Scripture reading for March 19: Luke 13
Key Scriptures: Luke 13:5-9 “No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. And He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.”
Jesus used the local news of the death of some Galileans by Herod’s forces and the accidental death of eighteen people in the fall of a tower to punctuate the need of all men to repent or they too would suddenly perish. He told a parable of a man who planted a fig tree in his vineyard. Each year, for three years, he came seeking fruit but found none. He ordered the vinedresser to cut it down as it was wasting valuable space in the vineyard. The vinedresser asked for more time. He would dig around it and put manure on it. Maybe it was lacking in water penetration or in nutrients from the rocky soil. If ultimately there was no fruit, it would be cut down. This parable shines light on each person and their need to repent and show fruit of repentance. God’s patience is amazing, but not unlimited!
Luke 11:32 “The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, realizing that You greatly desire true fruit of repentance in my life, thank You for Your patience with me. Dig around in my life where necessary with Your Word and the Holy Spirit. Bring the ‘manure’ of life that will produce greater fruit, to Your glory.
Job 23:10-11 “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and have not turned aside.”
Scripture reading for December 30th: Job 40-42, Psalm 150, Revelation 22
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:3-7 “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. And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His angel to show His servants what must soon take place.” “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.””
Adam began life with a vision of God’s Face as He breathed into him the breath of Life. God put Adam (and Eve) into a beautiful garden and put them in authority and fellowship with Him. Sin destroyed their fellowship with God and their ability to see God’s face and live. Through Jesus Christ, the Lamb, man is now restored to fellowship with God and they will again see His face and know His Name. They will live in His eternal Light and be restored to rulership and authority forever and ever. John was told to write down this final revelation and the final Words of Jesus as “trustworthy and true.” Jesus Christ is “coming soon!” Blessed are those who keep His Word!
Psalm 150:1-2 “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary’ praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, thank You for restoring my sight by Your love and light. I look forward to seeing You and God my Father face to face, and enjoying Your smile forever and ever! Give me grace each day to obey the prophecy You have declared eternally true!
Job 42:10 “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
Scripture reading for December 29th: Job 37-39, Psalm 103, Revelation 21
Key Scriptures: Revelation 21:4-8 “”He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And He Who was seated on the throne said, “Behold I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.””
Eternal life is a choice made clear throughout Scripture. God clearly spoke from His throne to John about His plans. Those enjoying eternal life would enjoy eternity in His presence. There would be a newness of this full life that would totally eliminate death, suffering, mourning and pain. There would be the water of Life freely available for refreshing and quenching of thirst. John was instructed to “Write this down”! God’s Word is trustworthy and true for all time and eternity. But those who persisted in their sins: murderers, liars, sorcerers, sexually immoral and idolaters; their eternal lot would be the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. No thirst would be quenched there for ever and ever. The choice is laid out. Now we choose!
Psalm 103:1-4 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, . . .”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, my “River of Life”, I choose life eternal and abundant! I will proclaim all Your benefits to those lost and in the darkness of sin. Fill me with Your love and mercy and power to witness afresh today.
Job 37:5 “God thunders wondrously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend.”
Scripture reading for December 28th: Job 34-36, Revelation 20
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 set up for those given authority to judge. He also saw the souls of the martyrs who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus Christ and their stand on the Word of God. These souls came to life in a resurrection and reigned with Christ Jesus for a thousand year period. This was the “first resurrection” and those who were part of this were declared “blessed and holy”. The second death–being judged for sin and cast into the eternal lake of fire–would have no power over these resurrected ones. They had not worshiped the beast or received his mark, but had remained true to the Lord in mind and body.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I await the fullness of the first resurrection–a glorified body and reigning with You for the thousand years and then forever. Give me strength to declare Your invitation to all to join in the first resurrection. Watch over my steps and guide me by the light of Your Word.
Job 34:21-23 “For His eyes are on the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. For God has no need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment.”
Scripture reading for December 25th: Job 31-33, Psalm 102, Revelation 19
Key Scriptures: Revelation 19:9-10 “And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true Words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy.”
John was commanded by an angel to write down the “true Words of God” which was a blessing upon those invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. This statement caused John to fall down at the angels feet in worship. Then angel then admonished John concerning worship. God is the only One worthy of worship. Angels are simply fellow-servants of God and of those holding the testimony of Jesus. Those believers holding the testimony of Jesus Christ as Lord and faith in the sacrifice the Lamb of God held the true spirit of prophesy. They were destined for the wedding supper and would be eternally blessed!
Psalm 102:27-28 “. . .but You are the same, and Your years have no end. The children of Your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I worship You and thank the Father for the invitation to the wedding supper You will provide for me and all who hold Your testimony. May I declare prophetically Your testimony to the world I live in today.
Job 33:28 “‘He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light.'”
Scripture reading for December 24th: Job 28-30, Revelation 18
Key Scriptures: Revelation 18:4-8 “Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people lest your 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 others, 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, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit like a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’ For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God Who has judged her.””
John hears another angelic voice from heaven calling out to the people still on earth who belong to Jesus Christ. The call is for a holy separation to God and His kingdom. They are warned that the sins of this corrupt world system of humanism and false religion have risen to the point of judgment. That judgment will come in a single day from the Lord God Almighty through the fire of His wrath. The people living in the world system of “Babylon” are living in greed and luxury, thinking proudly of themselves and their great accomplishments. They are deceived by their own pride and do not realize that their destruction will come suddenly.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for sending someone to warn me of my need to repent and come out of the man-centered world system of ‘Babylon’. Keep me in the fear of the Lord and use me to warn others of the coming judgment and way of escape through Jesus Christ.
Job 28:20, 28 “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?” . . .”And He said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”
Scripture reading for December 23rd: Job 24-27, Revelation 17
Key Scriptures: Revelation 17:15-18 “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. And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.””
As John’s vision continues to unfold, he sees a great prostitute who is seated on many waters. The nations of the earth and their kings had committed sexual immorality and gotten drunk from fornication with this prostitute. This prostitute was sitting on a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns, and holding a golden cup full of abominations and impurities. This woman had a name of mystery “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” She was drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus! An angel explains to John the interpretation of the vision. The prostitute is Babylon, the code-name for the humanistic world system of greed, immorality and false religion. She is seated on the waters, which are the nations and people groups of the world, all seeking selfish ends. Carrying this prostitute is the ancient serpent, the devil.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, through Your revelation, I have a whisper of understanding of the spiritual battle raging in the world around me. Thank You for the Kingdom of heaven and Your Kingship! Keep me safe from this beast and the prostitute and use me to free others from their grip. Let the wind of heaven blow,
Job 26:12-14 “By His power He stilled the sea; by His understanding He shattered Rahab. By His wind the heavens were made fair; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Behold, these are but the outskirts of His ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?”
Scripture reading for December 22nd: Job 21-23, Psalm 101, Revelation 16
Key Scriptures: Revelation 16:12-17 “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, an its water dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and 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 the 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.”
John watched as the seven angels with the seven bowls of God’s wrath poured them out upon the earth. The sixth angel poured his bowl on the Euphrates river and its water dried up and made a roadway for the kings of the east. Then John observed three unclean spirits, like frogs, spewing out from the mouths of the dragon and false prophet. These unclean spirits would draw the kings of the whole world to gather for the final battle against God in the valley of Armageddon. Jesus then broke into John’s vision with a Word of Wisdom: “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!” Jesus is totally in control!
Psalm 101:4 “A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that You have revealed the final judgments falling upon the earth, the dragon, and false prophet and those under their control. I will hold fast to Your Word; let the Holy Spirit clothe me with Your righteousness today that I may be ready for Your amazing return!
Job 23:10-11 “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and have not turned aside.”
Scripture reading for December 21st: Job 18-20, Psalm 141, Revelation 15
Key Scriptures: Revelation 15:1-4 “Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. 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 in their hands. 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’s visit to heaven brought revelations of the future final judgment of the beast and those who received his mark. The seven angels with the final seven plagues appeared as a sign in heaven that was “great and amazing!” Then John saw a sea of glass mingled with fire and a great company of those who had conquered the beast by the “blood of the Lamb and Word of their testimony.” (Rev. 12:11) This company was standing by the sea of glass with harps and they began to sing the ancient song of Moses, now known as the song of the Lamb! Worship of God flowed for His amazing deeds of justice and holiness that were soon to be displayed on earth and in heaven. Amen! Amen!
Psalm 141:8 “But my eyes are toward You, O God, my Lord; in You I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, King of the nations, You alone are holy and are worthy of praise and worship! My overcoming testimony is in Your sacrifice as the Lamb of God for my sins and the sins of the world. Empower me today to snatch from the fire those still under Your wrath.
Job 19:25-27 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My hearts faints within me!”
Scripture reading for December 18th: Job 15-17, Revelation 14
Key Scriptures: Revelation 14: 14-16 “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud One like a Son of Man, with a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to Him Who sat on the cloud, “Put in Your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So He Who sat on the cloud swung His sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.”
John beholds a white cloud with “One like a Son of Man” seated on it. It was the Lord Jesus Christ, ready to judge an earth ripened for judgment. The appointed hour had arrived and the command was given to the Lord Jesus to swing His sickle. The sickle was swung and the earth was reaped in one swipe. All judgment has been given to the Son of Man, the Lord Jesus and after the time of showing mercy has ended, the time of judgment and reward will come quickly. Woe to those who are ripe for this harvest!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You alone are my Witness and Advocate in heaven. You will plead my case before God and I shall be saved. Help me to witness for You here to help many escape the wrath of Your judgment and going a way from which there is no return.
Job 16:19 “Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, and He Who testifies for me is on high. My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, that He would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor. For when a few years have come I shall go the way from which I shall not return.”