Verse 17 (NASB)
International Version God's WordTM
"We give Thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and
wast, because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign.
All our worship of God should begin with THANKS.
"We give Thee Thanks,
O Lord God, the Almighty,
This is the fullest, most majestic title of God. There is no doubt to
WHOM this thanksgiving is directed. Recall that Satan wanted Jesus to
WORSHIP him in
Luke 4:7. In return, Satan would give Jesus the kingdoms of
earth (now belongs to Christ, verse
King James Version adds 'who art to come'. BUT He has come and
because Thou hast taken Thy great POWER
This is the same POWER that was promised to us in Acts
There is a time (we are living in it now), where Satan is permitted to
REIGN or be ruler over the earth. During this period, Jesus' wish is
that none should perish (2
3:9), but with the seventh trumpet (third woe), the time for
repentence is over. Christ has begun to REIGN.
The STONE of Daniel
2:31-35 and Daniel
2:40-44-45 is in the process of crushing kingdoms. It takes
POWER to accomplish this (Luke
12:5). Jesus prayed that this POWER to REIGN would be given
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References to the Revelation of Jesus
Christ are in bold italics. All
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