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 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 17th: Job 12-14, Psalm 100, Revelation 13
Key Scriptures: Revelation 13:15-18 “And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”
Satan, during the last days of the tribulation, through the false prophet, caused an image of the antichrist to be set up to promote false worship. This image could talk and sought to deceive those who dwell on the earth. This beast image was given breath and a decree for all earth’s people to receive the antichrist’s mark, the mark of a man, “666”. This mark would be permanent on the forehead or the hand, and would be required to buy or sell goods or services. Thus the antichrist would put great pressure on all the world to worship Him and receive his mark, which was a counterfeit of God’s mark or seal on the 144,000 sealed in next chapter. The key thought here is the call for wisdom–666 is the number of a man who claims to be god. Be wise–don’t take the mark!
Psalm 100:3 “Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He Who has made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for sealing me and those who believe on You with the mark of the Holy Spirit living in us. May You give wisdom to me now and to those who will live during the time of antichrist to reject the mark of the beast and worship You alone.
Job 14:13 “Oh that You would hide me in Sheol (the grave), that you would conceal me until Your wrath is past, that You would appoint for me a set time, and remember me!”
Scripture reading for December 15th: Job 4-7, Psalm 99, 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. The nations raged, but Your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding Your servants, the prophets and saints, and those Who fear Your Name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
John recorded the seven angels blowing the seven trumpets that followed the time of silence in heaven. There were loud voices declaring the victory of God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the beginning of their eternal reign over all creation. The elders around the throne fell on their faces and worshiped God for Who He is and was and will be and for the time of judgment coming for the dead and reward for the saints. God is just and will justly judge all and destroy those who reject Jesus Christ and destroy the earth. Those who honor Him will be fully rewarded for their faith.
Psalm 99:4-5 “The King in His might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He!”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I worship You as the eternal King of kings. I look forward to the appointed time of the judgment and reward! You are just, righteous and holy and my confidence is in Your Word! Help me to share Your Word enabling all to find reward at judgment day.
Job 4:6-7 “Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope? Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?”
Scripture reading for December 14th: Job 1-3, Psalm 29, Revelation 10
Key Scriptures: Revelation 10: 1-4 “Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”
When God speaks, even through a powerful angel, His voice thunders from heaven. John recorded such an incident that he observed and heard while caught up in heaven. John saw an amazing angel, with a face so brilliant it resembled the sun. He was crowned with a rainbow and wrapped up in clouds. This mighty angel held a small scroll that was open in his hand. He spoke as he stood on both sea and land with a voice roaring like a lion. One wonders if this was the Lamb Who was the Lion of the tribe of Judah! In response to his roar, seven thunders sounded back to him. A voice from heaven told John to seal up what these seven thunders had spoken and not to write it down. There are still mysteries that God has in store for the earth during this period of judgment that will not be reveal just yet. But God is in control of everything. Nothing will be left out but revealed in His timeless way.
Psalm 29:3-4 “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking clearly to us through Your Son Jesus. I trust You with the things to come, even though some are known only by You. Seal me for Your eternal glory as one blameless and upright through faith in Jesus!
Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.”
Scripture reading for December 11th: Malachi, Psalm 2, Revelation 9
Key Scriptures: Revelation 9:20-21 “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.”
John recorded the seven trumpets and their woe brought upon the earth as the scroll had been opened and God’s final judgments were being poured out on the earth. One of the curious truths John recorded was that although many of earths final group of people were killed by the judgments, the rest refused to repent. They clung to their idols and worshiped demons and continued to flaunt the breaking of God’s holy commandments. Neither positive miracles nor the calamitous judgments of these last days could penetrate the hardened hearts. Although they knew the judgments were from God, they refused to ask for His mercy.
Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I am in awe of Your great mercy towards me and my family. Thank You for Your love and mercy. I pray that all of my offspring will “kiss the Son” of God, Jesus Christ and take refuge in Him.
Malachi 4:1-2 “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 its wings. You shall go out like calves from the stall.”
Scripture reading for December 9th: Nehemiah 7-9, Psalm 140, Revelation 7
Key Scriptures: Revelation 7:9-12 “After this I looked and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.””
John’s attention was taken up next by a great multitude of white-clothed people from every nation and people group of earth. Their garments had been made white by the blood of the Lamb through faith. These were standing around the throne surrounding the multitudes of angels, the elders and the four living creatures. They were declaring the infinite worth of the One seated on the throne and the Lamb from Whom came salvation. The angels, elders, and living creatures prostrated themselves in agreement and worshiped the eternal God of Heaven, declaring His worth in eternal praise!
Psalm 140:12-13 “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your Name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I declare You alone are the source of salvation and are eternally worthy of praise and honor. I look forward to dwelling in Your presence and worshiping You for all eternity with the white-robed throngs of heaven brought in from every nation!
Nehemiah 8:6 “And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads ad worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.”
Scripture reading for December 8th: Nehemiah 4-6, Psalm 98, Revelation 6
Key Scriptures: Revelation 6:9-11 “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.”
The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, opened the scroll given Him by His Father and began to break open the seven seals. Each seal brought new revelations of judgments falling upon those on the earth. The fifth seal brought a revelation of souls of martyrs resting under the altar in heaven. They were crying out to God, asking how long before the judgment of those on earth would be final. The Lord then gave them white robes and told them to rest a little longer. There were others on earth who would also join them there, resting and clothed in white. The time of the end-time judgments would require patience during the process and testing.
Psalm 98:8-9 “Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for revealing the judgments of the last days to Your Bride, the Church. Help me to fight for my brothers, my sons, my daughters, wives and homes, even if great suffering or even death comes because of it.
Nehemiah 4:14 “And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, Who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
Scripture reading for December 4th: Ezra 7-10, Psalm 97, Revelation 4
Key Scriptures: Revelation 4:1-4 “After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.”
John was exiled in a prison colony on the Isle of Patmos and was worshiping the Lord when he had a divine revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus appeared and spoke to him and told him to write down everything he would be shown. Following letters dictated to John’s seven churches, Jesus called John through an open door to heaven itself. The voice of Jesus was like a trumpet, calling John heavenward. Jesus wanted to show John the events that would transpire in the future and have him write them down for all believers. Immediately, John was transported in the Spirit from earth to heaven where he was shown God’s throne in all its glory and the events to come. This call heavenward is a foretaste of the Rapture of the saints, also initiated by a trumpet sound.
Psalm 97:1, 6 “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! . . . The heavens proclaim His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I await the trumpet call for Your people to come to You and to behold Your glory forever and ever. Help me and my family to faithfully successfully complete my journey to You and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Ezra 8:21 “Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him a safe journey for ourselves, our children and all our goods.”