“Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.””
Revelation 18:21-24 NKJV
The greatest Thanksgiving
It is Thanksgiving morning. This day does not stand out in my life, especially, for each day is one of giving thanks to my Lord for yet another day to serve Him. This morning, though, I was reminded that, even as we celebrate, there are many in the world, and even in our communities, for whom this is not the a day of thanks.
I awoke to stories of parents selling their young daughters in exchange for money to buy food in Afghanistan, of some of those same parents giving tranquilizers to their kids so that they sleep, and not cry out in hunger.
As I considered the coming year, with all the forecasts of economic trouble, I wondered whether we will be as thankful next year.
Then I considered my God.
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV
Because of our sin, from the fall of Adam, who submitted in a moment of weakness to the counsel of his deceived wife, we live in a world that has been all but demolished, and a twisted version of what our Lord created.
All the realities of these times darkened my countenance until I remembered the Lord. I felt like Jonah, descending into the troubling sea, in the belly of a big fish.
““When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.””
Jonah 2:7-9 NKJV
Salvation is of the Lord.
Right on cue, the Lord lifted me, as I pored through my days chapters, and I read of that soon coming day when there will be the beginning of recompense for all the evil that has come on the world.
In due time, the system that has so enslaved humanity will be done away with in one hour. The Harlot, the system that began with Nimrod at Babel, and spread throughout the earth, will be no more.
That day will be the greatest Thanksgiving.
In the times that we are living in, we recoil in horror daily as we see the destruction of her influence, as young and old alike are drawn into all manner of sin and debauchery, filled with murder and death. Her filth has entered all aspects of life, as even the modern church has been influenced.
But her days are numbered.
“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.””
Revelation 18:1-3 NKJV
The Lord has ordained that the one she desires the most, Satan, will be he who destroys her. All the evils that we now see will be swept away, along with all those who have benefitted from her many fornications. Every sinful endeavor will be addressed, every dark legacy erased as the Harlot and her influence is destroyed.
As we eat, let us pause and consider those for whom this is not a day of thanks, and pray for the power to go and tell them about Jesus.
This year will be filled with turmoil, as so many economic trials are going to come. Let us set our minds on the true source of thanksgiving, on the Lord who has saved us from our sins.
The work we do is not for comfort in these present times, but for eternal victory in the times to come. The Harlot will be gone. The pain of this world will be gone. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will be gone, Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years, and he too will be cast into the lake of fire, to never influence the world again.
Let us prepare ourselves, being built up in the promises found in the Scriptures, and prayerful, that we face all that is to come with forward thinking, rejoicing in advance of what the Lord is going to do.
Every day will be Thanksgiving!
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.””
Revelation 21:1-5 NKJV
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