Scripture reading for December 11th: Hosea 14, Joel 1-2, Revelation 9
Key Scriptures: Revelation 9:18, 20-21 “By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths”. . . . “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.”
In John’s vision, the sixth angel blew his trumpet and four bound angels were released near the great Euphrates river. The fact that they were bound implies that they were under God’s judgment and control. Their task was to initiate a judgment on earth that would kill a third of earth’s population. This was done by fire, smoke and sulfur. After a third were killed, the rest of earth’s inhabitants still did not repent of idolatry or immorality and other terrible sins against God and man.
Joel 2:1-2 “Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!”
Prayer: Lord Almighty, help me to sound the alarm and share the good news of a way of salvation for all mankind who will repent. I know that this day is coming, for Your word is true! Amen.