Saturday, May 21, 2016


Today’s Reading: Revelation 14 

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


One of the many sculptures in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome depicts a woman reading the Bible. John XXIII began changes which would have encouraged reformers such as Martin Luther. He issued a revolutionary statement. He told his people to “READ THE BIBLE!”


GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Revelation 14:3a

They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders…


Jim and Kathy Cantelon write today’s 100 Words segment (originally published in Crossroads’ Day Unto Day devotional series)…

John now shifts from a description of the beast and his worshippers (chapter 13) to a description of the Lamb and His followers. Consistent with Old Testament expectation, the venue is Mount Zion. Micah, for instance, foresaw the day when God would gather the faithful remnant to Mount Zion and reign over them forever (Micah 4:6-8). Joel and Isaiah also saw something similar (Joel 2:32; Isaiah 11:9-12; 40:1-46).

Who are these “144,000”? In chapter 7, we saw this number first mentioned, and I underlined the importance of the symbolic numbering. The group in this chapter (chapter 14) is probably the same people. In both chapters, the 144,000 are sealed on their foreheads…in chapter 7, the substance of the seal is not mentioned, but in chapter 14, John tells us that the seal comprises the names of the Father and the Lamb. This seal, of course, is in direct contrast to the name (or number of the name) of the beast which was placed on the right hand or forehead of his worshippers in chapter 13.

The message to the worshippers of the beast is one of dire warning – they “will drink of the wine of God’s fury” and “will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb” (verse 10). Usually we think of torment as the exclusive domain of Hell, but here we see the high view God has of our wilful choices and the total anger He has at those who choose to reject His Son. That’s why verse 13 has special meaning and warning: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”


Lord God, I’m very aware that one day I will stand before Your Judgment Seat where believers in Jesus will be judged. The words of the hymn writer come to mind, “Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.” I pray for Your grace so that my faith in Jesus’ salvation will never waver. In Jesus’ Name! Amen!!!


Besides telling his people to read the Bible, which was something discouraged by the Roman Catholic church for centuries, Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) symbolically opened a window in the vatican which faced St. Peter’s Square, and in front of thousands of people welcomed the Holy Spirit to come in. Shortly after this I was preaching in Quebec City at the invitation of Rev. Vern O’Brien, when we received an invitation to visit a Roman Catholic convent to preach to the nuns. The Mother Superior had written to me as a result of seeing the Crossroads telecasts on local TV. She wrote that she had prayed with me and for the first time in her life she had the assurance of eternal life. Vern and I witnessed an amazing sight… 20 or more Roman Catholic sisters opening their hearts and minds to the assurance of salvation according to the promises of the Bible as shared with them by Protestants. It was quite shocking for us to see the Holy Spirit come upon these nuns as the Apostle Peter had seen at the home of the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, as recorded in Acts 10:34-48. This work of the Holy Spirit, I discovered, was happening all over the world. When we begin to read seriously and consistently God’s Word, we begin to think God’s thoughts, and as someone has said, “When a person begins to think, God has the advantage.”

Yours for reading (or listening) to God’s Word and for enthusiastically convincing others to do the same,


The Basilica centers around the Papal Altar where only the Pope celebrates Mass. It was consecrated by Clement VIII, June 5, 1594, on top of several other older altars. Rising above the altar is the baldacchino (95ft. canopy), Bernini’s masterpiece and first work in St. Peter’s. The ancient tomb where the Apostle Peter is said to be buried lies directly below the altar.

Artistic representation of Biblical stories and portrayals of important leaders seem to cover every square inch of St. Peter’s Basilica. John’s challenge was to try to put the visuals he saw in his visions into words. The artists such as Michelangelo had the opposite challenge. They sought to put words into visuals.

13 thoughts on “Saturday, May 21, 2016

  1. WOW!

    Such a powerful message (as usual.)

    I did tell our Wednesday morning Bible Study about your third two-year daily commitment to this blog.


  2. Unbelievably amazing message COMEON God Bless each and every Christian today with the strength and power of the holy spirit, God is so wonderful, Thank You Jesus.

  3. Dear David

    I have been out running this morning and while running I was praying for myself and also for you. In that inner unexplainable voice from the Lord He told me, David will be fine. Just that. He also told me to write you and let you know.
    Thank you for your faithfully baked fresh bread every morning. We love you David.


  4. Attended a Ladies’ Meeting in Maine today, just across the border and the Holy Spirit moved on us and in a spirit of contrition I for one shed many tears. Jesus hears, Jesus cares and He understands. “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”(Psalm 92:10). “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”(Psalm 29:11). Thank you Jesus, thank you Holy Spirit.

  5. Thank you Pastor David for your blog today. Interesting how you mentioned Quebec today. The lady speaker today with her husband and family minister in the Montreal area. Blessings!

  6. The Word of our God stands forever. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Praying for Your grace, Lord, amen.

    I call to remembrance my song in the night (Psalm 77:6).

    “Though the rain may fall and the wind be blowing,
    And old and chill is the wintry blast;
    Though the cloudy sky is still cloudier growing,
    And the dead leaves tell that the summer has passed;
    My face I hold to the stormy heaven,
    My heart is as calm as the summer sea,
    Glad to receive what my God has given,
    Whate’er it be.
    When I feel the cold, I can say, ‘He sends it,’
    And His winds blow blessing, I surely know;
    For I’ve never a want but that He attends it;
    And my heart beats warm, though the winds may blow.”
    from Streams in the Desert, May 20

  7. Can someone please resume 100 words to my mailbox? I haven’t received it for awhile. So appreciated, thank you. Looking forward to another round through the bible!!! Telling alot of my friends………, praying that many more will come to be with all of us on a daily basis. Can only imagine how Jesus-crazy we will all be in two years from now!! Never dreamed that Revelations would be so interesting. Amen and Amen!!!Xo

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