The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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I Heard a Loud Voice from the Throne
By Michael Zaucha

 
The gospel of the the kingdom of God is that of glad tidings of good things to come. The Holy Spirit will search out these things––“yea, the deep things of God”––and reveal them to the saints of the Most High God (I Cor. 2:10). In doing so, the Comforter will encourage the hearts of those enduring the good fight of faith by revealing the truth about the ages to come.
The Reward to Those Who Seek God. To those who seek Almighty God by faith through His Son, God will abundantly reward (Heb. 11:6). While the fullness of this reward is still to come, God will give “the comers” a taste of the good things to come, even now. For through our Lord Jesus Christ, we will be given to see “Him who is invisible” (Heb.11:27). To those who seek God through His Way, this will be a good and profitable endeavor––one that will carry over into the ages to come––for God Himself will commend and undergird this work.
 
In the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews, God has taken notice of those who sought Him by faith. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah––all are commended by God for their desiring the “better country,” “a heavenly one” (Heb.11:13-16). These all desired to be in the place where God is, and, therefore, confessed that they were but strangers and pilgrims on this earth, and made it clear––this present evil world held absolutely nothing for them. Therefore, they were about seeking “the better country, the heavenly one”––where God is! Now their confession was neither based on ignorance nor speculation––rather it is declared of these saints that they were those “having seen” (Heb. 11:13). By faith, they saw Him! And it was in their seeing Him by faith that enabled these saints to endure to the end (Heb. 11:27). To those who seek God through His Way, God is so well pleased that He “is not ashamed to be called their God” (Heb. 11:16). The Promise to the Saints of Today. Our God is the One “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (Jam. 1:17). His promises carry the same weight even today and are to be taken hold of––believed and walked in––by all the saints. There has been no diminishing of the abundance of God’s grace. The chambers of His good storehouse have not been depleted. For anyone who draws near to God through Jesus will be granted “exceeding great and precious promises” (Heb. 7:25; II Pet. 1:2-4). God will reveal to His people––of today––the better country, the heavenly one, in order to assist us in fighting our fight of faith.
And just as it was with the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, our admonition as well is to “keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Col.3:1). For it is our drawing near to God, to the throne of grace, wherein we obtain the mercy and find the grace to help in our time of need (Heb. 4:16). For it is God, and Him alone, Who “giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength” (Isa. 40:29). It is in our seeing Him, considering Him, that we do not grow weary and lose heart (Heb.12:2-3). The Good News Declared From the Throne. Therefore, God Himself will declare this glorious news of the world to come directly from the throne. There will be no angel entrusted with this message to bring to men. Rather, God Himself will declare this glad tiding of the most wonderful promise to come. “I heard a great voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God’” (Rev.21:3). “I will be his God, and he shall be My son” (Rev. 21:7). Amidst all the imagery associated with this book of the Revelation, God will declare the truth of what He has accomplished in Christ Jesus in a declaration so clear and precise that no one will be able to miss it. For there is coming a day––a day in which will be but the beginning of Almighty God dwelling with His people––forevermore! For it was for this very purpose that God had sent our Lord Jesus Christ into the world––“to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10)––and to bring these all the way back into the presence of the Holy God (Heb. 2:10). This truly is the good news of the kingdom of God. In Christ, God has accomplished all His good pleasure, and He desires all to hear it––for this good news comes directly from the throne of God.
 

 

 
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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).