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Month: October 2020

The picture here is of evil people and forces rising up against Christians (as we still see today). But the Lord is faithful to His dear children and keeps the evil ones from ruining them (vv. 4-5).

The picture here is of evil people and forces rising up against Christians (as we still see today). But the Lord is faithful to His dear children and keeps the evil ones from ruining them (vv. 4-5).

BibleGateway: Revelation 9:1-11 ESV Text: Revelation 9:1-11 Revelation 9:1–11 (Listen) 9:1 And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit.1 2 He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then from the smoke came…

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Meanwhile, back up north in Israel, King Nadab had followed Jeroboam. An evil king, Nadab was assassinated by Baasha. Can you guess how good a king Baasha was? What a wreck people make of things without the Lord!

Meanwhile, back up north in Israel, King Nadab had followed Jeroboam. An evil king, Nadab was assassinated by Baasha. Can you guess how good a king Baasha was? What a wreck people make of things without the Lord!

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 15:25-34 ESV Text: 1 Kings 15:25-34 1 Kings 15:25–34 (Listen) Nadab Reigns in Israel 25 Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 26 He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin which he made Israel to sin. 27 Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house…

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The world is not on an upward course but a downward one. It will not get better but will only become worse as the end approaches. Our own daily observations support this too.

The world is not on an upward course but a downward one. It will not get better but will only become worse as the end approaches. Our own daily observations support this too.

BibleGateway: Revelation 8:6-13 ESV Text: Revelation 8:6-13 Revelation 8:6–13 (Listen) The Seven Trumpets 6 Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. 7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. 8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and…

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Back to opening the seals: the seventh one pictured tremendous hardship to come before the Last Day. (We experience such hardship now.) Prayers rise up to heaven for the preservation of the believers.

Back to opening the seals: the seventh one pictured tremendous hardship to come before the Last Day. (We experience such hardship now.) Prayers rise up to heaven for the preservation of the believers.

BibleGateway: Revelation 8:1-5 ESV Text: Revelation 8:1-5 Revelation 8:1–5 (Listen) The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer 8:1 When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on…

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Abijah’s son Asa was one of the few godly kings, a blessing from the Lord to Judah. Praise the Lord whenever we are blessed with God-fearing rulers!

Abijah’s son Asa was one of the few godly kings, a blessing from the Lord to Judah. Praise the Lord whenever we are blessed with God-fearing rulers!

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 15:9-15 ESV Text: 1 Kings 15:9-15 1 Kings 15:9–15 (Listen) Asa Reigns in Judah 9 In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah, 10 and he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom. 11 And Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as David his father had done. 12 He put away the male cult prostitutes out of the land and removed all…

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Meanwhile, down south in Judah, King Rehoboam had been replaced by Abijah. Abijah was terrible, but the Lord gave him a son for the sake of maintaining Judah until Christ came. God’s mercy— yet again.

Meanwhile, down south in Judah, King Rehoboam had been replaced by Abijah. Abijah was terrible, but the Lord gave him a son for the sake of maintaining Judah until Christ came. God’s mercy— yet again.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 15:1-8 ESV Text: 1 Kings 15:1-8 1 Kings 15:1–8 (Listen) Abijam Reigns in Judah 15:1 Now in the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam the son of Nebat, Abijam began to reign over Judah. 2 He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom. 3 And he walked in all the sins that his father did before him, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as the heart of…

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Jeroboam and his family came to a bad end because of his idolatry, but notice how the young believing son was saved (in this case through death). Mark 10:15-16 comes to mind.

Jeroboam and his family came to a bad end because of his idolatry, but notice how the young believing son was saved (in this case through death). Mark 10:15-16 comes to mind.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 14:1-18 ESV Text: 1 Kings 14:1-18 1 Kings 14:1–18 (Listen) Prophecy Against Jeroboam 14:1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. 2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, “Arise, and disguise yourself, that it not be known that you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh. Behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, who said of me that I should be king over this people. 3 Take with you ten loaves, some cakes, and a jar…

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Salvation belongs to our God and to the Lamb who offered His life in our place, giving us the white robes of His own righteousness so we can enjoy an eternal inheritance in heaven.

Salvation belongs to our God and to the Lamb who offered His life in our place, giving us the white robes of His own righteousness so we can enjoy an eternal inheritance in heaven.

BibleGateway: Revelation 7:9-17 ESV Text: Revelation 7:9-17 Revelation 7:9–17 (Listen) A Great Multitude from Every Nation 9 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, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And…

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Following the great Judgment Day, the believers in Christ will be safe and happy forever!

Following the great Judgment Day, the believers in Christ will be safe and happy forever!

BibleGateway: Joel 3:17-21 ESV Text: Joel 3:17-21 Joel 3:17–21 (Listen) The Glorious Future of Judah 17   “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God,    who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain.  And Jerusalem shall be holy,    and strangers shall never again pass through it. 18   “And in that day  the mountains shall drip sweet wine,    and the hills shall flow with milk,  and all the streambeds of Judah    shall flow with water;  and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD    and water the Valley…

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The unbelieving wicked will enter punishment on the Day of Judgment, but “the Lord will be a refuge for his people.” Take refuge in God and in the forgiveness of sins you have through His Son.

The unbelieving wicked will enter punishment on the Day of Judgment, but “the Lord will be a refuge for his people.” Take refuge in God and in the forgiveness of sins you have through His Son.

BibleGateway: Joel 3:1-16 ESV Text: Joel 3:1-16 Joel 3:1–16 (Listen) The Lord Judges the Nations 3:1 “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land,…

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