Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22, Psalm 149-50, Proverbs 14
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:17-21 “The Spirit and the Bride 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! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
We end this year’s devotions with the last words of John’s revelation and the last words of Jesus Christ to His Church, the Bride. The Bride, through the Holy Spirit is praying to the Lord Jesus saying, “Come!” I believe this simple prayer has two aspects. The Bride is asking God to bring in the thirsty and those still to be saved. The Bride is asking Jesus to come for them. The Lord Jesus answers: “Surely I am coming soon.” The Brides answer is “Amen.” It all occurs by grace through faith!
Faith confession: Lord Jesus, I join the Bride in praying “Come.” May the lost and thirsty come to You and find refreshing in the river of life and healing food in the tree of life flowing from Your glorious throne! “Amen.” Hallelujah forever and ever!
Psalm 149:1 “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song; His praise in the assembly of the godly!
Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 22, Psalm 147-48, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:1-5 “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. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”
John’s final vision of the Holy City was of the river flowing from the throne of God and the tree of life growing on either side. These trees produced twelve kinds of fruit and leaves brought healing to the nations. No more idols would be found inside the city or temple, for God’s throne and the Lamb would dwell in it. This would bring eternal light and no more darkness or the deeds of darkness. The Lamb and God Almighty would reign forever and ever in a glorious kingdom of light.
Faith Confession: It will be” joy unspeakable and full of glory” to behold the Lamb and see His glorious face and worship Him forever and ever! No more darkness! Eating of the Tree of Life!
Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 20, Psalm 143-44, Proverbs 11
Key Scriptures: Revelation 20:4-6 “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.”
John saw thrones and saints seated on those thrones given the authority to judge. These saints were those coming through the great tribulation through martyrdom because of their faithfulness to the testimony of Jesus and the Word of God. Their faith and faithfulness had brought the fulfillment of God’s promise of eternal life. This is the first resurrection and those participating are most blessed and holy! They will rule with Christ during the millennial reign.
Faith Confession: I am thankful for Christ’s promise that those who believe in Him shall never die but have eternal life. They will be part of the first resurrection of the righteous. Lord help me to stay faithful and true to Your testimony and holy Word.
Proverbs 11:30-31 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise. If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner.”
Scripture reading for December 25th: Revelation 19, Psalm 141-42, Proverbs 10
Key Scriptures: Revelation 19:11-16 “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The One sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a Name written that no one knows but Himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the Name by which He is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
John beheld an awesome sight. Heaven opened and Jesus the King of kings rode forth on a blazing white horse wearing a blood-dipped robe. Following were a great host of saints, all wearing garments made white by His blood. A sharp sword came from His mouth to make war and rule over His enemies. His own bloody garment showed His love for His people. He is their defender!
Faith Confession: I believe and pray that I will be counted in the number of those following the King of Kings in His blood-dipped robe. An old hymn states: “We shall see the King when He comes!” Amen!
Psalm 141:8 “But my eyes are toward You, O God, my Lord; in You I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!”
Scripture reading for December 24th: Revelation 18, Psalm 139-40, Proverbs 9
Key Scriptures: Revelation 18:4-7 “Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back as she herself has paid back other, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed. As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, . . “
God’s heart is that all made in His image would not be found in the wicked city of Babylon, involved in its false religion and materialism. John heard a voice from heaven calling out to God’s people and giving stern warning of the impending doom of that city and its residents. God remembered their sins and was about to repay. In contrast, the sins of God’s people had been cast away and carried away by their Savior, the Lord Jesus.
Faith Confession: I am thankful that I heard the call from heaven to come out of ‘Babylon’ and look for God’s City–the New Jerusalem. I thank God that He graciously forgave me through the sacrifice of His Son and remembers my sins no more! Hallelujah!
Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”
Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 17, Psalm 137-38, Proverbs 8
Key Scriptures: Revelation 17:3-6 “And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”
John’s vision portrayed a great scarlet beast that was carrying a woman decked out as a prostitute with a golden cup full of abominations. Abominations are sinful acts that God detests and are in direct rebellion against His holy Word. This woman had caused the downfall and destruction of many men and women on earth and had also orchestrated the persecution and death of the followers of Jesus. She was drunk with their blood!
Faith Confession: I believe the warnings of Scripture and ask my Lord Jesus to keep me safe from the seductions of this evil world system of Babylon’s false religion and humanism. Give me wisdom and let my mind never stray from You and the holy city of Your habitation.
Psalm 137:4-6 “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy!”
Scripture reading for December 20th: Revelation 16, Psalm 135-36, Proverbs 7
Key Scriptures: Revelation 16:13-15 “And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!” And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”
As the angels of God’s wrath poured out the sixth of seven bowls on the earth, John saw in the spirit unclean demonic spirits released through the mouth of the false prophet. These evil spirits would be sent to the kings of the earth to deceive them into assembling on the great day of the Lord for the battle of Armageddon. Those who believe in Jesus are warned to stay awake and be clothed in righteous garments when that day arrives. It will come upon the world as a thief, but believers will be ready!
Faith Confession: I trust God to keep me safe from deception and will do my part to stay in faith in Christ Jesus and wearing the robe of His righteousness, alert for His soon return. Lord help me to warn those who are not dressed and awake!
Proverbs 7:24-25 “And now, O sons, listen to Me, and be attentive to the words of My mouth. Let not your heart turn aside to her (the adulteress) ways; do not stray into her paths, . . .”
Scripture reading for December 19th: Revelation 15, Psalm 133-34, Proverbs 6
Key Scriptures: Revelation 15:2-4 “And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire–and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous 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 again sees the redeemed in heaven around a sea of glass mingled with fire. These are those who have conquered with the blood of the Lamb and their testimony and they are singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. They worship God for His marvelous deeds of deliverance and judgment of the wicked and His kingship over all nations. They will worship the Holy One forever!
Faith Confession: I praise my Lord Jesus for His marvelous salvation and the gift of righteousness through faith. I proclaim and confess Jesus as King of Kings over all nations and choose freely to worship Him now and forever!
Psalm 133:1, 3 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! . . . It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”
Scripture reading for December 18th: Revelation 14, Psalm 131-32, Proverbs 5
Key Scriptures: Revelation 14:2-5 “And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as first-fruits for God and the Lamb, for they are blameless.”
John heard a multitude in heaven, 144,000, singing around heaven’s throne. They sang a new song which no one but them could learn. These are those redeemed from earth who had been fully devoted to the Lamb Christ Jesus. They had followed the Lamb and sought His righteousness therefore they were considered blameless and were in God’s presence singing in worship and adoration. They represent the full number of dedicated saints of all times.
Faith Confession: I look forward to being among this number one day. Lord, help me to fully follow Jesus and live a blameless life through Your grace through Christ’s blood and to learn the new song of the redeemed!
Proverbs 5:20-21 “Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.”