Morning Devotion: Read Acts 1
Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12 ¶Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
The word of God tells us that the Lord will return the same way as the disciples had seen Him go. He will one day return just as He left and in the same place.
The mount of olives is the very place where the disciples were standing when Jesus arose. It will be the very same place when He returns.
When He comes back, look out. He will touch that mountain and it will split right in half. God’s power over this old world will be on open display. Zechariah 14 is the fulfilment of the word the disciples received.
Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
After the tribulation Jesus will return with great power and glory and the earth will be subdued before Him. That is when He descends to the mount of Olives.
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
The disciples heard the words spoken by the angels, and Jesus will fulfill those very words, to the letter.
I hope you are saved and ready for the Lord to return. There may be some who will not be saved. I pity those who are not saved when the tribulation begins, they will suffer great lost and great terror. They will be subject to the ravages of the devil and the punishment of the Lord. How tragic.
These disciples received the command from the very place where Jesus ascended; they worshiped and praised and departed to Jerusalem.
Acts 1:12 ¶Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
The bible says they traveled from Olivet to Jerusalem which was a Sabbath’s days journey. A Sabbaths day’s journey was about two miles. The children of Israel were not to travel or do work on the Sabbath, it was to be a day of worship. Any travels had to be close. These disciples walked about two miles, which would be equal to eight times around a track at your local school, it was not far.
The twelve disciples (listed above) were obedient to the word of God. Guess what they did; they, along with Mary Jesus’ mother and other women, prayed and made supplication. Those words are interesting, prayer in this case is addressing God or giving God glory and paise and honour. Supplications are making requests of God.
I wonder how many people have prayed without ever honoring God, adoring God and giving Him the praises, He deserves.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
1 Chronicles 16:28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
When you pray give God the glory due His name then pray with supplications.
One prayer God desires to hear is the prayer of repentance and acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Saviour, all based on the fact that one believes in Jesus to save them.
The choice is still yours,