapter from Revelation and sense the attitude of praise and worship for Christ.  Try to imagine thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand voices singing “worthy is the Lamb, who was slain.”  I think it is one of the most famous chapters in the Bible and should be read on a regular basis by all Believers.

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2/22/17 – Will Believers live through the Great Tribulation?

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”  Revelation 4:1

This verse occurs immediately after Jesus Christ has discussed the seven churches identified in Chapters 2 and 3.  The words “after this” occur twice in this one verse.  This tends to lead many people to think that Christ is telling John that after the Church age, God will bring judgment on the earth.  This implies that the “rapture” of all Believers (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) will occur before God judges the earth.  In other words, Believers living at the time that God begins His judgment will be removed from this earth.  No one knows when this will happen.  I support the thinking that Believers will not live on earth during what is referred to as the “Great Tribulation” for the following reasons.

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2/15/17 - Hold on to the things of God and not this earth

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Revelation 3:11-12

These verses are part of the letter that Christ told John to write to the church at Philadelphia.  The letters to Philadelphia and Smyrna are the only two churches that do not contain any negative comments from Christ.

Many theologians believe that the letters to the seven churches contained in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 trace the history of the church.  If that is the case, the church at Philadelphia is aligned with the Protestant Reformation in the 17th century.  During this time, there was a new awakening to God’s Word.  There were many people who translated the Bible into English so that anyone could read the Bible for himself or herself.  From this came many of the Protestant denominations of churches that we have today.

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2/8/17 – Your love and your freedom in Christ

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.  But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  Revelation 2:4-6


In the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ told John to write seven letters to seven churches.  The verses above are to the church at Ephesus, the first church to be discussed in Chapters 2 and 3.  Two of the seven churches received nothing but praise from Christ: Smyrna and Philadelphia.  The other five received some praise, but they also received some warnings.  The above verses contain both a warning and a praise that Christ gave to the church at Ephesus.

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2/1/17 – The Seven Spirits Before God's Throne

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord
    and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
  Isaiah 11:1-2

John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne.  Revelation 1:4

 In the book of Revelation, John receives a message and many visions from the Lord Jesus Christ concerning End Times.  It is addressed to seven churches centrally located in Asia Minor. There are numerous topics of discussion and debate about the symbolism in Revelation.  This is a discussion on “ the seven spirits” before the throne of God mentioned in the verse from Revelation 1:4.  They are mentioned several times in Revelation.  There are two ways to describe the seven spirits, and both may be correct.

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1/25/17 – Our Lord deserves our reverence

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Just like the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day so was the appearance of brilliance that surrounded him. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speak.  Ezekiel 1:28

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”  Luke 5:8

When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead. He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last. Revelation 1:17

My wife has many Nativity sets that she puts out around the house during Christmas.  She has three sets that our grandchildren play with.  One Christmas after all of the family had left, my wife wanted me to see one of the Nativity sets.  Our youngest grandchild had been playing with all three sets located in different parts of the house.  At this one Nativity set, all of the figure of the animals, kings, and shepherds from all three sets were placed in a semicircle around the Baby Jesus figure.  What was striking was that she had placed all of the figures face down as if they were bowing down to the Baby Jesus.  I was amazed at how she demonstrated reverence to our Lord.

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1/18/17 – “I will not be sick, and my sins are forgiven!”

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

No one who dwells there will say, “I am sick”; the people who live there will be forgiven their guilt.   Isaiah 33:24 (NABRE)

This verse has two blessings: 1. No sickness, and 2. Free from all guilt due to sin. I found this amazing verse while slowly reading through the book of Isaiah.  I had overlooked it many times.  However, for the past ten years, I have had many physical health problems.  I almost cried when I realized that someday in the future, Jesus Christ will not allow anyone to be sick.  Even more so is the conviction that all of my sins have been forgiven and forgotten.  In addition, God has also removed the guilt that I feel from doing bad things. 

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1/11/17 - A Mature Believer

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  Philippians 3:8-9

These two verses summarize the life of a spirit filled Christian who considers Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior over everything about their life.  This Christian would be called a Mature Believer.  I do not think that God expects all Christians to reach this maturity during their life; however, He adamantly expects that all Christians strive for what is described in these verses.

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