TUESDAY, JULY 17
Scripture: Revelation 19:11-15
In Revelation 19:11-15 we are told, “ 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. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” Verse 15 makes it quite obvious that He has a sharp sword, rules with a rod of iron and is judging evil. In Revelation 19, He is severely judging evil because it is proliferating in the earth at a dramatic and rapid pace. He is judging it and that means the church that represents Him must judge it also. A church that does not have access to the rod of iron is not representing the living Christ. A sweet and loving people who refuse to judge are nicer than God and do not represent Him. Such a group falls tragically short of the church who will bring in the end-time harvest. Country-club Christianity is without a judicial element and cannot be the church that the apostles gave their life to birth. The church that Paul gave his life for has the rod of iron and has the Sword of the Spirit. Where is our sword?