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Mysteries during the tribulation

Scripture reading for December 15th: 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 sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”

Lest we become proud or think we know everything, God has hidden some of His plans from even His people. There will be surprises that will make us worship in awe and wonder at the love and mercy of our Lord. The angel with the rainbow speaks of God’s promise not to judge the whole earth with water again. It is a reminder of God’s grace to save Noah and his family who were obedient and built and got on the ark. God again saved His people through the Red Sea and lead them with the cloud of glory and the pillar of fire, revealing His presence and power to save and protect and provide. The little scroll could represent the Word of God that will be fulfilled during that particular time as God deals with His people, the Jews.

Revelation 10:5-7 “And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by Him Who lives forever and ever, Who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as He announced by His servants the prophets.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for the mysteries that are now hidden from even Your children but will be revealed and fulfilled because You have decreed it so. We trust You and believe Your Word is true and that You are righteous and just in all that You do. Lead and guide us and give us more grace as we face the trials and wicked culture of these last days. Your Word is sweet but as it unfolds in these last days, it gives us a bitter stomach.

Revelation 10:10 “And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”

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Warn the Wayward!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Ezekiel 1-6

“Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.  Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.  This was the appearance of the glory of the Lord.  When I saw it I fell face- down.” (Ezekiel 1:26-28b)

Ezekiel was one of the exiles taken to Babylon some years before the fall of Jerusalem. The thirty-year-old son of a priest of Israel, he was picked by God to be a prophetic voice to those who were taken captive. A vision of  God’s presence and glory humbled this young man and enabled him to hear the voice of God speaking to him.

“He said, “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day.  The people I am sending you to are obstinate and stubborn.  Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ “ (Ezekiel 2:3-5)

God’s instructions to Ezekiel were very clear.  He was to speak to God’s rebellious people.  These people may or may not listen because of their inborn habits of stubbornness  and rebellion.  Ezekiel was to be bold and speak plainly to them all the words that God gave him.  These were given to him as a scroll to eat, written on both sides with words of woe, sorrow and mourning.  Ezekiel was to be a watchman for the house of Israel and to warn them of the consequences of their evil ways.  (Ezekiel 3:17-19)  If he was faithful and did what God told him, it would go well with him.

Hearing God’s word is each person’s individual responsibility.  To the humble, God’s word is sweet as honey and good for the soul.  Take a moment today and ask God to open your ears to His truth.  Pick a verse from Ezekiel and chew on it today, then share it with someone in need!

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