Scripture reading for January 1st: Matthew 1, Psalm 1, Proverbs 1 (Reading through the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs one chapter a day, five days each week in 2019–please join me in the trek!)
Key Scriptures: Matthew 1:18-21 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.””
The New Testament begins with a story that has its roots in the flow of the Old Testament. A genealogy from Abraham to Joseph begins the story. Joseph’s betrothal to Mary makes the story personal and about love. But Mary, a virgin, was pregnant before the marriage was consummated! Joseph had a plan, but angelic intervention brought needed information: the baby Mary carried was conceived by the Holy Spirit! The Name, “Jesus” was to be given to the child. He would save His people from sin! This story is made personal and current if you have believed in Him and received His love!
Faith’s Confession: I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was God’s Son in human flesh, and is my Savior from my sins.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Scripture reading for December 31st: Malachi 1-4 and Revelation 22
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:17-20 “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus!”
Jesus Christ ends the Revelation given to John with three “I am coming soon!” declarations. The Holy Spirit and the Bride(Christ’s Church) all are calling out to all men to “Come!” The message is simple. It must not be added to or taken away from! Old and New Testaments agree!
Malachi 4:1-3 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.”
Prayer: Lord, I long for Your coming. Thank You that it will be soon! Help me to offer the invitation to all You send me to. Amen.
Scripture reading for December 28th: Zechariah 11-14, Revelation 22
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:1-4 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face and His Name will be on their foreheads.”
John’s concluding chapter begins with a vision of the river of the water of life. It flowed from the throne of God and the Lamb and the tree of life was growing on its banks. The fruit was new every month, twelve kinds! The leaves were for healing of the nations. The water was crystal clear and pure, a source of refreshing and eternal life!
Zechariah 14:8-9 “On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be One and His Name One.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I long to see You face to face! Thank You for giving understanding to Your people through the prophesies of Scripture. We long to drink the living water and eat of the tree of life! Jesus, You are the source of eternal satisfaction! Amen.
Scripture reading for December 27th: Zechariah 7-10, Revelation 21
Key Scriptures: Revelation 21:2-4 “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be nor more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
As John continued to look and write, he saw a beautiful city, descending from heaven. This city looked like a bride adorned for her husband. A loud announcement from heaven stated that God would dwell with His people bringing eternal joy, comfort and peace. This would be the ultimate fulfillment of God’s desire and prophetic word to live with His people eternally!
Zechariah 8:7-8 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will save My people from the east country and from the west country, and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thank You for the vision of the prophetic Word made sure by Your own faithfulness and righteousness! I await the joy of being in Your presence for ever! Amen!
Scripture reading for December 26th: Zechariah 3-6, Revelation 20
Key Scriptures: Revelation 20:1-3 “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.”
John saw a mighty angel with a key and an amazing chain. This chain was to shackle the devil, that ancient serpent, for a thousand years. He was cast into the bottomless pit and it was sealed over. After the thousand years, he would again be released for a short time. Then the lake of fire would be his eternal hellish dwelling. God’s plan would be fully accomplished.
Zechariah 3:1-2 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke You! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?””
Prayer: Lord, thank You for rebuking Satan and plucking me from the fire of Your eternal wrath against sin and rebellion. Thank You for mighty angels to carry out Your judgments! Amen.
Scripture reading for December 25th: Haggai 2, Zechariah 1-2, Revelation 19
Key Scriptures: Revelation 19:6-9 “Then I hear what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”–for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.””
John hears the announcement from heaven of the arrival of the King of kings, accentuated by roaring of heavenly voices and thunder claps. The multitude was worshiping the Lord and rejoicing that the wedding supper of the Lamb had finally come. The Bride was made ready, dressed in pure white linen! John was told to write of the promised blessedness of all those invited to take part!
Zechariah 2:10-11 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you.”
Prayer: Lord, what a day that will be when we Your Bride see You coming! May our clothing be bright white and we dwell with You forever! Amen.
Scripture reading for December 24th: Zephaniah 1-3, Haggai 1, Revelation 18
Key Scriptures: Revelation 18:2-3 “And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.””
John saw another bright and shining angel come from heaven with an announcement for the earth. This angel announced the fall of the world system of religion, government and business under the control of Satan through Babylon. This corrupt counterfeit system was marked by God for destruction. It had corrupted the earth and all of its inhabitants. It was a home for demonic spirits of rebellion. It enslaved people in luxury, sensuality and materialism blinding them from knowledge of God Almighty, the Creator.
Zephaniah 1:17-18 “I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, I rely on Your mercy through Jesus Christ for deliverance from Your wrath, which I deserve. Help me to faithfully tell others of Your great mercy through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture reading for December 21st: Habakkuk 1-3, Revelation 17
Key Scriptures: Revelation 17:15-17 “And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out His purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.”
One of the seven angels who had the last seven bowls of God’s wrath came to John to help him understand what he was seeing. He explained the vision of the prostitute seated on many waters. The waters were the nations and the prostitute was the evil world system of Babylon who had ensnared the nations with idolatry and immorality. God was using this evil world system and the people who were caught in it to fulfill His purposes during the final judgment.
Habakkuk 3:12-14 “You marched through the earth in fury; You threshed the nations in anger. You went out for the salvation of Your people, the salvation of Your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, . . “
Prayer: Lord, You alone know the end from the beginning! Thank You for revealing Your great plan of salvation for Your people and punishment for the wicked. We wait for Your Word to be fulfilled! Amen.
Scripture reading for December 20th: Micah 7, Nahum 1-3, Revelation 16
Key Scriptures: Revelation 16:17-19 “The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there has never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of His wrath.”
John sees the seventh angel pour out the final bowl of the wrath of God into the atmosphere. From heaven, a loud voice announced the judgment as “It is done!” On earth, an earthquake was triggered that shook the earth and its cities and peoples more than any other before it. God especially remembered Babylon and made her drink and drain the cup of His wrath.
Micah 7:13 “But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds.”
Nahum 2:10 “Desolate! Desolation and ruin! Hearts melt and knees tremble; anguish is in all loins; all faces grow pale!”
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that Your final judgment will come to all on the earth and to the earth itself. Keep me from entanglement in the corrupt system of earthly government and business represented by Babylon. Amen.
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.