Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 22:12-21
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 22:7, 12, 20-21 “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” . . . . “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” . . . . “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”
The final revelation of Jesus Christ to John during his visit to heaven comes from Jesus Christ, Himself! He states three times emphatically that He is coming soon! He reminds His people that His reward is with Him when He comes. He repeats that each person will be rewarded according to their deeds. He also emphasizes that some will not enter heaven because of their failure to repent of sins and wash their robes! (Revelation 22:15)
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers say “Amen!” and pray for Christ’s prophecy to be fulfilled and long to see His face!
Jesus Christ: “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31)
Scripture reading for December 29th: Revelation 22:1-11
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 22:1-4 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads.”
As great as the vision of the holy city, the New Jerusalem was, the real reward for over-comers will be to see the face of the One who redeemed them and adopted them into His family! The cry of over-coming believers is for more of His presence! His prophets longed for Him, the Apostles longed to touch Him again, and His saints are promised that they will “reign with Him for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)
Observations for over-comers: An old worship chorus declares: “O the glory of His Presence, We His people give Him reverence!” “Then Moses said, “Now show me Your Glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim My Name, The Lord, in your presence. . .But, He said, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see Me and live.” (Exodus 33:18-20)
Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 21
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 21:1, 5-8 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,. . .He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who over-comes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
The over-comer’s inheritance is the new heaven and new earth renovated by our Lord Jesus through the fires of His wrath! It is a gift of grace to those who faithfully followed and believed on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! Liars, cowards, sexually immoral, idolaters, and unbelievers have only a fiery lake as their place of eternal torment!
Observations for over-comers: If you are born twice by faith in Jesus you totally escape the second death! “And the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. . . . .”And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against Me, their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathe-some to all mankind.” (Isaiah 66:22-24)
Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 19
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 19:11-14, 16 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a rob e dipped in blood, and His Name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.” . . .”On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Observations for over-comers: Christians are the only ones on earth who know for sure who will come to judge the earth and redeem the faithful! We do not know when, but Jesus’ coming is sure! “Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.” (Zephaniah 3:14-15)
Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 18
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 18:19-21 “. . .and with weeping and mourning they will cry out: “‘Woe! Woe, O great city,where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin! Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.’ Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone, and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will the thrown down, never to be found again.”
The final judgment of God on the wicked of earth falls on the great city of Babylon, the center of all wickedness and false religion. The Lamb, King of kings, destroys the city and wicked in one hour causing great mourning on the earth but a call to rejoice for those in heaven who were waiting for God’s justice! A visual of this event was given John by a mighty angel throwing a boulder into the sea of humanity and pronouncing the end of rebellion! It confirmed an earlier prophesy in Jeremiah 51:60-64.
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers can rest assured that the Lamb will justly judge the earth and Satan, once and for all time! “Jeremiah had written on a scroll about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon—all that had been recorded concerning Babylon. . . .When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more. . .” (Jeremiah 51:60, 63-64)
Scripture reading for December 22nd: Revelation 17
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 17:12-14 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”
John was shown a vision of a prostitute sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. This woman was drunk with the blood of the saints. The angel showing John this vision cautioned him to have a mind of wisdom in understanding the symbols shown him. He told him of a war against the Lamb and His followers that would last one hour! The Lamb would over-come!
Observations for over-comers: We will be with our Lord, The Lamb, who is King of Kings in His over-coming victory! “The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.” (Joel 3:16)
Scripture reading for December 21st: Revelation 16
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 16:13-16 “Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. “Behold, I come like a thief!” Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.””
While deception by the demons of Satan and the Antichrist and False Prophet bring the world’s kings together for the final battle where God’s wrath is poured out and finished, God’s people are warned by Christ Himself that He will come like a thief to the world of the wicked. God’s people must hold onto their clothes in readiness for this climactic coming! These clothes are the white robes of Christ’s righteousness given by grace to those who believe!
Observations for over-comers: Each day is another day closer to Christ’s glorious appearing! Hold onto your clothes! “The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take of his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.” (Zechariah 2:4)
Scripture reading for December 20th: Revelation 15
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 15:1-3 “I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues-last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass, mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are Your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are Your ways, King of the ages.”
John saw a sign in heaven: seven angels with the seven last plagues that would complete the wrath of God against the wicked on earth. Along with this sign, John saw a multitude of victorious saints standing beside the glassy sea. These saints had been victorious over the beast. This multitude were given harps and sang the song of Moses! This song extolled God’s great deeds of deliverance of His people and the crushing defeat of their pursuing enemy! What happened in time past will repeat at the conclusion of God’s wrath!
Observations for over-comers: God’s character is just! Singing is in order! “Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing unto the Lord, for He is highly exalted. The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.” (Exodus 15:1)
Scripture reading for December 19th: Revelation 14
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 14:14-16 “I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a Son of Man,” with a crown of gold on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. The another angel came out of the Temple and called in a loud voice to Him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take Your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who was seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth and the earth was harvested.”
Revelation 14 ends with a description of two harvests. These Scriptures describe the first harvest and apparently Jesus Christ as the One with the sickle who is told by an angelic messenger to “reap”. With that command, the earth will be harvested! But this chapter continues with the description of another angel who also has a sickle and a companion in charge of the fire. This angel is commanded to reap the clusters of grapes from earth’s vine, which were ripe, and throw them into the wine-press of God’s wrath! The righteous are gathered to God and the wicked will go to judgment!
Observations for over-comers: There are only two possibilities for each person after life on earth is over: eternal life in God’s presence through Jesus Christ or eternal wrath in the Lake of Fire. “Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the wine-press is full and the vats overflow–so great is their wickedness!” (Joel 3:13)