God’s righteous acts revealed!

Scripture reading for December 19th:  Micah 4-6, Revelation 15

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 15:3-4 “And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are Your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!  Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations!  Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your Name?  For You alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship You,  for Your righteous acts have been revealed.”  

John sees a group of martyrs who are now in heaven.  These have overcome the beast and they have harps ready to worship.  Their song is part of the ancient song of Moses, sung by Israel after their great deliverance from the pursuing Egyptian army, as God drowned them all in the sea.  God’s marvelous deeds and amazing justice should cause all to worship Him.

Micah 6:7-8  “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?  Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice; and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” 

Prayer:  Lord,  thank You for Your righteous acts throughout history and Your Word.  You alone are worthy of worship now and for eternity.  May I walk humbly with You daily.  Amen.

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The Hour of Judgment Arrives!

Scripture reading for December 18th: Jonah 4, Micah 1-3, Revelation 14

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 14:6-7 “Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.  And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.””

God would rather forgive than judge mankind for their sins.  During the final great tribulation, God sends an angel to proclaim the eternal Gospel to all who still dwell on the earth.  This Gospel commands all men from every tribe and nation and language group to fear God and worship Him as creator.  This angel also announced that the hour of judgment had arrived.  All would stand before the Creator and answer for their deeds and failure to heed the Gospel.

Jonah 4:11 “And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

Micah 1:2-3 “”Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from His holy temple.  For behold, the Lord is coming out of His place, and will come down and tread on the high places of earth.””

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great care for those on earth and Your warnings to all the earth of the coming judgment.  Thank You for even caring for the cattle!  Amen!

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Heaven-dwellers rejoice!

Scripture reading for December 17th:  Jonah 1-3, Revelation 13

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 13:1, 5-8 “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.   . . . And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.  It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.  Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  Authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”

Earth dwellers don’t know about heaven and live by their flesh under the control of the devil.  Those living in heaven, marked on earth by the Holy Spirit are persecuted by the earth dwellers.  In the last days, a beast-like ruler will arise and be allowed to make war on the saints and conquer them.  The heaven-dwellers (saints) will not worship this beast, but keeping their vows, only worship the Lamb.

Jonah 2:9 “But I with a voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.  Salvation belongs to the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit and Your Word of truth.  I chose to worship You alone with thanksgiving!  Salvation belongs to the Lord Jesus alone!  Amen.

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Satan defeated!

Scripture reading for December 14th: Amos 7-9, Obadiah, Revelation 12

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 12:7-8, 10  “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon.  And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.  . . .  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,”Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.  And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”  

John describes a war in heaven between the dragon (the devil or Satan) and Michael, the protecting angel of Israel.  The dragon lost access to heaven where he had accused God’s people before the throne.  He was hurled down to earth along with the evil angels (demons) who followed his rebellion.  But Satan had no power over God’s people.  They overcame him by dependence on Christ Jesus’ blood and their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord!

Amos 9:11-12 “”In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My Name,”  declares the Lord who does this.”

Prayer: Thank You for being faithful to Your people and for Your justice in heaven and on earth.  Help me to overcome the evil one by Christ’s blood and my testimony of faith.  Amen.

 

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God will Reign Forever!

Scripture reading for December 13th: Amos 4-6, Revelation 11

Key Scriptures: Revelation 11:15-18 “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, 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 shall reign forever and ever.”  And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, Who is and Who was, for You have  taken Your great power and begun to reign.”  

Trumpets were used in Israel to call people worship, to battle, or to announce God’s direction.  Here, the seventh trumpet that John heard brought an angelic announcement.  The kingdom of God and Christ had come in its fullness.  The God Who was,  Who is, and Who will be, is King forever!  As the announcement was made, God’s heavenly temple was opened and the ark of His Covenant was seen!  The prophets called the people to be ready!

Amos 5:14-15 “Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you as you have said.  Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”

Prayer:  Lord, I await the fullness of Your eternal reign!  Jesus is Lord of my life!  Help me today to order my steps in your pathway, to hate evil and love good and stay in Your grace through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

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Let the prophets sound forth!

Scripture reading for December 12th: Joel 3, Amos 1-3, Revelation 10

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 10:4-7  “And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”  And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to His servants the prophets.”  

God does nothing in judgment without revealing His plans to mankind through His servants.  Prophetic vision was given to John as encouragement to God’s people and warning to all mankind.  But God told John not to write down what the seven thunders said or revealed of the end-time plan.  This will unfold in its time, when the seventh trumpet would sound during the great tribulation.

Amos 3:6-7 “Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid?  Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?  “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing Your plans and the coming judgment of all mankind.  Let me speak prophetically to my generation!  Amen.

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Blow the trumpet!

Scripture reading for December 11th: Hosea 14, Joel 1-2, Revelation 9

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 9:18, 20-21  “By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths”.  . . . “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” 

In John’s vision, the sixth angel blew his trumpet and four bound angels were released near the great Euphrates river.  The fact that they were bound implies that they were under God’s judgment and control.  Their task was to initiate a judgment on earth that would kill a third of earth’s population.  This was done by fire, smoke and sulfur.  After a third were killed, the rest of earth’s inhabitants still did not repent of idolatry or immorality and other terrible sins against God and man.

Joel  2:1-2 “Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!”

Prayer:  Lord Almighty, help me to sound the alarm and share the good news of a way of salvation for all mankind who will repent.  I know that this day is coming, for Your word is true!  Amen.

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Prayers go up; heaven comes down!

Scripture reading for December 10th:  Hosea 10-13, Revelation 8

Key Scriptures: Revelation 8:2-5 “Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.  And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.  Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.”  

The prayers of the saints rise before God’s throne, like sweet incense.  Angelic beings stand at attention to respond to God as He directs answers to the cry of His people.  As heaven responds, there are effects on earth and its people.  The relationship of prayer, God’s throne, angels, and the fire of God’s passionate love brings holy awe and trembling in heaven and on earth!

Hosea 9:7  “The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I am humbled in holy awe by the prayers of the saints and heaven’s attention and response.  My prayer for mercy goes up for those on the earth, knowing a day of recompense is soon to come.  Amen.

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Sheltered with His Presence!

Scripture reading for December 7th:  Hosea 7-9, Revelation 7

Key Scriptures: Revelation 7: 13-15  “Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”  I said to him, “Sir, you know.”  And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.  They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will shelter them with His Presence.””

John has been in God’s throne room and was given a vision of multitudes worshiping God dressed in white.  One of the elders gave him insight about their identity and where they had come from.  These were martyrs coming out of the great tribulation time, a time of final judgment on the world.  They had trusted in Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God and been clothed in white.  These were fully committed and worshiped God day and night.

Hosea 8:7  “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.  The standing grain has not heads; it shall yield no flour; were it to yield, strangers would devour it.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for vision into Your plans for the future for Israel as well as those who put their trust in Jesus Christ.  Keep me from sowing the wind and shelter me with Your Presence today and forever.  Amen.

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Who can stand?

Scripture reading for December 6th:  Hosea 3-6, Revelation 6

Key Scriptures: Revelation 6:15-16  “Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of Their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

John is describing the opening of the seven seals on the scroll that was taken by the Lamb.  With the opening of each seal in heaven, earth was shaken by heavenly messengers and the power of the words from the One on the Throne.  Those on earth, from the kings to the slaves, cried out to the rocks and mountains for covering as they sensed the coming judgment and wrath of God.

Hosea 6:5-6 “Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth, and My judgment goes forth as the light.  For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge  of God rather than burnt offerings.”  

Prayer:  Lord, religion can’t save on the day of wrath.  I thank You for Your steadfast love through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Through Him alone we can know You and stand in the day of wrath. Amen.

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