Moment of Transformation:
☐ Pray for the items listed in your Transformational Journal
☐ Pray for the transformation of the five individuals/families you chose
☐ Pray that the prodigal sons and daughters will be transformed by Christ’s GRACE
☐ Pray for your transformation in order to be more like Christ
Christ, The Conqueror
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11
When the third angel’s message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the guilty inhabitants of the earth. The people of God have accomplished their work. They have received “the latter rain,” “the refreshing from the presence of the Lord,” and they are prepared for the trying hour before them. Angels are hastening to and fro in heaven. An angel returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon the world, and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received “the seal of the living God.” Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lifts His hands and with a loud voice says, “It is done;” and all the angelic host lay off their crowns as He makes the solemn announcement: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11. Every case has been decided for life or death. Christ has made the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The number of His subjects is made up; “the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven,” is about to be given to the heirs of salvation, and Jesus is to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. Not now a “Man of Sorrows,” to drink the bitter cup of shame and woe, He comes, victor in heaven and earth, to judge the living and the dead. “Faithful and True,” “in righteousness He doth judge and make war.” And “the armies which were in heaven” (Revelation 19:11, 14) follow Him. With anthems of celestial melody the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng, attend Him on His way. The firmament seems filled with radiant forms—“ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” No human pen can portray the scene; no mortal mind is adequate to conceive its splendor. “His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light.” Habakkuk 3:3, 4. As the living cloud comes still nearer, every eye beholds the Prince of life. No crown of thorns now mars that sacred head; but a diadem of glory rests on His holy brow. His countenance outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun. “And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.” Revelation 19:16.
Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 614, 640
Quote of the Day “Our chaotic, confused world has no greater need than to hear the message of good news—the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Billy Graham
Did You Know?
It may seem strange that Christ wears many crowns. William Barclay points to 1 Maccabees 11:13 which mentions that when Ptolemy entered Antioch he wore two crowns or diadems—one to show that he was lord of Asia and one to show that he was lord of Egypt. This indicates that in John’s time “it was not uncommon for a monarch to wear more than one crown.
Jesus Christ is central to biblical history. The WORK OF CHRIST includes many roles, such as Creator (John 1:3), Sacrificial Lamb (John 1:29), Judge (John 5:22), Returning Saviour (John 14:1–3), Revealer of the Father’s character (John 14:9), Sender of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26), Saviour (Rom. 3:21–25), Giver of Eternal Life (Rom. 6:23), Risen Lord (1 Cor. 15:1–4), Substitute for Sinners (2 Cor. 5:21), Curse Bearer (Gal. 3:10–12), High Priest (Heb. 8:1–2), Sinner’s Advocate (1 John 2:1), Conqueror of Satan (Rev. 12:9–11), and Coming King (Rev. 19).
Dybdahl, J. L. (Ed.). (2010). Andrews Study Bible Notes (p. 1250). Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press.
From what is Jesus able to keep us? Jude 24, 25
This Week’s Homework