Never

 

I can have such a short term view of things.  God shows me time and again how constant and faithful He is in every situation: how everything He does in my life is carefully and patiently hand-tailored to bring me closer to His heart.

And yet I pause.  I look around and think “this has been wonderful, but can it really last?”  I stop and think that maybe it is time to “be sensible” and not live so much in hope for the future when the world now can seem so gray.

But then I start to imagine Heaven.  One day, there will be no more room for second-guessing, doubts, and timid sorrows.  Everything, everything, will finally be pure and good and joyful when it is reconciled to Jesus.

I really cannot even imagine things like never, forever, always, and eternity.  I trust in the Lord Who has never failed me, but I sit and stare into space, blinking and wondering how things could be only good all of the time, forever.  Only God could do that, but we know that He will.  His plan has been the same from the beginning.

It is lengthy, but here is a list of one hundred and ten of God’s nevers, forevers, and always. It is a sort of outline of His plan for us from the beginning, to remind us of the faithfulness and goodness of the One Who does not change as He draws us closer to our ultimate home with Him.

 

  1. The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. Genesis 8:21
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  2. I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:11
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  3. God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations. Exodus 3:15
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  4. But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again foreverExodus 14:13
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  5. The Lord shall reign forever and ever. Exodus 15:18
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  6. So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.  It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed. Exodus 31:16-17
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  7. Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons foreverDeuteronomy 5:29
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  8. The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29
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  9.  For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God foreverJoshua 4:24
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  10. Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you,'” Judges 2:1
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  11. But I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always1 Samuel 2:35
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  12. For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O Lord, have become their God. 2 Samuel 7:24
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  13. He is a tower of deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever2 Samuel 22:51
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  14. But King Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord forever1 Kings 2:45
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  15. But to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name. 1 Kings 11:36
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  16. Thus I will afflict the descendants of David for this, but not always1 Kings 11:39
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  17. So David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever.” 1 Chronicles 29:10
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  18. They sang, praising and giving thanks to the Lordsaying, “For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. Ezra 3:9
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  19. For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish foreverPsalm 9:18
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  20. He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. Psalm 15:5
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  21. You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures foreverPsalm 16:11
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  22. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. Psalm 19:9
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  23. He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever. Psalm 21:4
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  24. For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence. Psalm 21:6
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  25. The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live foreverPsalm 22:26
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  26. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord foreverPsalm 23:6
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  27. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Psalm 33:11
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  28. The Lord knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be foreverPsalm 37:18
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  29. As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence foreverPsalm 41:12
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  30. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. Psalm 45:6
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  31. For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death. Psalm 48:14
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  32. I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones. Psalm 52:9
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  33. Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22
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  34. He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah. Psalm 66:7
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  35. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion foreverPsalm 73:26
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  36. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger foreverPsalm 103:9
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  37. He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations, Psalm 105:8
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  38. He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. Psalm 111:9
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  39. For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered foreverPsalm 112:6
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  40. Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89
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  41. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and foreverPsalm 121:8
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  42. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and foreverPsalm 125:2
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  43. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever. Psalm 145:21
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  44. Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment. Proverbs 12:19
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  45. I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. Ecclesiastes 3:14
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  46. And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war. Isaiah 2:4
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  47. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:7
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  48. Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 10:20
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  49. “Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. Isaiah 26:4
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  50. And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence foreverIsaiah 32:17
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  51. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands foreverIsaiah 40:8
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  52. “Lift up your eyes to the sky, Then look to the earth beneath; For the sky will vanish like smoke, And the earth will wear out like a garment And its inhabitants will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not wane. Isaiah 51:6
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  53. Thus says your Lord, the Lord, even your God Who contends for His people, “Behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of reeling, The chalice of My anger; You will never drink it again. Isaiah 51:22
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  54. For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15
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  55. For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the breath of those whom I have made. Isaiah 57:16
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  56. “Then all your people will be righteous; They will possess the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified. Isaiah 60:21
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  57. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing And her people for gladness. Isaiah 65:18
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  58. They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, And they will be radiant over the bounty of the Lord— Over the grain and the new wine and the oil, And over the young of the flock and the herd; And their life will be like a watered garden, And they will never languish again. Jeremiah 31:12
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  59. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. Lamentations 3:22
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  60. Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. Daniel 2:20
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  61. But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. Daniel 4:34
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  62. But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come. Daniel 7:18
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  63. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3
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  64. I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, Hosea 2:19
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  65. The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied in full with them; And I will never again make you a reproach among the nations. Joel 2:19
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  66. Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel, And that I am the Lord your God, And there is no other; And My people will never be put to shame. Joel 2:27
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  67. And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war. Micah 4:3
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  68. Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; Pay your vows. For never again will the wicked one pass through you; He is cut off completely. Nahum 1:15
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  69. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
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  70. And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” Mark 2:12
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  71. and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end. Luke 1:33
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  72. but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. John 4:14
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  73. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
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  74. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh. John 6:51
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  75. And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him. John 8:29
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  76. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain foreverJohn 8:35
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  77. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death. John 8:51
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  78. Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.  John 9:32
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  79. and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28
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  80. and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:26
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  81. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever John 14:16
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  82. For David says of Him, “I saw the Lord always in my presence; For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.” Acts 2:25
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  83. knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. Romans 6:9
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  84. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
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  85. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:8
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  86. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4
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  87. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:6
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  88. Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. Colossians 4:12
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  89. We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; 1 Thessalonians 1:2
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  90. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17
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  91. But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:13
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  92. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17
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  93. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18
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  94. For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. Philemon 1:15-16
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  95. But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8
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  96. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
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  97. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5
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  98. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and foreverHebrews 13:8
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  99. For, All flesh is like grassAnd all its glory like the flower of grassThe grass withersAnd the flower falls off But the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word which was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25
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  100. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever1 John 2:17
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  101. to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:25
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  102. and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:6
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  103. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,  and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. Revelation 1:17-18
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  104. And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever,  the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:9-11
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  105. And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” Revelation 5:13
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  106. After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;  and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 7:9-12
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  107. Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15
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  108. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Revelation 20:10
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  109. I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.  In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;  and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;  and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:22-27
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  110. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:3-5

Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.
~Revelation 2:25

~by Stephanie H.

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