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The Free State of Glory, Part 33 – The Reward of Believers (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 22:10-13

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 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.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 33) — The Reward of Believers

We often think of Heaven as a place where we go to receive rewards. But in Revelation 22:12 Jesus tells us, “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” The Greek word translated as “reward” means “dues paid for work; the fruit naturally resulting from toils and endeavours.”

Regarding this verse, John Walvoord writes, “Added here is the promise that the Lord is bringing His reward when He comes, that is, that believers will be rewarded at that time. This verse has in view the judgment seat of Christ as it relates to the Christian. The same standard is established for reward here as in 2 Corinthians 5:11, namely, that of works. It is noteworthy, however, that all final judgments relate to works whether they are in connection with Christians who are being rewarded or the unsaved who are being punished. God, the righteous judge, will deal with all men’s works in the proper time and order.”

While our works do not dictate our salvation, the rewards we receive as saved people are tied to the work we do. The Greek word for work is “ergon,” from which we derive the word “energy.” Our “work” as believers is what we expend energy to accomplish. How are you using your energy every day? Are you using it just for yourself? Are you using it for the world and the devil? Are you using any of it for God? Isn’t it amazing how we often grow tired and weary when engaged in the Lord’s work, but have no such problems when engaged in things that we like to do?

Some might say, “We ought not to serve God for what we get in return.” And that is true. But, Jesus encourages us to lay up treasure for ourselves in Heaven. When we get up in the morning, we ought to say, “What can I do for the kingdom of Heaven today? What can I do to advance the cause of Christ?” Of course, we must spend time maintaining our lives in this world, but as much as possible, we ought to be engaged in spiritual work with eternal dividends.

The Bible only hints at what the rewards of the State of Glory will be. We know that we will receive eternal life. The New Testament mentions five heavenly “crowns” that believers can receive. We know that many will receive the blessing of serving under Christ in His government. But the rewards of Heaven extend even farther than this. Paul reminds us, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

William G. Schell wrote:

Life on earth is but a vapor,
Soon we’ll lay these bodies down;
But if we continue faithful,
We shall wear the victor’s crown—
Brighter than the stars of heaven,
Brighter than the dazzling sun,
We shall shine among the ransomed,
When our work on earth is done.

Let us then be up and doing,
We have but a few more days,
Priceless souls of men to rescue
From their dark and sinful ways;
Courage, brother, work and suffer,
Till this fleeting life is past;
God will recompense our labors
With a great reward at last.

I hope that you are ready for the day of the Lord. And if you aren’t, I invite you to get ready today by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the salvation of your soul from sin and from Hell. Allow me to show you how you can do that right now.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Free State of Glory (Part 32)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 22:10-13

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 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.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 32)

At the end of the Revelation, the angel gives John a command. He says, “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” Revelation has typically been seen as a book of mystery and hidden meanings, hard to understand and apply to real life. In the Old Testament, prophets such as Daniel were commanded to “shut up the vision: for it shall be for many days.” But John is told not to seal up the vision, but to let it remain open for all to see. Why? Because “the time is at hand.”

God is not trying to hide the events of the end times from us. He wants us to know what is about to happen so we can be prepared. For the Christian, this means being conscious of what is going on in the world, and, most importantly, living in such a way that he is ready for Christ to come at any moment. Revelation also serves as a warning for the world in the end times — that the window is closing for it to repent and get right with God.

This is further emphasized in the angel’s next words: “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.” The idea here is that with the abundance of warnings against the wicked and blessings for the righteous in Revelation, those who have not come over to God’s side will likely not do so. They have wasted their time. There is nothing more that can be said to persuade them. John Walvoord said, “If the warnings of this book are not sufficient, there is no more that God has to say.”

We know from the Old Testament that God is long-suffering and that He will delay judgment a long time. But, after He has said and done all that He will say and do, He leaves it up to people to decide. It is sad, but by this point, it is likely that those who are unjust and filthy have made up their minds to remain as they are. They will not change no matter what type of warning they receive. Likewise, those who are righteous and holy will be ready to meet the Lord when He comes. May we all decide now to be of the latter disposition.

Bob Dylan, the recently awarded Nobel prize-winning songwriter, wrote a song titled, “Are You Ready?”

Are you ready to meet Jesus?
Are you where you ought to be?
Will He know you when He sees you
Or will He say, “Depart from Me”?

When destruction cometh swiftly
And there’s no time to say farewell,
Have you decided whether you want to be
In heaven or in hell?

Have you got some unfinished business?
Is there something holding you back?
Are you thinking for yourself
Or are you following the pack?

Are you ready for the judgment?
Are you ready for that terrible sword?
Are you ready for Armageddon?
Are you ready for the day of the Lord?

I hope that you are ready for the day of the Lord. And if you aren’t, I invite you to get ready today by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the salvation of your soul from sin and from Hell. Allow me to show you how you can do that right now.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Free State of Glory (Part 31): Worship God Alone, Part 2


TEXT: Revelation 22:8-9

8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 31): Worship God Alone

By way of review, last week, we learned from John’s testimony of the truth of the revelation he received. Just as in John’s day, there are many who claim to have divine revelation, but who do not. We must be careful about who we listen to and measure everything by the Word of God.[

As John the Revelator neared the end of his vision of the end times, he became so overwhelmed by the message that he had received that he fell down and began to worship the angel who was showing him the vision. The Bible says that the angel immediately rebuked him, saying, “I am thy fellowservant… Worship God.”

We might say to ourselves that John should know better than to worship an angel. We might consider such commands to worship only God the most basic commands in the Bible. But, there is a lot of worship of “fellowservants” going on in the church today (not to mention the worship of celebrities, politicians, culture, and human pursuits that goes on in the world). Over 50 years ago, John Lennon declared that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Well, the Beatles are gone and Jesus is still here. But there still seem to be some people who are vying to be “more popular than Jesus.” And, unfortunately, many in the church are facilitating this worship of man more than the Messiah.

John Pavlovitz said the “modern Christian Church culture has become the newest star machine, churning out a seemingly endlessly supply of overstyled, attractive, charismatic men and women of God, who are perfectly bred for mass consumption. They seem totally fine with soaking up the spotlight and getting the lion’s share of the glory, leaving Jesus as only a quiet, gracious runner-up. We see entire churches built entirely upon a personality cult, with pastors spoken of in hushed, reverent tones, as if they were vying for a spot in the Trinity itself.”

The Christian leaders of today need to follow the angel’s example and remind themselves and those under their influence that they are just “fellowservants” and “brethren” within the household of God. And, like John, all of us need to resist the temptation to worship others in ministry, no matter how mightily God may be using them. The honor of worship belongs to God alone. It is He who enables and empowers His servants to speak His words and to do His work in the world. Worship God alone.

We would do well to remember the words of Psalm 95, put to hymn by Michael Perry:

Come, worship God, who is worthy of honor;
enter God’s presence with thanks and a song!
You are the rock of your people’s salvation,
to whom our jubilant praises belong.

Ruled by your might are the heights of the mountains;
held in your hands are the depths of the earth.
Yours is the sea, yours the land, for you made them,
God above all gods, who gave us our birth.

We are your people, the sheep of your pasture;
you are our Maker, and to you we pray.
Gladly we kneel in obedience before you;
great is the one whom we worship this day!

To those who don’t know God, who is worthy of all worship, I invite you to get to know Him today. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to make a way for you to begin a relationship with Him, guaranteeing the salvation of your soul and an eternal home in Heaven. Allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation today:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Free State of Glory (Part 30): Worship God Alone


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 22:6-7

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The Free State of Glory (Part 29): Jesus is Coming Quickly. What Do We Do in the Meantime?

In these verses, John testifies to the truth of his revelation. He lived in a day when rogue writers were producing literature falsely attributed to the apostles of our Lord. Others were writing and distributing literature that purported to be part of divine revelation, but was nothing more than man’s imagination. John, the beloved disciple, wants his readers to know that he alone has seen and heard the Revelation of Jesus Christ and that he himself wrote down that message to give to the churches. So, he says, “I John saw these things and heard them.” We, too, live in a day when there is much false teaching under the guise of divine revelation. We must be careful that we only heed the words of Scripture and those whose message aligns with Scripture.

John, overwhelmed by the things he had witnessed in the Spirit, “fell down” at the feet of the angel who had shown him the visions, and began to worship. The angel, of course, refuses such worship telling him, “See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” Dr. John Ellicott comments, “Wonder and awe took possession of John, and for the second time he was about to offer unlawful homage to the angel. This twice offered and twice refused worship is full of teaching. To render to all their due is wise, seemly, and Christ-like; but to offer exaggerated homage to any is to invert God’s order, and to degrade by pretending to exalt man, whose true glory is that he is God’s creation.”

We might consider such commands to worship only God the most out-of-date commands in the Bible. But, there is a lot of worship of “fellowservants” going on in the church today (not to mention the worship of celebrities, politicians, culture, and human pursuits that goes on in the world). Over 50 years ago, John Lennon declared that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Well, the Beatles are gone and Jesus is still here. But there still seem to be some people who are vying to be “more popular than Jesus.” And, unfortunately, many in the church are facilitating this worship of man more than the Messiah.

If you want to be taken up in the rapture to live in Heaven with Christ and God, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Free State of Glory (Part 29): Jesus is Coming Quickly. What Do We Do in the Meantime?


TEXT: Revelation 22:6-7

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The Free State of Glory (Part 29): Jesus is Coming Quickly. What Do We Do in the Meantime?

Warren Wiersbe said, “Heaven is more than a destination; it is a motivation. Knowing that we shall dwell in the heavenly city ought to make a difference in our lives here and now. The vision of the heavenly city motivated the patriarchs as they walked with God and served Him. Knowing that He was returning to the Father in heaven also encouraged Jesus Christ as He faced the cross. The assurance of heaven must not lull us into complacency or carelessness, but spur us to fulfill our spiritual duties.”

Ever since the founding of the Church, there have been periods throughout history when much of the world’s population thought the world was coming to an end and many Christians thought Jesus was coming back. The early church always believed that Jesus would return “soon”, and they saw the destruction of the Temple in AD 70 as a major symbol pointing to that. In the Middle Ages, the Church in Europe saw the Muslim conquerors taking over the Eastern Roman Empire as a sign of the end of the world. World War I and World War II were also considered harbingers of the apocalypse. In every generation — and now in ours — the world has wondered if the end is nigh, and Christians have wondered about how soon Christ will come.

This, of course, is due to the numerous statements in the New Testament from Christ’s own words that indicate that He will return “quickly” or “soon.” In this very passage, He says, “Behold, I come quickly” — and this was 2,000 years ago! What could He possibly mean? The Greek word translated as “quickly” means swift, at once, or speedily. The meaning of the word is intended for us to understand that when Christ comes, it will happen suddenly and swiftly. There will be no time to prepare.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Confirming both the truth and possibility of comprehending the prophecies previously given, the angel told John that the words of this book are trustworthy and true. The purpose of these communications is not to bewilder and confuse but to reveal many of the things that must soon take place. This directly contradicts the point of view of many scholars that the Book of Revelation is an imponderable mystery for which no key is available today. This book is the Word of God and not the vague imaginations of John. In addition it is intended to describe future events. When taken in its literal, ordinary meaning, this is exactly what it does, even though much of Revelation is written in symbolic form. The Word of God was not given to be obscure. It was given to be understood by those taught by the Spirit. The theme of Revelation is stated again in verse 7: Behold, I am coming soon! Also He is coming quickly. The Greek word tachy may be translated “soon” or “quickly”, and from the divine standpoint both are true. The coming of Christ is always soon from the standpoint of the saints’ foreview of the future, and when it occurs, it will come suddenly or quickly. Accordingly a special blessing is pronounced on those who believe and heed the prophecy of the book. As stated earlier, this last book of the Bible, so neglected by the church and with its meanings confused by many expositors, contains more promises of blessing than any other book of Scripture.”

Speaking of the quickness of Christ’s coming, John Piper said, “When the New Testament speaks of the Lord being ‘near’ or ‘at the gates’ or ‘at hand,’ it is not teaching a necessary time frame for the Lord’s appearance. Rather, it’s saying that Christ, the long-expected Messiah, has come, once for all, decisively, in his life and death and resurrection, fighting the major battle. He has set in motion an end time process of gathering messianic people. He has fulfilled many end time prophecies. We are in the last days — we have been for two thousand years — and therefore Jesus is like a king in complete control, standing with his army outside the city, waiting to take it captive. Nothing can stand between him and that capture except his own choice.”

Whenever the Lord chooses to return, He will do so without hesitation. In the meantime, we are to “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Those who do so are “blessed.” What does it mean to “keep” the sayings of Revelation? When we say that we are “keeping the ten commandments,” we mean that we are obeying the commandments and allowing them to influence our lives. In the same way, we ought to allow the prophecies of Revelation to influence our lives. These words are more than just the subject of Bible studies and theological debate. We must live in light of these words, holding close to our hearts the reality that Jesus could return today. Every day, we must live as if Jesus could come back at any moment.

William M. Runyan wrote:

From Olive’s Hill, the multitude upgazing,
Beheld, until the Savior passed from view;
But radiant heralds uttered words of promise,
He Who has gone shall come again to you.

Again, but not in weakness or in sorrow;
Again, but not for bitter pain and loss;
The Son of God shall come in glory splendid,
Again, but not to bear shame’s bitter cross.

Again, again, the nations shall behold Him!
Again, again, enrobed in majesty;
In clouds of glory every eye shall see Him,
Again, again, the King of Glory see!

If you want to be taken up in the rapture to live in Heaven with Christ and God, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Free State of Glory (Part 28)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 22:1-7

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The Free State of Glory (Part 28)

Verses 6 and 7 of our passage begin what commentators have called the “epilogue” of Revelation. From here on out, John affirms the message that he received from Jesus and challenges saints to live in light of “the things which must shortly be done.” Dr. Ed Hindson writes, “The concept of ‘witness’ or ‘testimony’ is central to John’s writings. The combination of ‘faithful and true’ appears four times in the Revelation. The threefold witness of the angel, John, and Jesus is intended to assure the reader of the validity and authenticity of the prophecy of the Revelation. It is this assurance that will be necessary to encourage future believers to hold true to their testimonies.”

How wonderful it is to have some assurance in this world of uncertainty! Imagine holding a thick book that appears to be full of blank pages. But if you flip to the very end, you will see that the ending has already been written. Today, we are living in the blank pages of history. In politics, in the economy, in relations between nations, in everyday life, there is a lot of uncertainty. Many in the news have commented that we can barely digest one breaking news story before there is another one demanding our attention. No one knows what tomorrow brings.

But, in God’s Word, we find the endgame for the world. Of course, some would say that no one can know how the world will end — especially with so many blank pages between now and then. How can the Revelation be accurate? How can John’s writing be “faithful and true”? We know the Revelation is true because “the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must be done.” Robert Thomas comments, “The relation of the Epilogue to the Prologue demonstrate cohesion and rationality of thought that make this work a superior literary production. This is not the work of some wild-eyed fanatic. Nor is it the babblings of some incoherent idiot. The Revelation is the finest apocalyptic literature ever written. It is purely inspired genius from start to finish.”

The “genius” behind the Revelation is God Himself, infinitely wise and ultimately trustworthy. It is He and His Son who claim the title “Faithful and True.” It is they who will pull the strings of the world and conduct the orchestra of the end times. No matter what history is written on the blank pages between now and then, it will all end up happening just as God says it will. And what’s more? It will happen “shortly.” The term means soon or suddenly. We don’t know when or how the Revelation will start to be played out on the world stage. But we do know that the pieces are being put in place even now, and when the events of the last days begin to happen, they will take the world by storm — beginning with the Rapture, the vanishing of saints from the earth. That is something we can look forward to happening shortly.

One hymnist wrote:

When our Lord comes in glory and we’re raptured to His side,
When that bright and glorious moment we shall see,
We shall know our dear Bridegroom as He comes to take His Bride,
And He’ll know the Bride He’s loved so tenderly.

Even now in the Spirit He reveals Himself to us,
And His Person dear we’ve learned to recognize.
But our eyes shall behold Him—O what rapture glorious
When we gaze on Him unveiled in the skies!

In the meetings of the churches He’s unveiled increasingly—
O the joy unspeakable and glory too!
As the meetings grow higher we’re expecting soon to see
The full glory of our Lord come into view.

If you want to be taken up in the rapture to live in Heaven with Christ and God, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Free State of Glory (Part 27): A Place Where We Will Reign With the Lord



TEXT: Revelation 22:1-7

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The Free State of Glory (Part 27): A Place Where We Will Reign With the Lord

The Book of Revelation is often thought of as a book full of terror, judgment, and messages of doom for those of us upon whom, as Paul said, “the ends of the world have come.” But John the Revelator was equally compelled to wax poetic on the joys, beauties, and rewards of the State of Glory where we will live after the end of this world. A multitude of themes about Heaven are expressed and revisited — each one deep enough that it could spawn a book of its own. The myriad of Heaven’s joys include the removal of the sin curse, the privilege of seeing God’s face, the Heavenly Father placing His name in our foreheads, and the absence of darkness.

Now, as John moves toward the close of his book, he mentions another aspect of Heaven that inspires awe and humility. He writes, “and they [the saints] shall reign for ever and ever.” The Greek word translated as reign means “to exercise kingly power, influence, or control.” This word is used several times in the New Testament. We read in one place that “sin reigned.” And, in another place, that “death reigned.” But, in Heaven, God will reign, Christ will reign, and we will reign with them. Of course, we will not be equal to God or Christ, but we, as Christ’s servants, will have duties and responsibilities in the free State of Glory.

Philip Schaff writes, “John’s transition to reigning is sudden, almost startling, for we have been reading only of ‘service’ thus far. Yet it is eminently characteristic of John, who constantly delights at the close of a passage to return to his earlier steps, and to close as he had begun. He has reached the consummation of the happiness of the saints of God, and it can only remind him of his very earliest words, an echo of which has run through the whole of the Apocalypse: ‘And he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto God the Father.'”

For the believer, reigning with Christ is not just about having administrative authority in His kingdom. It also signifies our final triumph over sin and death. No longer will we be weighed down by the struggles and trials of mortal life. In the State of Glory, we will truly be those who have “overcome the world.” As Revelation 3:21 reminds us, we will ‘sit with the Lord in His throne, even as He also overcame, and sat down with His Father in His throne.’ Sitting not only signifies being at rest, but it also signifies authority. Presidents stand to speak, kings sit to speak. When Jesus finished His ministry on Earth and His passion on the cross, He “sat down at the right hand of the Father.” What a privilege it will be for us to one day sit with Him!

You and I both know the pleasure of sitting down to a good meal and a little TV time at the end of a long, hard day. Imagine that feeling for an eternity. No more trouble. No more hurrying to and fro. No more painful labor in fruitless, mortal endeavours. We will sit down with Christ and reign with Him!

Isaac Watts wrote:

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Doth his successive journeys run;
His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Him shall endless prayer be made.
And princes throng to crown His head,
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.

Blessings abound where’er He reigns:
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.

If you want to reign in Heaven with Christ and God, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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