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Satan the deceiver bound!

Scripture reading for December 26th:  Zechariah 3-6, Revelation 20

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 20:1-3  “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.  And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended.  After that he must be released for a little while.”

John saw a mighty angel with a key and an amazing chain.  This chain was to shackle the devil, that ancient serpent, for a thousand years.  He was cast into the bottomless pit and it was sealed over.  After the thousand years, he would again be released for a short time.  Then the lake of fire would be his eternal hellish dwelling.  God’s plan would be fully accomplished.

Zechariah 3:1-2 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.  And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan!  The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke You!  Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?””

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for rebuking Satan and plucking me from the fire of Your eternal wrath against sin and rebellion.  Thank You for mighty angels to carry out Your judgments!  Amen.

 

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The Branch and Stone

Scripture reading for September 29th: Zechariah 3-4

Zechariah’s prophesies are a rich source of encouragement for believers of all cultures and times.  It is amazing how Zechariah, speaking about 500 years before Christ, foretold so many details about His life and reign.  In today’s reading, Zechariah picks up on two terms used by other earlier prophets to describe the coming Messiah.

“Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come; I am going to bring My servant, the Branch.  See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua!  There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it, says the Lord Almighty, and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.” (Zechariah 3:8-9)  Zechariah told the high priest, Joshua, that he and his associates were symbolic of things to come in the future.  God would send a future servant, “the Branch”, who would also be a high priest!  According to Isaiah’s prophesy, the “Branch” would come from the stump of Jesse.  He would have the seven-fold Spirit of God upon Him.  (Isaiah 11:1-4)   According to Jeremiah’s prophesy, this “Branch” would be from the line of David and He would do what was just and right.   Under His leadership, Judah would be saved.  (Jeremiah 33:15-16)

Looking back from our perspective, Jesus Christ did come from Jesse’s stump, because  Jesse was the father of King David!  Jesus is the cornerstone of the new temple composed of those who by faith put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Matthew 21:42)   He was filled with the Holy Spirit of God and manifested that Spirit as He lived and ministered on earth. (Luke 4:1)   Jesus Christ offered Himself as the final sinless sacrifice for the sins of Judah and the whole world.  In one day, God did away with sin and it’s penalty through the sacrifice of His own Son!  God installed Jesus as our High Priest of a new order and He ever lives to intercede for us!  (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Zechariah wrote down these descriptions to help us know that God’s plans are sure and always come to pass.  “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty.”  God’s power will bring to pass every promise in His word.  Make sure your life is placed on the Stone with the seven eyes!

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