Last night I arrived in my nighttime devotions at John Stott’s famous Revelation chap 12. The first section!  And just now, inspired by the words of a wonderful hymn:

Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown,
When thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home there was found no room
For thy Holy nativity:
O come to my heart Lord Jesus! There is room in my heart for Thee:

I was led to read the section, which began thus:

“War broke out in heaven…”

And as I read the following thoughts came to mind. That we haven’t even begun to understand how ‘ de ting set’. How the universe operates! Growing up as a young man listening to Bob Marley, our great reggae music icon, we got a glimpse of the extent of evil operating in  #TribalWarinnaBabylon and #Mantomanissounjust. And when we consider the influence of #TaylorSwift and #JustinBieber in #TedCruzChildreninAmerica and #VybesKartel in Jamaica perhaps we don’t need to wonder why people have no concept of what’s really happening in the Universe. And have become so distracted. Or that the #WorldSeries baseball is really ‘ the world’ or just that America for some is ‘ the world’. In the same way that we have been seduced ( reduced too, as spell check tried to write) to think that what CNN reports on as happening on earth is the only reality.

For when we read chapter 12 of the book of Revelation, we get a clear picture of why a gunman, in an act of egregious evil,  would kill a pregnant mother. A crime which shocked our nation just this week. And the treatment of which news item triggered  a lively discussion on Twitter last night between Twitter personalities Emma Lewis and Yaneek Page last night #waypassmybedtime.

These two of many give the gist of the discussion

Check out @yaneekpage’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/yaneekpage/status/721176646733012992?s=09

Check out @Petchary’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Petchary/status/721196140876664832?s=09

And why there is tribal war in Syria, why genocide occurred in Rwanda,  as I read years ago in “Left to Tell ” by
Immaculee Llibagiza, and why the only hope for this world is Christ The Victor.

For as I tweeted at the same time, but outside the conversation,

” When they call to me, I will answer them “. Ps. 91:15 whenever. In the quietness of their homes or publicly in church, wherever.

That’s why,  armed with the knowledge of how ‘ de ting set’, how The Universe is affected by ” The Blood of the Lamb “, we need to submit to Christ and cry out, bawl out to God in and through Christ Jesus,  every hour. And that’s why Christians can experience Joy, and celebrate with thanksgiving,  even in the midst of evil, for we know that in Christ Jesus, there is Victory over Sin, Death and Satan.

That’s the good news about which the hymn writer wrote in the fourth verse of that instructive hymn.

Thou  camest, O Lord, with the Living Word
That should set thy people free;
But with mocking scorn, and with crown of thorn,
They bore thee to Calvary.
O come to my heart Lord Jesus !
There is room in my heart for Thee.

And now to ( beginning of )   the culmination of all history as revealed by The Word of God:

http://bible.com/111/rev.12.7-17.niv Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.   Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.   They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.   Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”


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