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Daily Bible Reading - Day 1:  Genesis 1-2 ... Matthew 1

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... 2012)

 

The Beginning ...

 

GENESIS 1-2 ... 

 

   "In the Beginning GOD Created the Heavens and the Earth"     

 

   -  God's First Test:  You must place your faith in "God's Word" ... OR ... in "Darwin's Evolution"... you can't have both.

 

   -  The Great Creator (and "Set Designer"):   As with Adam ... and as with the water He turned into fine wine ... and with the new eyes placed in the sunken eye sockets of the blind man ... and with the new hand (with fully grown muscles and ligaments) to replace the withered and shriveled one ... God creates things with whatever appearance of "age" He wants and desires ... this includes rocks. 

 

MANY will foolishly try to equate God's capabilities with Man's capabilities ... remember God CREATED Man "even LOWER than the angels" ... and we ARE "spirits" that have been placed INTO "earthly" bodies ... and while we are in our "earthly" bodies we are stuck on the Earth (angels aren't) ... AND we are told Mankind's "earthly" bodies have now been given a "life span" with a 120 year upper limit and a 70 - 80 year "average" limit ... AFTER which we are told we will be "judged" and then "separated" ... and our spirits placed into new "eternal" bodies destined for either Heaven or Hell.     (The assurance of life in HEAVEN ... Jew and Gentile ... it's NOT too late!!!) 

 

 

MATTHEW 1

 

 - "Son of David" ... "Son of Abraham" - Matthew lists the Genealogy of Jesus (Yeshua) through His "adopted" father Joseph

 

 -  The angel sent to Joseph tells Joseph NOT to divorce Mary (his betrothed) and tells him the Child IS the Son prophesied by Isaiah ... the prophecy and verse the angel quotes to Joseph (see below) was written by Isaiah around 700 years BEFORE Messiah was born in Bethlehem ...

 

       "BEHOLD,

        the virgin shall conceive

        and bear a Son,
        and they shall call His Name Immanuel”

        (which means, God with us)."       (Isaiah 7:14) 

 

Excerpts from the daily bible reading towards the end of 2011

 

The End ...

These Chapters from Malachi and Revelation are the last chapters of the Old and the New Testaments ("Covenants") ...

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Malachi 1-4 ... Revelation 22

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Full Daily List and Index)  

 

Malachi 1-4 (Excerpts and notes) ...

 

The Lord's Love for Israel

 

   “I have loved you,” says the Lord.

     But you say, “How have you loved us?”

 

The Lord rebukes the Priests ... and tells them His Name will be great among the Gentiles

 

    "For from the rising of the Sun to its setting     (from East to the West ... and possibly the "Millennium"... 1000 Year "Day of the Lord")

     My Name will be great among the Gentiles (Nations),

     and in every place incense (prayers) will be offered to My Name, and a pure offering.

     For My Name will be great among the Nations (Gentiles), says the Lord of hosts."     (He repeats this to emphasize the point  ...)

 

God warns against Divorce ... He warns the marriage vows were made with HIM as the Witness

God tells them WHY He won't hear their prayers ...

 

   "BECAUSE the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth,       (God hears and is witness to all the "I Do's")

     to whom you have been faithless,

     though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.      (In God's eyes the marriage vows were a "covenant")

     Did He not make them One,     (See Genesis 2 ...)

     with a portion of the Spirit in their union? 

 

Why does God "hate" divorce?

Because God was seeking Godly offspring from the Union ...

 

   "And what was the one God seeking?

     Godly offspring.

 

     So guard yourselves in your spirit,

     and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.

     For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel,

     covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts."      (The Blood of the Lamb can wash away all sins ...)

 

Prophecies of Messiah ...

The Messenger(s) of the Lord

 

   “Behold, I send My messenger,

     and he will prepare The Way before Me."    (We are told John the Baptist fulfilled this ...)

 

   "And the Lord whom you seek    (Messiah ... Jesus Christ in English ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     will suddenly come to His Temple;     (Fulfilled by Jesus (Yeshua) ...  (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH From the ancient Jewish Scriptures)

     and the Messenger of the Covenant     (The "New Covenant"... see Jeremiah 31:31... fulfilled in Matthew 26:28-32)

     in whom you delight,      

     BEHOLD, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts.

 

   "But who can endure the DAY of His coming,      (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

     and who can stand when He appears?        (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

     For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.

 

God warns them against their attitudes toward OFFERINGS  ...

and then asks them to TEST Him concerning their offerings

 

   "Will man ROB God?

     Yet you are robbing Me.

     But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’

     In your tithes and contributions.

 

     Thereby put Me to the TEST, says the Lord of hosts,    (Lovingly and faithfully thank God through your offerings ... He provided it.)

     if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you

     and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

     I will rebuke the devourer for you ...

 

God warns He HEARS their hard words against Him ... and their complaints about serving Him

 

GOD ALSO REVEALS SPECIAL BLESSINGS

for all who speak WELL of Him during conversations ...

He not only hears ... but He also has it written down in a "Book of Remembrance"

 

   "Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another.

     The Lord paid attention and heard them,

     and a Book of Remembrance was written before Him

     of those who feared the Lord and esteemed His Name.

 

   “They shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts,

     in the Day when I make up my treasured possession,

     and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.

     Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked,

     between one who serves God

     and one who does not serve Him.

 

Malachi prophecies of The Great Day of the Lord  ... (The coming "Apocalypse"... The "Great Tribulation.")

 

   “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.

 

God promises blessings for those who have endured in their faith and their love for Messiah ...

 

   "BUT,

     for you who fear My Name,

     the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.     (God's Promise ...)   

    

God promises to send Elijah the Prophet  ...

and then ends the Old Testament (Tanakh) with warnings of a "Curse"

 

    “Behold,

     I will send you Elijah the prophet       (Many believe he will be one of the Two Witnesses sent in Revelation 11)

     before the great and awesome Day of the Lord comes.

     And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children

     and the hearts of children to their fathers,

     lest I come and strike the Earth with a CURSE.”      (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

 

REVELATION 22   (with notes) ...

 

The Curse of Genesis 3 is lifted ... and the fruit of the "Tree of Life" will be freely offered

 

   "Then he (the angel) showed me the River of the Water of Life, bright as crystal,

     flowing from the Throne of God and of the Lamb

     through the middle of the street of the City;

 

     ALSO,

     in the middle of its street, and on either side of the river,

     the TREE OF LIFE with its twelve kinds of fruit,    (It is no longer guarded by the mighty Cherubim ... see Genesis 3:24)

     yielding its fruit each month.

     The leaves of the Tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

     No longer will there be anything accursed,

     but the Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,

     and His servants will worship Him.

     They will see His face,

     and His Name will be on their foreheads.

     And night will be no more.

     They will need no light of lamp or sun,

     for the Lord God will be their light,

     and they will reign forever and ever.

 

     And he said to me,

     “These words are trustworthy and true.

       And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets,

       has sent His angel to show His servants

       what must soon take place.”

 

Messiah ... Jesus Christ in English ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew ... is returning soon

 

   “And BEHOLD,

     I am coming soon.

     Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

 

     I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.

     And when I heard and saw them,

     I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me,

 

     but he (the angel) said to me,

     “You must NOT do that!       (John again tried to worship the angel ... the Bible warns NEVER worship angels!)

       I am a fellow servant with you

       and your brothers the prophets,

       and with those who keep the words of this book.

       Worship GOD.”

 

     AND he said to me,

     “Do NOT seal up the words of the prophecy of this book,

       for the time is near.     (The prophet Daniel was told to "seal" his book "UNTIL the time of the End" ... see Daniel 12)

       Let the evildoer still do evil,

       and the filthy still be filthy,

       and the righteous still do right,

       and the holy still be holy.”

 

   “BEHOLD,

     I am coming soon,

     bringing My recompense with Me,

     to repay everyone for what he has done.

     I am the Alpha and the Omega,

     the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

 

     Blessed are those who wash their robes,      (With the "blood of the Lamb" which washes away ALL of our sins ...)

     so that they may have the right to the Tree of Life

     and that they may enter the City by the gates.

     Outside are the dogs and sorcerers

     and the sexually immoral

     and murderers

     and idolaters,

     and everyone who loves and practices a lie.     (The assurance of life in HEAVEN ... Jew and Gentile ... it's NOT too late!!!)  

 

   “I, Jesus (Yeshua), have sent My angel to testify to you

     about these things for the churches.

     I am the root and the descendant of David,       (MESSIAH!!!  The GENEALOGY of Jesus Christ ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     the Bright Morning Star.”    

 

     The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”

     And let the one who hears say, “Come.”

     And let the one who is thirsty come;

     let the one who desires take the Water of Life without price.    

 

A terrible warning to ALL who will add or take away from God's completed Word ...

 

     I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:

     If anyone ADDS to them,

     God will add to him the plagues described in this book,

     and if anyone TAKES AWAY from the words of the book of this prophecy,

     God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city,

     which are described in this book.

 

     He who testifies to these things says,

     “Surely,

       I AM coming soon.”     ("In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye" ... when "the fullness of the Gentiles has come in")

     Amen.

 

     Come, Lord Jesus!!!        (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... Please don't be "left behind")

 

     The Grace of the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) be with all.     (With ALL who will receive it in love, faith, trust, and obedience)

     AMEN!!!"       (The Bible ... The Book of the Lord ... ends with this Blessing ... and with this "Amen.")

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Zechariah 13-14 ... Revelation 21

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Full Daily List and Index)  

 

Zechariah 13-14  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

Zechariah continues with MAJOR Prophecies of MESSIAH  (written around 500 years before the Cross)

 

Another Prophecy of Messiah's FIRST coming ... (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ... From the ancient Jewish Scriptures)

 

   “Awake, O sword, against MY Shepherd,
     AGAINST the Man who stands NEXT to Me (God),”
     declares the Lord of hosts.

 

     STRIKE the Shepherd,       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ... From the ancient Jewish Scriptures)

     and the sheep will be scattered;"       (See Matthew 26:31 ... Jesus (Yeshua) quoted this passage to prepare His Disciples)

 

Then (sometime AFTER they "strike the Shepherd")

God will draw ALL nations against Israel and Jerusalem  ...


     Then,     (Sometime after "the Shepherd" was struck (32 AD) ... and sometime after Israel was re-gathered in the Land (1948)

     I (God) will turn My Hand against the little ones.       (The Children of Israel ...)
     In the whole Land (Israel), declares the Lord,     
(Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

Two-thirds of the children of Israel will be "cut-off" during the coming "Time of Jacob's (Israel's) Trouble" (see Jeremiah 30:7) ...


     TWO-THIRDS shall be cut off and perish,
     and ONE-THIRD shall be left alive.     
    
And I will put this third into the fire,
    
and refine them as one refines silver,
     and test them as gold is tested.
     They will call upon My Name,
     and I will answer them.
     I will say, ‘They are My people’;      
(The remnant of Israel ...)
     and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”    

 

The Coming "Day of the Lord"

(The "Apocalypse" and Armageddon) ...

 

   "BEHOLD,

     a Day is coming for the Lord,

     when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst.       (Israel ...)

 

     For I (God) will gather ALL the nations against Jerusalem to battle,      (Prophecies ... ISRAEL and JERUSALEM)

     and the city (Jerusalem) shall be taken

     and the houses plundered

     and the women raped.

     Half of the city shall go out into exile,

     but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.     (ALL nations ... this is NOT just Rome in 70 AD ...)

 

     THEN the Lord will go out and fight against those nations

     as when He fights on a day of battle.

 

A Prophecy of Messiah's RETURN

 

     On that Day

     HIS (Messiah's) feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives

     that lies before Jerusalem on the east,       (The Mount of Olives is where Jesus ascended into Heaven ... see Acts 1)

     and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two

     from east to west by a very wide valley,

     so that one half of the Mount shall move northward,

     and the other half southward.        (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

     And you shall flee to the valley of My mountains,      (See Revelation 12)

     for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal.

     And you (the remnant of Israel) shall flee     

     as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

 

AFTER Armageddon God will restore Israel ... Israel (with her King and Messiah) will then rule over ALL nations

 

     THEN (after the children of Israel flee)

     the Lord my God will come,

     and ALL the Holy Ones with Him.       (See Revelation 19) 

 

     On that Day there shall be no light, cold, or frost.     (See Revelation 21)

     And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord,

     neither day nor night,

     but at evening time there shall be light."    (See Revelation 21)

 

THIS IS THE PLAGUE with which GOD will strike

ALL those who will come to fight against JERUSALEM ...

(During the Battle of Armageddon ...)

 

     And THIS shall be the plague

     with which the LORD will strike

     all the people who fought against Jerusalem:   (Armageddon)

 

     Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet,

     Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,

     And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths."      (Steven Spielberg used this imagery in his "Indiana Jones" films)

  

 

REVELATION 21   (with notes) ...

 

The New Heaven and the New Earth ...

 

   "Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth,

     for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away,       (See Isaiah 65:17 ...  and Isaiah 66:22)

     and the Sea was no more.

     And I saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem,

     coming down OUT of Heaven from God,

     prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 

     And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

     “Behold,

       the dwelling place of God is with Man.

       He will dwell with them,

       and they will be His people,

       and God Himself will be with them as their God.

       He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,   

       and Death shall be no more,       (See Isaiah 25:8)

       neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,      (Amen!)

       for the former things have passed away.”

 

     And He who was seated on the Throne said,

     “Behold, I am making ALL things new.”

 

     Also He said,

     “Write this down,

       for these words are trustworthy and true.”

 

     And He said to me,

     “It is done!

       I am the Alpha and the Omega,     

       the Beginning and the End.       (A title of Jesus Christ ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew ... See Revelation 1)

       To the thirsty

       I will give from the spring of the Water of Life without payment.     (See John 4)

       The one who conquers will have this heritage,

       and I will be his God

       and he will be My Son.      (God's Promise ...)

 

       But as for the cowardly,      (Afraid of what other people might think if they place their faith and love in Jesus Christ)

       the faithless,      (Who have not placed all their faith and trust in the Death and Resurrection of Messiah to save them)

       the abominable,      (The Bible mentions many abominations including homosexuality and abortion)

       as for murderers,      (Jesus warns even those who are "angry with his brother without a cause"... see Matthew 5)

       the sexually immoral,      (Any sex outside of marriage ... also pornography ... the Bible warns of "the lust of the eyes")

       sorcerers,      ("pharmakeus"... includes drugs for pleasure ... and also things such as astrology, tarot, etc.)

       idolaters,      (An "idol" is anything we willingly place above our love for God ... money, sports, celebrities, tv, etc.)

       and all liars,     

       their portion will be in the Lake that burns with fire and sulfur,  (HELL!!)

       which is the SECOND Death.”   (The assurance of life in HEAVEN ... it's NOT too late!!!)   (We're ALL sinners who need a Savior)

 

The New Jerusalem

 

     Then      (AFTER the Earth has been "cleansed" and restored ... maybe even better than before the "curse" of Genesis 3)

     came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues

     and spoke to me, saying,

     “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”     (The Cross is a love story ... written in His blood)

 

     And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain,

     and showed me the Holy City Jerusalem   (Heaven!)

     coming down OUT of Heaven from God,     (Awesome!!!)

     having the glory of God,

     its radiance like a most rare jewel,

     like a jasper, clear as crystal.

 

     It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates,

     and at the gates twelve angels,

     and on the gates

     the names of the twelve Tribes

     of the sons of Israel were inscribed --     (God will fulfill all of His promises to the children of Israel ...)

     on the East three gates,

     on the North three gates,

     on the South three gates,

     and on the West three gates.

 

     And the wall of the city had twelve foundations,

     and on them

     were the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

     And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold

     to measure the city and its gates and walls.

 

     The City lies foursquare, its length the same as its width.

     And he measured the City with his rod, 12,000 stadia.    (About 1380 miles ... or 1/2 the width of the US ... or 2/3 diameter of the Moon)

     Its length and width and height are equal.

     He also measured its wall,

     144 cubits by human measurement,

     which is also an angel's measurement.       (Consider that for a moment ...)

 

     The wall was built of jasper,

     while the City was pure gold, clear as glass.

     The foundations of the wall of the City were adorned with every kind of jewel.

     The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate,

     the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian,

     the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz,

     the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.

 

     And the twelve gates were twelve pearls,

     each of the gates made of a single pearl,

     and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass.

 

     And I saw no Temple in the City,

     for its Temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.

     And the City has no need of Sun or Moon to shine on it,

     for the glory of God gives it light,

     and its lamp is the Lamb.

 

     By its light will the nations walk,

     and the kings of the Earth will bring their glory into it,

     and its gates will never be shut by day --

     and there will be no night there.

 

     They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.

     But nothing unclean will ever enter it,

     nor anyone who does what is detestable or false,

     but ONLY those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life."     (See Revelation 20 ... (God's Promise ...)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Zechariah 10-12 ... Revelation 20

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Full Daily List and Index)  

 

Zechariah 10-12  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

Zechariah's MAJOR Prophecies of MESSIAH

 

A Prophecy of Messiah's FIRST coming ... (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ... From the ancient Jewish Scriptures)

 

   "But I (the Lord) became impatient with them,

     and they also detested me.

     So I said, “I will NOT be your Shepherd.

     What is to die, let it die.

     What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed ...

 

     And I took My staff Favor, and I broke it,

     annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples.

     So it was annulled on that Day ...

 

     Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give Me My wages; but if not, keep them.”

 

     And they weighed out as My wages thirty pieces of silver.

     Then the Lord said to Me,

     “Throw it to the potter” --   

        the Lordly price at which I was priced by them.

 

     So I took the thirty pieces of silver

     and threw them into the House of the Lord (the Temple),

     to the POTTER."       (This is EXACTLY what they did to the "Good Shepherd"... see Matthew 27)

 

     Then I broke my second staff Union,

     annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel."     (This is why Israel was so willing to give Gaza-Judah away ...)

 

 

A Prophecy of the Apocalypse and Armageddon (when ALL nations will turn against Israel and Jerusalem)  ...

 

   “Behold,

     I (God) am about to make JERUSALEM a cup of staggering

     to all the surrounding peoples.

     The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah.       ("Gaza" and the "West Bank" are in Judah ...)

 

     On that Day

     I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples.

     All who lift it

     will surely hurt themselves.

     And ALL the nations of the Earth

     will gather against it (Jerusalem).      (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

A Prophecy of Messiah's RETURN

AFTER Armageddon when God will restore Israel (with Judah and Jerusalem restored FIRST) ...

 

   “And I (God) will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem

     a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that,

     when they look on Me, on Him whom they have pierced,

     they shall MOURN for Him,

     as one mourns for an only Child,

     and WEEP BITTERLY over Him,

     as one weeps over a Firstborn."       (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

 

REVELATION 20   (with notes) ...

 

The Coming "Millennium" ... The 1000 Year Reign

 

   "Then I saw an angel coming down from Heaven,

     holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit (abyss) 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 (Abyss),

     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.       (When God will test Mankind's faith one last time ...)

 

     Then I saw thrones,

     and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed.

     Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded     

     for the testimony of Jesus     (Millions will be "beheaded" during the coming "Apocalypse")

     and for the Word of God,     (Special blessings are promised for all who hold fast to their faith even unto death)

     and those who had not worshiped the Beast (Antichrist) or its image       (The Antichrist is a coming World Leader)

     and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.      (NEVER take this Mark ... for torments will follow)

 

     They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand (1000) years.

     The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.

 

     This is the FIRST Resurrection (of the dead).     (For all who will place their faith and love in Messiah ... Jesus Christ)

     Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the First Resurrection!

     Over such the Second Death (HELL) has no power,     (The assurance of eternal life in HEAVEN ... Jew and Gentile ... it's NOT too late!!!) 

     but they will be priests of God and of Christ,

     and they will reign with him for a THOUSAND years.    (This is the "Millennial" Kingdom on EARTH ... not in Heaven)

 

AFTER the 1000 Years ... The Final Test For Mankind ... And The Defeat of Satan

 

     And when the thousand years are ENDED,

     Satan will be released from his prison

     and will come out to deceive the nations

     that are at the four corners of the Earth, Gog and Magog,

     to gather them for battle;

     their number is like the sand of the Sea.     (Those who survived the "Apocalypse" multiplied and once again rebelled)

 

     And they marched up over the broad plain of the Earth       (All the mountains have disappeared ... see Revelation 17)

     and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city (Jerusalem),

     but fire came down from Heaven and consumed them,

     and the Devil who had deceived them      (He is called the "father of ALL lies"... and 'the Deceiver")

     was thrown into the Lake of Fire and sulfur

     where the Beast and the False Prophet were (HELL),

     and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

The Great White Throne Judgment ... (For all who have NOT placed their faith and love in Messiah ... Jesus Christ)

 

     Then,      (After this final test and rebellion of Mankind on Earth after the 1000 years)

     I saw a Great White Throne

     and Him who was seated on it.

     From His presence Earth and sky fled away,

     and no place was found for them.

 

     And I saw the dead, great and small,

     standing before the Throne,      (You do NOT want to be among those standing before the Great White Throne ...)

     and books were opened.

     Then another book was opened,

     which is the Book of Life.      (ALL who DO place their faith in Jesus Christ (Messiah) ARE found written in this Book)

 

     And the dead were judged by what was written in the books,   

     according to what they had done.     

     And the Sea gave up the dead who were in it,

     Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them,

     and they were judged, each one of them,

     according to what they had done.       (None of their sins have been "washed away" by the Blood of the Lamb)

     Then Death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire.

     This is the SECOND Death,     (The Second Death (Hell) is the death ALL should fear)     (God's Promise ...)

     the Lake of Fire.      (Also called "the Outer Darkness" ... "where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth")

 

     And IF anyone's name was NOT found written in the Book of Life,

     he was THROWN into the Lake of Fire (HELL)."     (The assurance of eternal life in HEAVEN ... Jew and Gentile ... it's NOT too late!!!)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Zechariah 7-9 ... Revelation 19

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)  

 

Zechariah 7-9  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

Zechariah's Warnings and Prophecies of Messiah ...

 

   -  "They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the Law and the words that the Lord of hosts ...

 

The Coming Messiah ... King of Zion ... righteous and having salvation ... Humble ... Riding A Donkey

 

   "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
     Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!


     BEHOLD,

     your King is coming to you;
     righteous and having salvation is He,
     humble and mounted on a donkey,
     on a colt, the foal of a donkey."  
  (Fulfilled!! ..."Palm Sunday"... 
(PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ... From the ancient Jewish Scriptures)

 

The New Covenant ... The Covenant Of Messiah's Blood

 

   "As for you also,

     BECAUSE of the Blood of My Covenant with you,       (Fulfilled!!! ... see Jeremiah 31:31...  and Matthew 26:28-32)
     I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit (Sheol ... Hell).)     (This is exactly what Messiah did after the Cross)

 

 

REVELATION 19   (with notes) ...

 

Rejoicing in Heaven

 

   "After this I heard what seemed to be

     the loud voice of a great multitude in Heaven, crying out,

 

   “Hallelujah!
     Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
     for His judgments are true and just;
     for He has judged the great prostitute      (See Revelation 18)
     who corrupted the Earth with her immorality,
     and has avenged on her the blood of His servants.”

 

     Once more they cried out,

     “Hallelujah!
       The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”

 

     And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God

     who was seated on the Throne, saying,

     “Amen. Hallelujah!” 

 

       And from the Throne came a voice saying,

 

        “Praise our God,
          all you His servants,    
          you who fear (and love) Him,
          small and great.”    
(God's Promise ...)

 

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb    (There will be joy, excitement, fun, and laughter in Heaven ... forever!!!)

 

     Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,

     like the roar of many waters

     and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

 

     “Hallelujah!
       For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.    (God will reign on Earth ...)
       Let us rejoice and exult
       and give HIM the glory,

       for the Marriage of the Lamb has come,
       and His Bride has made herself ready;    
(The "Bride" is comprised of ALL who place their love and faith in Christ)

       it was granted her to clothe herself
       with fine linen, bright and pure” --

     for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.     ("Saints" are ALL who place their love and faith in Christ)

 

     And the angel said to me,

     “WRITE this:

       BLESSED are those who are invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.”      (God's Promise ...)

 

     And he said to me,

     “These are the true Words of God.”

 

     Then I fell down at his feet to worship him,    (He tried to worship the angel ... the Bible warns NEVER worship angels!)

     but he (the angel) said to me,

     “You must NOT do that!

       I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers

       who hold to the testimony of Jesus.

       Worship GOD.” 

     For the testimony of Jesus (Yeshua) is the spirit of prophecy.

 

Heaven Opened ... The Rider on a White Horse

 

     Then I saw Heaven opened,

     and BEHOLD,

     a white horse!      (The true Messiah ... not the "counterfeit" Antichrist ... see Revelation 6)

 

     The One sitting on it is called Faithful and True,

     and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 

     His eyes are like a flame of fire,

     and on His head are many diadems (crowns),

     and He has a Name written that no one knows but Himself. 

     He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood,

     and the Name by which He is called is The Word of God.       (He IS the "Word of God" who became flesh ... John 1)

 

     And the Armies of Heaven,

     arrayed in fine linen, white and pure,

     were following Him on white horses.     (All who placed their faith in Him will return with Him ...)

     From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations,

     and He will rule them with a rod of iron.

     He will tread the winepress of the fury of the Wrath of God the Almighty.     

 

     On His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written,

     King of kings and Lord of lords.        (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

The Great Supper of God ... (we are "saved" FROM this gruesome "supper" ... the aftermath of Armageddon)

 

     Then I saw an angel standing in the Sun,

     and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead,

     “Come, gather for the great supper of God,

       to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains,

       the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders,

       and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 

 

     And I saw the Beast (Antichrist) and the kings of the Earth

     with their armies gathered to make war against Him       (Jesus Christ ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     who was sitting on the horse and against His Army.

 

     And the Beast (Antichrist) was captured,

     and with it the False Prophet who in its presence (or on its behalf)

     had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the Beast

     and those who worshiped its image.

 

     These two were thrown ALIVE into the Lake of Fire that burns with sulfur (Hell).

     And the rest were slain by the sword

     that came from the mouth of Him who was sitting on the horse,

     and all the birds were gorged with their flesh."       (The assurance of eternal life in HEAVEN ... Jew and Gentile ... it's NOT too late!!!) 

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Zechariah 4-6 ... Revelation 18

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)  

 

Zechariah 4-6  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

Continuing with Zechariah's 10 Prophetic Visions ...

 

   -  The Golden Lampstand and Two Olive Trees  ...  (See Revelation 11  -  These are the "Two Witnesses")

   -  The Flying Scroll ... (with God's Law and Judgment)

   -  The Woman In The Basket ("Wickedness") being "flown" to Shinar (Babylon) for judgment ... (see Revelation 18)

   -  The Four Chariots drawn around the World by Red, Black, White, and Dappled Horses ... (see Revelation 6)

   -  The Crown and The Temple  ... The Coming Messiah (see Revelation 19-22)

 

REVELATION 18   (with notes) ...

 

The Fall of Babylon ...

(AFTER Noah ... Mankind's rebellion against God's authority and its worship of pleasure and greed began in Babylon)

 

   "After this I saw another angel coming down from Heaven, having great authority,

     and the Earth was made bright with his glory.

     And he called out with a mighty voice,

       “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!     (Bible Prophecies:  IRAQ -  (Babylon)
          She has become a dwelling place for demons,
          a haunt for every unclean spirit,
          a haunt for every unclean bird,
          a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
          For all nations have drunk 
          the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
          and the kings of the Earth have committed immorality with her,
          and the merchants of the Earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

 

     Then I heard another voice from Heaven saying,

        “Come OUT of her, My people,
          lest you take part in her sins,
          lest you share in her plagues; 
    
(The assurance of eternal life in HEAVEN  ... it's NOT too late!!!) 
          for her sins are heaped high as Heaven,    
          and God has remembered her iniquities.


          Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
          and repay her double for her deeds;
          mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
          As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
          so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
          since in her heart she says,
           ‘I sit as a queen,     ("I live by my own rules"... also ...  flee ANY religion that ever suggests a "Queen" of Heaven)
            I am no widow,
            and mourning I shall never see.’

          For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
          death and mourning and famine,
          and she will be burned up with fire;
          for MIGHTY is the Lord God who has judged her.”

 

     And the kings of the Earth,     (The World's Political leaders will mourn ...)

     who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her,   

     will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning.

     They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,

        “Alas! Alas! You great city,
          you mighty city, Babylon!
          For in a single hour your judgment has come.”      (This is all still future ...
(The "RAPTURE"... please don't be "left behind")

 

     And the merchants of the Earth weep and mourn for her,     (The World's Economic leaders will mourn ...)

     since no one buys their cargo anymore,

     cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth,

     silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory,

     all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble,

     cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense,

     wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots,

     and slaves, that is, human souls.

 

        “The fruit for which your soul longed
          has gone from you,
          and all your delicacies and your splendors
          are lost to you,
          never to be found again!”

 

     The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her,    

     will stand far off, in fear of her torment,

     weeping and mourning aloud,

        “Alas, alas, for the great city
          that was clothed in fine linen,
          in purple and scarlet,
          adorned with gold,
          with jewels, and with pearls!
          For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”

 

     And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors      (The World's Shipping leaders will mourn ...)

     and all whose trade is on the Sea,    

     stood far off and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,

        “What city was like the great city?”    

 

     And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,

        “Alas, alas, for the great city
          where all who had ships at sea
          grew rich by her wealth!
          For in a SINGLE HOUR she has been laid waste.
          Rejoice over her, O Heaven,     (There will be rejoicing in Heaven ...)
          and you saints and apostles and prophets,
          for God has given judgment for you against her!”

 

     Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the Sea, saying,

        “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,
          and will be found no more;
      (It epitomizes the World ... lifting worldly pleasures and desires above God's Word)
          and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,
          will be heard in you no more,
          and a craftsman of any craft
          will be found in you no more,
          and the sound of the mill
          will be heard in you no more,
          and the light of a lamp
          will shine in you no more,
          and the voice of bridegroom and bride
          will be heard in you no more,
          for your merchants were the great ones of the Earth,
          and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
          And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,    
          and of all who have been slain on Earth.”      (Judged because it hates the Son of God and all those who follow Him)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Zechariah 1-3 ... Revelation 17

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Zechariah 1-3  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   -  Prophecies of Messiah ... the "Branch"... the "Anointed One"        (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ... From the ancient Jewish Scriptures)  

   -  Prophecies of Israel being restored in Her Land ... and all her enemies defeated

 

REVELATION 17   (with notes) ...

 

The Great Prostitute and the Beast ...

 

  "Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me,

   “Come, I will show you the judgment of the Great Prostitute      (A "Religious" system who has turned from God's Word)

     who is seated on many waters,      (This religious system has spread all around the World ...)

     with whom the kings of the Earth have committed sexual immorality,      (Mixing "idol-image" worship with God's Word)

     and with the wine of whose sexual immorality

     the dwellers on Earth have become drunk.”

     And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness,

     and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet Beast that was full of blasphemous names,

     and it had seven heads and ten horns.     (See the prophecies of Satan and the Antichrist in the earlier chapters ...)

     The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet,

     and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls,      (This religious system will be known by its "regal" persona ...)

     holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations

     and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

     And on her forehead was written a name of mystery:

   “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of Earth's abominations.”

     And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints,

     the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.      (This apostate church or religious system will kill many Bible believing Christians)

 

     When I saw her, I marveled greatly.

     But the angel said to me,

   “Why do you marvel?

     I will tell you the mystery of the woman,

     and of the Beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her.

     The Beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit    (Satan ...)

     and go to destruction.      (We find later Satan will be cast into the outer darkness and lake of fire ...)

     And the dwellers on Earth whose names have NOT been written in the Book of Life     

     from the foundation of the World       (God's Promise ...)

     will marvel to see the Beast,      (In the Bible ALL who not with Jesus Christ (God's Word) are considered with Satan)

     because it was and is not and is to come.     (Your choice is Jesus and Heaven ... or Satan and Hell ... there is no other)

 

     This calls for a mind with wisdom:

     the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated;      (An allusion to "Rome"...)

     they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen,

     one is, the other has not yet come,

     and when he does come he must remain only a little while.      (The Antichrist ... a very popular coming world leader)

 

     As for the Beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven,

     and it goes to destruction.

     And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings   

     who have not yet received royal power,  

     but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour,

     together with the Beast.      (He will rise over 10 nations of the ancient Roman Empire ... he will consolidate 3 of them)

     These are of one mind,

     and they hand over their power and authority to the Beast.

     They will make war on the Lamb,       (Jesus Christ ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     and the Lamb will conquer them,       (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

     for He is Lord of lords and King of kings,

     and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.”     (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!) 

 

     And the angel said to me,

   “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated,

     are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages.

     And the ten horns that you saw,

     they and the Beast will hate the prostitute.      (The Antichrist and nations will later turn against this religious system)

     They will make her desolate and naked,

     and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire,

     for God has put it into their hearts to carry out His purpose

     by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the Beast,

     until the Words of God are fulfilled.

     And the woman that you saw is the great city    (After the Flood, the global rebellion against God began in Babylon)

     that has dominion over the kings of the Earth.”     (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind")

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Haggai 1-2 ... Revelation 16

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Haggai 1-2  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God speaks of the Coming "Day of God's Wrath" ... (God warns Mankind of the "Apocalypse" throughout the Bible)

 

   "Yet once more, in a little while,      (The first time was with the Flood of Noah ...)

     I will shake the heavens and the Earth

     and the sea and the dry land.

     And I will shake all Nations ..."     (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind")

 

 

REVELATION 16   (with notes) ...

 

The Seven Bowls of God's Wrath

 

   "Then I heard a loud voice from the Temple

     telling the seven angels,

   “Go and pour out on the Earth

     the seven bowls of the Wrath of God.”

 

Harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the Beast and worshipped its image ...

 

     So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the Earth,

     and harmful and painful sores came upon the people

     who bore the mark of the Beast and worshiped its image.

 

The Sea will be turned into the blood of a corpse ... every living thing that is in the Sea will die

 

     The second angel poured out his bowl into the Sea,

     and it became like the blood of a corpse,

     and every living thing died that was in the sea.

 

The rivers and the springs of water will become blood

BECAUSE they have shed the blood of the saints and prophets ...

 

     The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water,

     and they became blood.

     And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say,

 

   “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,
     for you brought these judgments.
    
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
     and you have given them blood to drink.
     It is what they deserve!”

 

     And I heard the altar saying,

   “Yes, Lord God the Almighty,
     true and just are your judgments!”

 

The Sun will "scorch" people on Earth with fire and fierce heat ...

 

     The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the Sun,

     and it was allowed to scorch people with fire.

     They were scorched by the fierce heat,

     and they cursed (blasphemed) the Name of God

     who had power over these plagues.

     They did not repent and give Him glory.

 

Great darkness ... people gnawed their tongues in anguish

 

     The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the Beast,

     and its kingdom was plunged into darkness.

     People gnawed their tongues in anguish

     and cursed the God of Heaven for their pain and sores.

     They did not repent of their deeds.

 

ARMAGEDDON:       (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

God will assemble the kings of the whole world "to the place called Armageddon" ...

 

     The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates,

     and its water was 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 Beast

     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 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.

 

The Final Judgment:  The Seventh Bowl is poured out into the air ...

 

     The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air,

     and a loud voice came out of the Temple, from the Throne, saying,

     “It is done!”

 

A great Earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the Earth ...

 

     And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder,

     and a great Earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the Earth,

     so great was that Earthquake.

     The great city was split into three parts,

     and the cities of the nations fell,

     and God remembered Babylon the great,

     to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his Wrath.

 

Every island and mountain on Earth will disappear ...

 

     And every island fled away,

     and no mountains were to be found.

 

Great hailstones about 100 pounds each will fall upon people ...

 

     And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each,

     fell from Heaven on people;

     and they cursed God for the plague of the hail,

     because the plague was so severe."       (Prophecies:  The "RAPTURE"... God's provided that generation a way to ESCAPE these things)   

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Zephaniah 1-3 ... Revelation 15

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

The passages in Zephaniah and Revelation are both describing aspects of the same coming "Day of the God's Wrath"...

 

Zephaniah 1-3  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   “I will utterly sweep away everything
     from the face of the Earth,” declares the
Lord.


     I will sweep away man and beast;
     I will sweep away the birds of the heavens
     and the fish of the sea
...      (The whole Earth will be made desolate ...)


     I will cut off Mankind
     from the face of the Earth,” declares the
Lord.     (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind")

 

   "Those who have turned back from following the Lord,
      who do not seek the
Lord
or inquire of Him.”     (There is no faith or acknowledgment of God in their lives ...)

 

     I will punish the men     (Mankind ... men and women)
     who are complacent,
 
     those who say in their hearts,
    ‘The
Lord
will not do good,
      nor will He do ill.’   

 

the day of the wrath of the Lord ... 

 

    A DAY OF WRATH is that Day,     (The Bible says followers of Messiah are NOT appointed to "the Day of Wrath"...)
     a Day of distress and anguish,
     a Day of ruin and devastation,
     a Day of darkness and gloom,
     a Day of clouds and thick darkness,
     a Day of trumpet blast and battle cry
     against the fortified cities
     and against the lofty battlements.

 

     I will bring distress on Mankind,
     so that they shall walk like the blind,
     BECAUSE they have sinned against the
Lord


   "Their blood shall be poured out like dust,
      and their flesh like dung.

 

     ALL the Earth shall be consumed ...

     a full and sudden end He will make

     of ALL the inhabitants of the Earth       (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

God PLEADS with those in Israel to with ALL Mankind

to RETURN to Him BEFORE it's too late ... 

God warns GAZA (which is in the Land given to the tribe of Judah)

will help trigger the coming Day of Wrath      .(From Zephaniah 2:  GAZA ... Gaza is LINKED to the coming "APOCALYPSE") ... 

 

   "Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
     the oppressing city!  
     She listens to no voice;
     she accepts no correction.
     She does NOT trust in the
Lord;
     she does NOT draw near to her God.    
(The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!) 


   "For My decision is to gather nations,     ("Armageddon"...)
     to assemble kingdoms,
     to pour out upon them My indignation,
     all My burning anger;
     for in the fire of My jealousy
     ALL the Earth shall be consumed.     
(Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

AFTERWARDS:  Israel's Joy and Restoration

 

   "Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
     shout, O Israel!
     Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
     O daughter of Jerusalem!

     The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
     He has cleared away your enemies.    
(God will fulfill ALL His promises, blessings and curses with nation Israel)
 

     The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;     (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)      
     you shall never again fear evil ....

     The
Lord
your God is in your midst,       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ... From the ancient Jewish Scriptures)
     a Mighty One who will save;     (Savior)
     HE will rejoice over you with gladness;
     HE will quiet (calm) you by His love;    
(Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

 

REVELATION 15   (with notes) ...

 

Revelation reveals the "details" of many events which will come upon the Earth during "The Day of God's Wrath" ...

 

Preparing The Seven Angels with Seven Bowls filled with the WRATH of God ... the LAST Seven Plagues

 

   "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.    (These will be the last series before Jesus returns to "restore"...)

 

     AND I saw what appeared to be a Sea of Glass mingled with fire --

     and also those who had conquered the Beast    (the Antichrist)

     and its image and the number of its name,    (Those who will be killed for their faith during the "Great Tribulation")

     standing beside the Sea of Glass with harps of God 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!       ("King of kings and Lord of lords")
          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.”      
(Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

The Seven Bowls with Seven Plagues are prepared ... The WRATH of God.

 

     After this I looked,

     and the Sanctuary of the Tent (Tabernacle) of Witness in Heaven was opened,

     and out of the Sanctuary

     came the seven angels with the seven plagues,     (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

     clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests.

 

     And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels

     seven golden bowls full of the WRATH of God who lives forever and ever,

     and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power,

     and no one could enter the Sanctuary    

     UNTIL the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished."       (Prophecies:  The "RAPTURE"... is to ESCAPE these things)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Habakkuk 1-3 ... Revelation 14

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Habakkuk 1-3  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   -  "The righteous shall live     (Eternally in God's Kingdom of Heaven)

        by his faith."    

 

Habakkuk's reaction after being told and shown God's prophecy concerning "The Day Of Trouble"...

 

   "I HEAR,

     and my body trembles;
     my lips quiver at the sound;
     rottenness enters into my bones;
     my legs tremble beneath me.
     Yet I will quietly wait for the Day of Trouble
     to come upon people who invade us (Israel and Jerusalem)."      
(Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

Through Habakkuk God teaches us to rejoice in the Lord even during devastating trials and situations ...

 

   "Though the fig tree should not blossom,
     nor fruit be on the vines,
     the produce of the olive fail
     and the fields yield no food,
     the flock be cut off from the fold
     and there be no herd in the stalls,       (When we are left with nothing but our faith and hope in God ...)
     yet I will REJOICE in the
Lord;       (In James 1:2 we are told to "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials")
     I will take joy in the God of my salvation.     
 (God's Promise ...)
    
God
, the Lord, is my strength;
     He makes my feet like the deer's;
     He makes me tread on my high places."    
(Finding HOPE and COMFORT in Times of Trouble ...)

 

 

REVELATION 14   (with notes) ...

 

The Lamb and the 144,000 ... (See Revelation 7 - these are chosen from the Tribes and Children of Israel)    

 

   "Then I looked, and behold,

     on Mount Zion stood the Lamb,

     and with Him 144,000

     who had His Name and His Father's Name written on their foreheads.

     And I heard a voice from Heaven like the roar of many waters

     and like the sound of loud thunder.

 

     The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps,

     and they were singing a new song before the throne

     and before the four living creatures

     and before the elders.

 

     No one could learn that song except the 144,000

     who had been redeemed from the Earth.

     It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins.

     It is these who follow the Lamb wherever He goes.

     These have been redeemed from Mankind

     as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,

     and in their mouth no lie was found,

     for they are blameless.

 

The Messages of the Three Angels

 

     Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead,

     with an eternal Gospel ("Good News" of Messiah)       (Some say this might be a satellite broadcast ... we don't know.)

     to proclaim to those who dwell on Earth,    (The two witnesses, the 144,000 Jews, and this angel will all be sent by God)

     to EVERY nation and tribe and language and people.     (Millions will be saved through these teaching faith in Jesus)

 

     And he said with a loud voice,

   “Fear God and give Him glory,    ("The fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom"... and God blesses those who fear Him)

     because the hour of His Judgment has come,

     and worship Him who made Heaven and Earth,

     the Sea and the springs of water.”     ("In the Beginning God created"... we either believe God or those who hate Him)

 

     Another angel, a second, followed, saying,

   “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great,

     she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion (or wrath)

     of her sexual immorality.”

 

A terrible curse for ALL who will take the "mark" of the Beast ...

 

     And another angel, a third, followed them,      (The world "angel" literally means "messenger"...)

     saying with a loud voice,

   “If anyone worships the Beast and its image

     and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,

     he also will drink the wine of God's wrath,

     poured full strength into the cup of his anger,

     and he WILL be tormented with fire and sulfur

     in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

     And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever,

     and they have NO rest, day or night,

     these worshipers of the Beast and its image,

     and WHOEVER receives the mark of its name.”

 

A word of hope and encouragement for all those who will REFUSE to take the "mark" through their faith in Jesus  ...

 

     Here is a call for the endurance of the saints,      ("Saints" is from "sanctified" which means "set apart" by God)

     those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.    (ALL who love God and Jesus are called "saints")

     And I heard a voice from Heaven saying,

   “Write this: 

     BLESSED are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

   “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit,

   “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

 

The "Harvest" of those on Earth who turn to God and Jesus (Yeshua) in faith, love, trust, and obedience ...

 

     Then I looked,

     and behold,

     a white cloud,

     and seated on the cloud one like a son of man,

     with a golden crown on his head,

     and a sharp sickle in his hand.

     And another angel came out of the Temple,

     calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud,

   “Put in your sickle, and reap,

     for the hour to reap has come,

     for the harvest of the Earth is fully ripe.”

     So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the Earth,

     and the Earth was reaped.     (We are told millions will be "beheaded" at this time for their faith in Christ (Messiah)

 

The "Harvest of Wrath" of those who have hardened their hearts against God and rebel against His Word  ...

 

     Then another angel came out of the Temple in Heaven,

     and he too had a sharp sickle.

     And another angel came out from the altar,

     the angel who has authority over the fire,

     and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle,

   “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the Earth,

     for its grapes are ripe.”

     So the angel swung his sickle across the Earth

     and gathered the grape harvest of the Earth

     and threw it into the great winepress of the Wrath of God.

     And the winepress was trodden outside the City (Jerusalem),

     and blood flowed from the winepress,

     as high as a horse's bridle,

     for 1,600 stadia (about 184 miles)."      (Prophecies: The "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)        (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Nahum 1-3 ... Revelation 13

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Nahum 1-3  (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

   -  God warns of the coming Day of God's Wrath and Indignation ... who can stand against it?

   -  But "God is good" and a "stronghold" in "the Day of Trouble" for "those who take refuge in Him" 

   -  Terrible judgment against Nineveh (Assyria)

   -  A "Worthless Counselor" who "Plotted Evil Against The Lord" (Antichrist?) came from them

 

REVELATION 13   (with notes) ...

 

The FIRST Beast  (The coming Antichrist)

 

   "And I saw a Beast rising out of the Sea,    (The final gentile "empire"... Satan's Antichrist ... a counterfeit "Messiah")

     with ten horns and seven heads,    (He will first rise over 10 nations from the ancient Roman Empire)

     with ten diadems on its horns      (Study the "Beasts" in Daniel 7 which prophesied 4 Empires and Antichrist)

     and blasphemous names on its heads.      (See Revelation 12 ... Satan is the power controlling this Leader)

     And the Beast that I saw was like a leopard;      (In Daniel the "leopard" represented the Greek empire)

     its feet were like a bear's,       (In Daniel the "bear" represented the Medo-Persian empire)

     and its mouth was like a lion's mouth.      (In Daniel the "lion" represented the Babylonian empire)

 

     And to it the Dragon (Satan) gave his power    (See Revelation 12 where God tells us the "Dragon" is "Satan")

     and his throne and great authority.

     One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound,

     but its mortal wound was healed,      (The Antichrist may appear to be "resurrected" from a mortal wound)

     and the whole Earth marveled as they followed the Beast.

     And they worshiped the Dragon,

     for he had given his authority to the Beast,

     and they worshiped the Beast, saying,

   “Who is like the Beast, and who can fight against it?”

 

     And the Beast was given a mouth      (Other prophecies also mention he will have a loud and busy mouth ...)

     uttering haughty (arrogant) and blasphemous words,

     and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.       (Exactly 1260 days ... 3 ½ years ... final "Tribulation")

 

     It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God,

     blaspheming His Name and His Dwelling,   

     that is, those who dwell in Heaven.    (This may refer to those "Raptured" who were indwelt by God's Spirit)

     Also it was allowed to make war on the saints

     and to conquer them.     (We are told of blessings in Heaven for the millions who will be killed by the Beast)

 

     And authority was given it

     over EVERY tribe and people and language and nation,      (A coming "One-World Government" and Leader)

     and ALL who dwell on Earth will worship it,   

     everyone whose name has NOT been written before the foundation of the World

     in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain.     (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!) 

 

     If anyone has an ear, let him hear:   (These words are important ...)

 

        'If anyone is to be taken captive,
           to captivity he goes;
        if anyone is to be slain with the sword,
           with the sword must he be slain.'    
(Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind")

 

     Here (verse above) is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints."     (Finding HOPE and COMFORT in Times of Trouble ...)

 

The SECOND Beast   (The Antichrist will have a Religious Partner ... a coming "One-World Religious System")

 

     Then I saw ANOTHER Beast rising out of the Earth.

     It had two horns like a lamb      (He will rise with "Christian" credentials or title ... and a call for "peaceful coexistence")

     and it spoke like a dragon.      (But he is empowered and controlled by "Satan"... great lies and deception)

     It exercises ALL the authority of the first Beast (Antichrist) in its presence (or on its behalf),

     and makes the Earth and its inhabitants worship the first Beast,

     whose mortal wound was healed.    (Another hint the Antichrist may revive after an assassination attempt)

 

     It (the "Religious" Beast) performs great signs,    (These two coming World Leaders will perform miracles)

     even making fire come down from Heaven to Earth in front of people,   (Mimicking the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11)

     and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the Beast      (These "Leaders" will be very, very, popular)

     it DECEIVES those who dwell on Earth,      (He will deceive the World into thinking they are "Godly" men ...)

     telling them to make an image for the Beast

     that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.      (Another hint the Antichrist may rise after a mortal attack)

     And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the Beast,

     so that the image of the Beast might even speak   (Miraculous? ... Virtual Reality? ... Disney Animatronics?)

     and might cause those who would NOT worship the image of the Beast

     to be SLAIN.     (God promises blessings and Eternal Life for ALL who will die for their faith in Messiah.)

 

A Coming "One-World Economy" AND "Global Monetary System". . .

 

     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,      (Tattoo? ... Micro-chip? ... We don't know right now.)

     that is, the name of the Beast      (This "mark" identifies the wearer with Satan and his Antichrist)

     or the number of its name.    (Warning:  ALL who take this mark will be CURSED ... FOREVER!)

 

An Enigma ...

 

     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.    

 

Note:  This prophecy is very crucial for those who have not accepted Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) as their Lord and will be alive when this coming world leader (the Antichrist) rises to power and this law is enacted and enforced.  This "mark" may be some kind of tattoo, or implanted microchip with all of your credit card and banking information, we really don’t know right now.  It will not be easy to refuse this mark, whatever it is, for many of you will have families and children that will need to be fed.  But, please be warned . . . by taking this mark, you will have sealed your eternal fate in Hell.  In God’s eyes it identifies you with the Antichrist ... and Satan.  There will be no turning back for any who take the "mark, the name of the Beast, or the number of his name."  The utter darkness, loneliness, and torments of Hell will be their fate and their eternal destiny ...   (Prophecies:  The coming ANTICHRIST)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Micah 6-7 ... Revelation 12

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Micah 6-7  (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

   -  What does the Lord require?  "Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your Lord"

   -  God will destroy the wicked

   -  Wait for the God of Salvation ..."The Godly has perished from the Earth ... There is no one upright among Mankind"

   -  All the nations who come against Israel ("Armageddon") will be made desolate ... "Shall turn in dread to the Lord"

   -  God will one day pardon and bless the "remnant" of Israel

 

 

REVELATION 12   (with notes) ...

 

This chapter gives us a glimpse into the invisible powers and forces at work around us  ...

AND IT EXPLAINS "WHY" ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD (who the Bible clearly says are controlled by Satan)

WILL TRY TO DESTROY ISRAEL ... AND ALL HER PEOPLE..

 

The Woman (Israel) and the Dragon (Satan) ...

 

   "And a great sign appeared in Heaven:

     a Woman clothed with the Sun,

     with the Moon under her feet,

     and on her head a crown of Twelve Stars.    (See Genesis 37:9 - The Woman is Israel and the 12 Stars are the 12 Tribes)

     She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.

 

     And another sign appeared in Heaven:

     BEHOLD,

     a Great Red Dragon,

     with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.       (See the parallel prophecies of the "Antichrist")

     His tail swept down a third of the stars of Heaven

     and cast them to the Earth.     (One-third of all angels in Heaven have rebelled under Satan's command)

 

     And the Dragon stood before the Woman who was about to give birth,

     so that when she bore her Child he might devour it.    (This Child was FIRST prophesied in Genesis 3:15 ... "her Seed")

     She gave birth to a male Child,      (Messiah ... Christ in English ... who God said would destroy Satan in Genesis 3:15)

     One who is to rule ALL the nations with a rod of iron,

     but her Child was caught up to God and to His Throne,    (This was when Jesus ascended into Heaven ... see Acts 1:9)

     and the Woman fled into the wilderness,     (During the "Great Tribulation" ..."The Time of Jacob's (Israel's) Trouble")

     where she has a place prepared by God,     

     in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.      (Exactly 3 1/2 years ... prophetic 360 day years)

 

War in Heaven ... Satan Thrown Down to Earth

 

   "Now war arose in Heaven,

     Michael and his angels fighting against the Dragon.      (Michael is the powerful Archangel assigned to protect Israel)

     And the Dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated,

     and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven.

 

     And the Great Dragon was thrown down,

     that ancient Serpent,     (The "Serpent" in the Garden ... see Genesis 3)

     who is called the Devil and Satan,    (God clearly explains "WHO" the Great Red Dragon is ...)

     the deceiver of the whole World --

     he was thrown down to the Earth,

     and his angels were thrown down with him.

 

     And I heard a loud voice in Heaven, saying,

   “Now the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God

     and the authority of His Christ (Messiah) have come,

     for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down,

     who accuses them day and night before our God.

 

     And they (the brethren in Christ) have conquered him (Satan)

     BY the Blood of the Lamb

     and by the Word of their testimony,

     for they loved not their lives even unto death.     (Millions who turn to the Lord in faith will be killed ...)

 

     Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!       (Consider this verse ...)

     But woe to you, O Earth and Sea,

     for the Devil has come down to you in great wrath,

     because he KNOWS that his time is short!”     (We are told the Earth and Mankind will be made "desolate" at this time)

 

     And when the Dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the Earth,

     he pursued the Woman  (Israel)    

     who had given birth to the male Child.     (Satan may believe he can win and survive IF he destroys Israel ...)

     But the Woman was given the two wings of the great eagle

     so that she might fly from the Serpent into the wilderness,

     to the place where she is to be nourished

     for a time, and times, and half a time.    (Exactly 3 1/2 years ... 1260 days ... the last half of the Great Tribulation)

 

     The Serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman,

     to sweep her away with a flood.

     But the Earth came to the help of the Woman,

     and the Earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river      (We don't yet know what this description represents ...)

     that the Dragon had poured from his mouth.    (This is still future ... yet, those on Earth at that time WILL understand)

 

     Then the Dragon became furious with the Woman

     and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring,

     on those who keep the Commandments of God

     and hold to the testimony of Jesus (Yeshua).     (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind") 

     And he stood on the sand of the sea."

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Micah 4-5 ... Revelation 11

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Micah 4-5  (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

Around 700 BC God tells the Children of Israel WHERE Messiah would be born ...

 

   "But you, O BETHLEHEM Ephrathah,

     though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

     Yet out of you shall come forth to Me

     The One to be RULER in Israel,

     Whose goings forth have been

     from of old, from everlasting."    (Eternal!)

     (Micah 5:2)        

 

"Everlasting"... a Biblical description of God!!!   The Bible warns Messiah would step forth from Eternity.

 

God warns there will be TWO overwhelming invasions of Judah and Israel ...

 

   -  First ... "Babylon"... and God would rescue them (as He did)

   -  Second ... "Many Nations" will assemble against Israel ...   (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon)

   -  GOD will rescue Israel ... and ISRAEL will then rule over ALL NATIONS ...  (Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

 

REVELATION 11   (with notes) ...

 

A new Temple will be built in Jerusalem around the time of Armaggedon  ...

 

   "Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told,

   “Rise and measure the Temple of God

     and the altar and those who worship there,

     but do not measure the court outside the Temple;

     leave that out,

     for it is given over to the nations (Gentiles),

     and they will trample the Holy City for forty-two months.

 

God will send Two Witnesses    (There is much speculation here ... many think they'll be Moses and either Elijah or Enoch)

 

     And I will grant authority to MY Two Witnesses,

     and they will prophesy for 1,260 days,

     clothed in sackcloth.”

 

     These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands       (Study the Prophets ...)

     that stand before the Lord of the Earth.

     And if anyone would harm them,

     fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes.

     If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.

 

     They have the power to shut the sky,

     that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying,

     and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood

     and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague,

     as often as they desire.

 

     And when they have finished their testimony,

     the Beast that rises from the bottomless pit (the Abyss)

     will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,

     and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city

     that symbolically (spiritually) is called Sodom and Egypt,

     where their Lord was crucified.    (Jerusalem)

 

     For three and a half days

     some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations

     will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,

     and those who dwell on the Earth will rejoice over them

     and make merry and exchange presents,    (This is the only mention of any "rejoicing" during the Great Tribulation)

     BECAUSE these Two Prophets had been a torment

     to those who dwell on the Earth.

 

     But after the three and a half days

     a breath of life from God entered them,

     and they stood up on their feet,

     and great fear fell on those who saw them.       (Perhaps this whole event will be televised worldwide on CNN ...)

 

     Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!”

     And they went up to Heaven in a cloud,

     and their enemies watched them.

     And at that hour there was a great earthquake,

     and a tenth of the city fell.

     Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake,

     and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of Heaven.

 

     The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.

 

The Seventh Trumpet ...

 

     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 (Messiah),

     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,       (notice the "and is to come" is not included here  ... for it has now been fulfilled)
     for You have taken Your great power
     and begun to reign.

     The nations raged,       (See Psalm 2 ...)
     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.”

 

     Then God's Temple in Heaven was opened,

     and the Ark of His Covenant was seen within His Temple.

     There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder,

     an earthquake, and heavy hail."      (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon)       (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE")

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Micah 1-3 ... Revelation 10

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Micah 1-3  (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

The Coming Destruction ...   (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

   "HEAR, you peoples, ALL of you;

     pay attention, O Earth,

     and all that is in it,
     and let the Lord
God be a witness against you,
     the Lord from His Holy Temple.
     For behold, the
Lord
is coming out of His place,
     and will come down and tread upon the high places of the Earth.
     And the mountains will melt under Him ..."    
(Prophecies:  MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

   -  God warns Leaders and religious teachers "who hate the good and love the evil"

 

REVELATION 10   (with notes) ...

 

Before The 7th Trumpet (Judgment) Sounds ...

 

   "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 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.”   (Many wonder what these "7 Thunders" prophesied ... but we will never know in this life.)

 

     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,    (Throughout the Bible ... Beginning to End ... we are reminded that GOD is the Creator)

     that there would be no more delay,

     but that in the days of the trumpet call

     to be sounded by the seventh angel,      (For the 7th trumpet has not yet sounded)

     the mystery of God would be fulfilled,

     just as He announced

     to His servants the Prophets.     (The Bible contains the History of the World ... written in advance!!!)

 

     Then the voice that I had heard from Heaven spoke to me again, saying,

   “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand

     of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

     So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll.

     And he said to me, “Take and eat it;

     it will make your stomach bitter,      (When he sees what this World and ALL who reject God will one day go through ...)

     but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”      (When he sees how the World will be AFTER Messiah returns ...)

     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.”    (This will be a global hurricane of fire and death ... not the Romans in 70 AD)

 

Note:  Little Man on this little Earth will be destroyed FOR rejecting the God who Created them ... and Who loved them.

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Jonah 1-4 ... Revelation 9

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Jonah 1-4 (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

   -  Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

   -  Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

   -  A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

   -  Jonah's Prayer

   -  Jonah Goes to Nineveh

   -  The King and People of Nineveh Repent       (They turned away from their sinful ways)

   -  Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion     (Jonah knew God would graciously turn from His judgment if Ninevah repented ...)

 

REVELATION 9   (with notes) ...

 

The 3 Last Trumpet Judgments ...

 

   "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 (abyss). 

     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.

 

     Then from the smoke came locusts on the Earth,

     and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the Earth.

     They were told not to harm the grass of the Earth or any green plant or any tree,

     but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

 

     They were allowed to torment them for five months,

     but not to kill them,

     and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone.

     And in those days people will seek death and will not find it.

     They will long to die,

     but death will flee from them.

 

     In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle:

     on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold;

     their faces were like human faces,

     their hair like women's hair,

     and their teeth like lions' teeth;

     they had breastplates like breastplates of iron,

     and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle.

 

     They have tails and stings like scorpions,

     and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.

 

     They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit.

     His name in Hebrew is Abaddon,

     and in Greek he is called Apollyon (Destroyer).

 

     The first woe has passed;

     behold, two woes are still to come.

    

     Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet,

     and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God,

     saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet,

   “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

 

     So the four angels,

     who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year,

     were released to kill a THIRD of Mankind.        (A FOURTH of Mankind had already been killed earlier ...)

 

     The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand;  (200,000,000!)

     I heard their number.

     And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them:

     they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur,

     and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads,

     and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths.

 

     By these three plagues

     a third of mankind was killed,

     by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths.

     For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails,

     for their tails are like serpents with heads,

     and by means of them they wound.

 

     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."          (Unlike those in Nineveh (see above) these people will refuse to "repent" and turn back to God)

 

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Obadiah 1 ... Revelation 8

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

REVELATION 8   (with notes) ...

 

The 7th Seal is opened ...

 

   "When the Lamb opened the seventh seal,

     there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

 

     Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God,

     and seven trumpets were given to them.

     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 the golden altar before the throne,

     and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints,

     rose before God from the hand of the angel.

     Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar

     and threw it on the Earth,

     and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning,

     and an earthquake.

 

The Seven Trumpet Judgments

 

     Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

     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.

 

     The second angel blew his trumpet,

     and something like a great mountain, burning with fire,

     was thrown into the sea,

     and a third of the sea became blood.

     A third of the living creatures in the sea died,

     and a third of the ships were destroyed.

 

     The third angel blew his trumpet,

     and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch,

     and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.

     The name of the star is Wormwood.        (In ancient Russian Bibles "Wormwood" is translated "Chernobyl")

     A third of the waters became wormwood,

     and many people died from the water,

     because it had been made bitter.

 

     The fourth angel blew his trumpet,

     and a third of the sun was struck,

     and a third of the moon,

     and a third of the stars,

     so that a third of their light might be darkened,

     and a third of the day might be kept from shining,

     and likewise a third of the night.

 

     Then I looked,

     and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead,

        “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the Earth,

          at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Amos 7-9 ... Revelation 7

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

AMOS 7 - 9 (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

A Prophecy of what GOD would do on The Day Messiah ..."The Lamb of God"... would be Sacrificed ... Crucified

 

   “And on THAT Day,” declares the Lord God,       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ...  from the ancient Jewish Scriptures)
   “I will make the Sun go down at noon
     and darken the Earth in broad daylight.    
(See Luke 23:44-46)
     I will turn your feasts into mourning
     and all your songs into lamentation;
     I will bring sackcloth on every waist
     and baldness on every head;

     I will make it like the mourning for an only Son
     and the end of it like a bitter day."    
(PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN) 

 

God warns of the Day when it will be difficult to find teachers, churches, or synagogues who will teach God's Word ...

 

   “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
     when I will send a FAMINE on the land—
     NOT a famine of bread,

     NOR a thirst for water,
     but of HEARING the Words of the
Lord.
     They shall wander from sea to sea,
     and from north to east;
     they shall run to and fro,

     to seek the Word of the Lord,
     but they shall not find it."

 

-  Prophecies concerning the Destruction of Israel ...

-  Then, Prophecies concerning the coming Restoration of Israel

 

 

REVELATION 7   (with notes) ...

 

144,000 of the Children of ISRAEL

Will Be Safely "Sealed" During The Coming "Apocalypse" ...

 

   "After this       (After the first wave of War and Destruction sweeps across the Earth ... see Revelation 6)

     I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the Earth,

     holding back the four winds of the Earth,

     that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.    (There will be a period of time when NO wind will blow)

 

     Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the Sun,

     with the Seal of the living God,

     and he called with a loud voice

     to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying,

 

   “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees,

     UNTIL we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

 

     And I heard the number of the sealed,

     144,000, sealed     (These will carry the Word of Jesus Christ ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew ... into ALL Nations)

     FROM every tribe of the sons of ISRAEL:       (The 144,000 are chosen from ISRAEL ... then sent to preach God's Word)

     12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,     (144,000 go into the Tribulation ... 144,000 will come out of the Tribulation)
     12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
     12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
     12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
     12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
     12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
     12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
     12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
     12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
     12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
     12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
     12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed      (Ask your Jehovah Witness friend which Tribe of Israel they are from)

 

THEN, a "Great Multitude" (millions and millions) from EVERY nation will come to believe Jesus (Yeshua) is Lord  ...

 

     After this I looked       (After the 144,000 Jews have embarked on their mission around the world ...)

     and BEHOLD,

     a great multitude that no one could number,     (Millions will be saved ... and martyred ... during the "Apocalypse")

     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.”

 

     Then one of the elders addressed me, saying,

   “WHO are these, clothed in white robes,

     and from where have they come?”

     I said to him, “Sir, YOU know.”     

     And he said to me,

   “These are the ones coming OUT of the Great Tribulation.     (These come AFTER "the church" has been "Raptured")

     They have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.

 

     Therefore they are before the Throne of God,
     and serve Him day and night in His Temple;
     and He who sits on the Throne will shelter them with His presence.
 

     They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
     the sun shall not strike them,
     nor any scorching heat.
     For the Lamb in the midst of the Throne will be their Shepherd,
     and He will guide them to springs of living water,
     and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Amos 4-6 ... Revelation 6

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

AMOS 4 - 6 (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

   "Seek good, and not evil,
     that you may LIVE (in Heaven);
    
(God's Promise ...)   
     and so the
Lord, the God of hosts (Armies),

     will be with you ...  (and not against you)

 

   "WOE to you who desire the Day of the Lord!      (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" ... "The Time of Jacob's (Israel's) Trouble")
     Why would you have the Day of the
Lord
?
     It is darkness (evil), and not light (good) ..."    
  (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind") 

 

 

REVELATION 6   (with notes) ...

 

The Seals ...

 

   "Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the Seven Seals,

     and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”

 

     And I looked, and behold, a white horse!      (A counterfeit "messiah"... the coming Antichrist)

     And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him,

     and he came out conquering, and to conquer.      (Prophecies:  The ANTICHRIST)      (He will first be considered a man of "peace")

 

     When He (The Lamb ... Messiah ... the Son of God) opened the second seal,

     I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”

     And out came another horse, bright red.

     Its rider was permitted to take peace from the Earth,

     so that people should slay one another,

     and he was given a great sword.    (This coming man of "peace"... the Antichrist ... will bring WAR!!!)

 

     When He opened the third seal,

     I heard the third living creature say, “Come!”

     And I looked, and behold, a black horse!

     And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.

     And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying,

   “A quart of wheat for a denarius,     (great "inflation"... a denarius was around a full day's wage)

     and three quarts of barley for a denarius,

     and do not harm the oil and wine!”      (At this point many wealthy will still enjoy their luxuries ...)

 

     When He opened the fourth seal,

     I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

     And I looked, and behold, a pale horse!

     And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him.

     And they were given authority over a fourth of the Earth,    (First, one-fourth of all Mankind will be quickly killed ...)

     to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence (disease)

     and by wild beasts of the Earth.     (The "wild beasts" may be evil and violent men)

 

     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.       (Many will turn to Messiah (Christ) and will be killed ...)

 

     When He opened the sixth seal,

     I looked, and behold, there was a Great Earthquake,

     and the Sun became black as sackcloth,

     the full Moon became like blood,

     and the stars of the sky fell to the Earth

     as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.

     The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up,

     and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

 

     Then the kings of the Earth and the great ones

     and the generals and the rich and the powerful,

     and everyone, slave and free,

     hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains,

     calling to the mountains and rocks,

   “Fall on us and hide us

     from the face of Him who is seated on the Throne,

     and from the wrath of the Lamb,      (The coming "Apocalypse" is also called "The Day of the Lord's Wrath")

     for the Great Day Of Their Wrath has come,

     and who can stand?”      (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" ... "The Time of Jacob's (Israel's) Trouble")

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Amos 1-3 ... Revelation 5

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

AMOS 1 - 3 (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

God pronounces Judgment against  ...

   -  Damascus  (Syria)

   -  Gaza

   -  Lebanon  (Tyre)

   -  Jordan  (Edom and Moab)

 

God then pronounces Judgment against  ...

   -  Judah

   -  Israel

 

God declares His Plan ... from Beginning to End ... for Israel AND the whole World ... can be found written in Bible ...

 

   “For the Lord God does nothing
     without revealing his secret
      to His servants the Prophets."

 

The Bible contains the History of the World ... Written in Advance!!!

 

 

REVELATION 5   (with notes) ...

(Awesome ... The Throne of God ... The Lamb of God ... "the Scroll"  (may be the "Judgment" and "Title Deed" for Earth)

 

   "Then I saw in the right hand of Him who was seated on the Throne

     a Scroll written within and on the back,

     sealed with seven seals.

 

     And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,

   “Who is worthy to open the Scroll and break its seals?”

 

     And no one in Heaven or on Earth or under the Earth

     was able to open the scroll OR to look into it,

 

     and I (John) began to weep loudly

     because NO one was found worthy to open the Scroll OR to look into it.

     And one of the elders said to me,

   “Weep no more;

     Behold,

     the Lion of the tribe of Judah,       (Messiah ... the Son of God ... both the LION ... and the LAMB)

     the Root of David, has conquered,

     so that He can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

 

     And between the Throne and the four living creatures and among the elders

     I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain,  ("The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World" Jn 1:29)

     with seven horns and with seven eyes,

     which are the seven spirits of God (the Holy Spirit) sent out into all the Earth.

     And He went and took the Scroll

     from the right hand of Him who was seated on the Throne.

     And when He had taken the Scroll,

     the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders

     fell down before the Lamb,

     each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

 

     And they sang a new song, saying,

 

        “Worthy are You to take the Scroll
         
and to open its seals,
          for You were slain,

          and by Your Blood You ransomed people for God
          from every tribe and language and people and nation,
          and You have made them a Kingdom and priests to our God,
          and they shall reign on the Earth.”

 

     Then I looked,

     and I heard around the Throne and the living creatures and the elders

     the voice of many angels,

     numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

     saying with a loud voice,

 

        “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

           to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

 

     And I heard EVERY creature in Heaven and on Earth

     and under the Earth and in the sea,

     and all that is in them, saying,

 

        “To Him who sits on the Throne and to the Lamb

          be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

 

     And the four living creatures said, “Amen!”

     and the elders fell down and worshiped."

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Joel 1-3 ... Revelation 4

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

JOEL 1 - 3 (excerpts and notes) ... 

 

Joel 1-3 is a prophecy of the "Day of The Lord" (the Apocalypse - Armageddon) ... AND God's restoration of Israel.

 

   "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!
     
(Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

   “For behold, in those days

     and at that time,

     when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,      (sometime after 1948 when Israel again became a nation)

     I (God) will gather ALL the nations

     and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.      (Outside Jerusalem ...)

 

     And I will enter into judgment with them there,

     on behalf of MY people and MY heritage Israel,     (God warns to leave His people and His nation ISRAEL alone!)

     because they have scattered them among the nations

     and have DIVIDED up MY Land ...   (Prophecy:  A 'Peace Plan' WILL one day be enforced upon Israel ... and will change the world FOREVER!)

 

God also warns Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, and Jordan (Edom)  ...

 

   “What are you to Me, O Tyre and Sidon, (Lebanon)

     and all the regions of Philistia?    ("Palestine")

     Are you paying Me back for something?

     If you are paying Me back,

     I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily."     (Bible Prophecies:  GAZA is LINKED to the "APOCALYPSE")

 

   “Egypt shall become a desolation
     and Jordan (Edom) a desolate wilderness,

     for the violence done to the people of Judah,
     because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

 

God Promises to restore Judah and Jerusalem to Israel ...

 

     But Judah shall be inhabited forever,
     and Jerusalem to all generations.
     I (God) will avenge their blood ..."      
(PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN) 

 

 

REVELATION 4   (with notes) ...

(A Prophecy of the Rapture ... after the "churches"... and before the Great Tribulation)

 

   "After this       (After the prophecies concerning the "Church" represented by the 7 churches ... see Revelation 2 - 3)

     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      (on the Earth and in Heaven)

          AFTER this.       (After the "church" is safely "caught up"... sometimes called the "Rapture")

 

     At once       ("in a moment, the the twinkling of an eye"... see 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

     I was in the Spirit,       (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE")

 

     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.    (These represent the faithful believers in Messiah ... both Jew and Gentile)

 

     From the Throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings (voices, sounds) and peals of thunder,

     and before the Throne were burning seven torches of fire,

     which are the seven spirits of God,       (The Holy Spirit ... 7 is the number of "completion" and "perfection")

     and before the Throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

     And around the Throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures,       (study the Prophets ...)

     full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion,

     the second living creature like an ox,

     the third living creature with the face of a man,

     and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.

     And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings,

     are full of eyes all around and within,

     and day and night they never cease to say,

 

      "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
       who was and is and is to come!”       (The "I Am" of the Burning Bush ...)

 

     And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks

     to Him who is seated on the Throne,

     who lives forever and ever,       ("from of old, from everlasting"... see Micah 5:2 ... a prophecy of Messiah)

     the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who is seated on the Throne

     and worship Him who lives forever and ever.

     They cast their crowns before the Throne, saying,

 

      "Worthy are You, our Lord and God,
        to receive glory and honor and power,
        for You created all things,
        and by Your Will they existed and were created.”
    
(Prophecies:  The "RAPTURE")     (The assurance of Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!) 

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Hosea 12-14 ... Revelation 3

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

HOSEA 12-14 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God promises to one day restore the children of Israel in their Land with love, power, and peace ...

 

   "I (God) will heal their apostasy;
     I will love them freely,
     for my anger has turned from them.     
(Prophecies ... ISRAEL)       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN) 

 

 

REVELATION 3 (with notes) ...

 

His letters to 7 churches (which represent warnings and commendations to those churches ... and to ALL churches)

 

Note:  The church of "Sardis" receives no "commendations."  Although all these letters are written to specific churches and ALL churches, some feel "Sardis" might also include or reflect the great denominational STATE churches ... just as the church of "Thyatira" might also include or reflect the Roman church ... both these churches and "Laodicea" (see below) may not escape the Tribulation ... even though some individual members will love, trust, and obey Jesus in faith sincerely enough to escape the terrible "Great Tribulation" (the "Apocalypse") ...

 

To the Church in Sardis

 

   “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write:

    ‘The words of Him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.

 

   “‘I know your works.

     You have the reputation of being alive,

     but you are dead.

 

     Wake up,

     and strengthen what remains and is about to die,

     for I have not found your works complete in the sight of My God.

 

     Remember, then, what you received and heard.

     Keep it, and repent.

 

     If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief,

     and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

 

     Yet you have still a few names in Sardis,

     people who have not soiled their garments,

     and they will walk with me in white,

     for they are worthy.    (Through their faith in HIS worthiness ...)

 

     The one who conquers

     will be clothed thus in white garments,

     and I will never blot his name out of the Book of Life.

     I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.     (God's Promise ...)

 

     He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

 

To the Church in Philadelphia

(Note:  These Christian believers WILL escape the coming "Apocalypse") ... 

 

   “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

    ‘The words of the Holy One, the True One,

     who has the Key of David,

     who opens and no one will shut,

     who shuts and no one opens.

 

   “‘I know your works.

     Behold,

     I have set before you an open door,

     which no one is able to shut.

     I know that you have but little power,    (these churches and believers hold very little power in the world ...)

     and yet you have kept My Word

     and have not denied My Name.     (These are not "ashamed" of Jesus Christ ... and ... believe all God's Word IS true.)

 

     Behold,

     I will make those of the synagogue of Satan

     who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie --

     behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet

     and they will learn that I have loved you.

 

     Because you have kept My Word about patient endurance,     (These patiently endure this life ... in faith and hope.)

     I will keep you from the hour of trial       (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind") 

     that is coming on the whole world,

     to try those who dwell on the Earth.      (Prophecies:  The coming "APOCALYPSE"..."The Day of God's WRATH")

 

     I Am coming soon.

     Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

 

     The one who conquers,

     I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God.

     Never shall he go out of it,

     and I will write on him the Name of My God,

     and the Name of the City of My God,

     the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of Heaven,

     and My own new Name.

 

     He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

 

To the Church in Laodicea

 

     “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

    ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's Creation.

 

   “‘I know your works:

     you are neither cold nor hot.

     Would that you were either cold or hot!

     So, BECAUSE you are lukewarm,      (In your love for Jesus Christ ... and God's Word)

     and neither hot nor cold,

     I will vomit you out of My mouth.      (Out of Heaven ... and into Hell)

 

     For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing,

     not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

     I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich,

     and white garments so that you may clothe yourself

     and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen,

     and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

 

     Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline,     (God will not let those He loves get away with sinning in this life ...)

     so be zealous and repent.

 

     Behold,

     I stand at the door and knock.      (Jesus Christ ... the Son of God ... our only Savior ... is removed ... He is left outside)

     If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,    (This offer is for those individuals who will hear His voice ...)

     I will come in to him and eat with him,

     and he with Me.     (ALL who will repent and lovingly trust in Him alone to save them from their sins and from Hell ...)

 

     The one who conquers,

     I will grant him to sit with me on My Throne,

     as I also conquered and sat down with My Father on His Throne.

 

     He who has an ear,      (this is for everybody!)

     let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”     (The ASSURANCE of life in HEAVEN  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

 

 

 

Daily Bible Verses:  Hosea 9-11 ... Revelation 2

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

HOSEA 9-11 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

Remember:  God warns ALL these things happened to Israel as EXAMPLES for us!! ... (see 1 Corinthians 10:11)

 

The Lord Will Punish Israel ...

 

God warns while the Economy flourished their SINS against God's Word flourished ...

 

   "The more his (Israel's) fruit increased,
     the more altars (places of sin) he built;
     as his country improved,
     he improved his pillars (where they worshipped "gods" of sexual immorality).

 

God warns their Fortresses and Defense would be DESTROYED

BECAUSE they placed faith in their MILITARY ... and NOT in Him.

 

   "Because you have trusted in your own way        (An not following God's Way)
     and in the multitude of your warriors (the strength of their army),
     THEREFORE the tumult of war shall arise among your people,
     and all your fortresses shall be
DESTROYED     (GOD will raise up EVIL nations to sorely judge those who have turned from Him ...)

 

The Lord's Love for Israel (and He will one day restore the children of Israel in their Land in love, power, and peace) ...

 

     When Israel was a child, I loved him,
     and out of Egypt I called My Son.      
(PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ...  from the ancient Jewish Scriptures)
     The more they were called,
     the more they went away ...


     I took them up by their arms,
     but they did not know that I healed them.
     I led them with cords of kindness,
     with the bands of love,
     and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,
     and I bent down to them and fed them.

     My people are bent on turning away from Me"       (Prophecies ... ISRAEL)       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN) 

 

 

REVELATION 2 (with notes) ...

 

His letters to 7 churches (which represent warnings and commendations to those churches ... and to ALL churches)

 

To the Church in Ephesus

 

   “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

    ‘The words of Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

 

     I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance,

     and how you cannot bear with those who are evil,

     but have tested those who call themselves apostles ("sent ones") and are not,

     and found them to be false.

 

     I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for My Name's sake,

     and you have not grown weary.

 

     But I have this against you,

     that you have abandoned the love you had at first.   (For Jesus Christ ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew ... our Savior)

 

     Remember therefore from where you have fallen;     (Turn away from the sins you committed for which He died for ...)

     REPENT, and do the works you did at first.

 

     If not,

     I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

     Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

 

     He who has an ear, let him hear

     what the Spirit says to the churches.    (This is to ALL churches and "Christians")

 

     To the one who conquers       (Our sinful desires and the "world" will war against our spirit in a lifelong battle)

     I will grant to eat of the tree of life,

     which is in the paradise of God."     (God's Promise ...)

 

To the Church in Smyrna

 

   “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:

    ‘The words of the First and the Last, who died and came to life.

 

   “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich)

     and the slander (blasphemes) of those

     who say that they are Jews and are not,  

     but are a synagogue of Satan.

     (Note:  These may be Jews who oppose God's Word ... and the churches who say they "replaced" Israel and the Jews)

 

     Do not fear what you are about to suffer.      (God warns all believing Christians will find some suffering in this life)

     Behold, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison,

     that you may be tested,    (God will test our faith to see if we are sincere in our love, faith, trust, and obedience ...)

     and for ten days you will have tribulation.

 

     Be faithful unto death,

     and I will give you the crown of life (in Heaven).

 

     He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

     The one who conquers will NOT be hurt by the SECOND death (Hell)."     (God's Promise ...)

 

To the Church in Pergamum

 

   “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:

    ‘The words of Him who has the sharp two-edged sword (the Word of God).

 

   “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is.

     Yet you hold fast My Name,     (When you are not "ashamed of" or "deny" His Name ...)

     and you did not deny My faith (or your faith in Me)        (Even unto imprisonment and painful death ...)

     even in the days of Antipas My faithful witness,

     who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

 

     But I have a few things against you:

     you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam,

     who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel,     (These will deny Israel's right to Her land ...)

     so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.

 

     So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.      (Some believe this is a pagan "priestly" order ...)

     Therefore repent.      (There are churches today teaching people they don't need to turn away (repent) of their sins)

     If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of My mouth.

 

     He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

     To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna,

     and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone

     that no one knows except the one who receives it."     (God's Promise ...)

 

To the Church in Thyatira

 

   “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

    ‘The words of the Son of God,

     who has eyes like a flame of fire,

     and whose feet are like burnished bronze.     (Study the Prophets ...)

 

   “‘I know your works,

     your love and faith and service and patient endurance,

     and that your latter works exceed the first.

 

     But I have this against you,

     that you tolerate that woman Jezebel,

     who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing My servants 

     to practice sexual immorality

     and to eat food sacrificed to idols.

     I gave her time to repent,

     but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

 

     Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed,

     and those who commit adultery with her

     I will throw into Great Tribulation,      (These churches and "Christians" will go into the "Apocalypse"...)

     UNLESS they repent of her works,       (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE")       (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

     and I will strike her children dead.

 

     And all the churches will know that I Am He

     who searches mind and heart,

     and I will give to each of you according to your works.

 

     But to the rest of you in Thyatira,

     who do NOT hold this teaching,      (Teaching God's "love" approves of homosexuality, sexual immorality, or ANY sin.)

     who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan,

     to you I say,

     I do not lay on you any other burden.

     Only hold fast what you have until I come.       (Cling to your love and faith in God's Word until He comes ...)

 

     The one who conquers

     and who keeps My works until the end,

     to him I will give authority over the nations,

     and he will rule them with a rod of iron,

     as when earthen pots are broken in pieces,

     even as I Myself have received authority from My Father.

 

     And I will give him the morning star.      (God's Promise ...)

 

     He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Hosea 5-8 ... Revelation 1

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

HOSEA 5-8 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

In these verses God reveals much ....

 

   "Their (the children of Israel) deeds do not permit them
     to return to their God ...
     and they know not the
Lord.

 

   "I (God) will RETURN again to My Place (in Heaven),   (He had to have LEFT His place to RETURN to His place ...)
     UNTIL they acknowledge their offense (sin)    (Acknowledging they rejected Messiah ... just as they did the prophets)

     and seek My face,
     and in their distress earnestly seek Me.    
(Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

 

   "After two days He will revive us (Israel);   (WHY did God sorely judge Israel around 2000 years before 1948??)
    on the third day He will raise us up,    
(R
emember, to God "a thousand years is as one day"... Psalm 90:4 ... 2 Peter 3:8)
     that we may live before Him."            
(PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN)   

 

The REVELATION ("Apocalypse") 1 (with notes) ...

 

   "The revelation ("revealing") of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew),

     which God gave him to show to His bondservants      (a "bondservant" is one who willingly becomes a servant ...)

     the things that must soon take place.

     He made it known by sending His angel to His bondservant John,

     who bore witness to the Word of God

     and to the testimony of Jesus Christ (Messiah),

     even to all that he saw.

 

This is the ONLY  book which promises a blessing to those who teach and hear (and keep) that which is written ...

 

   "BLESSED is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy,

     and blessed are those who hear,

     and who keep what is written in it,

     for the time is near.

 

     John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

     Grace to you and peace (shalom)

     from Him who is and who was and who is to come,       (God the Father ... the "I Am" of the burning bush)

     and from the seven Spirits who are before His Throne,       (God the Holy Spirit ... 7 is the number of "completeness")

     and from Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) the faithful witness,       (God the Son ... see Psalm 2)

     the Firstborn of the dead,

     and the Ruler of kings on Earth.

 

     To Him who LOVES us      ("Us" is ALL who will love, trust, and obey Him in faith ...)

     and has FREED us from our sins by HIS Blood

     and made us a Kingdom,     (a Heavenly Kingdom ...)

     priests to His God and Father, 

     to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.       (Eternal ... everlasting)

 

     Behold,

     He is coming with the clouds,       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN)

     and every eye will see Him,

     even those who pierced Him,

     and all tribes of the Earth will wail (or mourn) on account of Him.

     Even so. Amen.

 

   “I AM the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,

   “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

 

Vision of the Son of Man (first prophesied in the book of Daniel) ...

 

     I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation   (there will be troubles and suffering to "test" all who believe)

     and the Kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus (Yeshua),       ("patient endurance"... we will need it)

     was on the island called Patmos       (John had been sentenced to a sort of Roman "Alcatraz" island prison)

     on account of the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus (Yeshua).   

 

     I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day,

     and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying,

   “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches,

     to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

 

     Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me,

     and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,

     and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,

     clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.

     The hairs of His head were white, like white wool, like snow.

     His eyes were like a flame of fire,

     His feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace,

     and His voice was like the roar of many waters.

     In His right hand he held seven stars,

     from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword,

     and His face was like the sun shining in full strength.

 

     When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead.

     But He laid His right hand on me, saying,

   “Fear not, I AM the first and the last, and the living One.

     I died, and behold I am alive forevermore,

     and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

 

     Write therefore the things that you have seen,

     those that are and those that are to take place after this.

 

     As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands,

     the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches,

     and the seven lampstands are the seven churches."

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Hosea 1-4 ... Jude 1

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

HOSEA 1-4 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

These verses warn Israel would be punished for "many days" for turning away from God and His Word ...

 

   "My people are DESTROYED

     for lack of knowledge (of God's Word)
  

   "Because you have rejected knowledge (God's Word),
     I (God) reject you

     from being a priest to Me.   (He will no longer hear or answer their prayers)
 

   "And since you have forgotten the Law of your God,
     I also will forget your children.     (My heart trembles for the generation alive today ...)

 

   "The more they increased (in wealth, food, security, and leisure time)
     the more they sinned against Me;"

 

God ends with words of great hope and comfort to all who will believe and trust in Him..

God promises to one day restore the children of Israel in their Land (in peace) ...

 

   “And in that Day I will answer, declares the Lord,
     I will answer the heavens,
     and they shall answer the Earth,
     and the Earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil,
     and they shall answer Jezreel,
     and I will sow her for Myself in the land.
     And I will have mercy on No Mercy,
     and I will say to Not My People, 'You are My people’;
     and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’"

 

 

JUDE 1 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

These verses contain stark words of warning ...

 

   "Beloved ... I found it necessary (was "compelled" by the Spirit) to write

     appealing to you to contend for THE faith   (fully trusting in Jesus (Yeshua) who paid for all your sins on the Cross)

     that was once for all delivered to the saints.   ("Saints" means all who have been "set apart" by God through faith)

 

     For certain people have crept in (into churches) unnoticed    (Includes many reverends, ministers, priests, and rabbis)

     who long ago were designated for this condemnation,

     ungodly people, who pervert the Grace of our God into sensuality

     and DENY our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew).

 

     Now I want to remind you,

     although you once fully knew it,

     that the Lord, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt,

     afterward DESTROYED those who did NOT believe.

 

     But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand,

     and they are destroyed ...

     like unreasoning animals ...

 

     Woe to them!   ("Woe" is a terrible, terrible curse which will be applied in Hell ...)

 

     For they walked in the way of Cain (did not love their "brethren")

     and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam's error   (loved money more than God)

     and perished in Korah's rebellion.   (Rejected, ignored, and rebelled against God's Word)

 

     These are ... waterless clouds, swept along by winds;

     fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead (the Bible calls Hell the "second death") ...

     wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame;

     wandering stars,

     FOR WHOM the gloom of utter darkness (Hell)

     has been RESERVED forever.

 

     It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying,

   “Behold,

     the Lord comes with ten thousands of His holy ones,    (all those who love, trust, and obey God and God's Word)

     to execute judgment on all

     and to convict all the ungodly

     of all their deeds of ungodliness

     that they have committed in such an ungodly way,

     and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners

     have spoken against Him.”  

 

   "These are grumblers, malcontents,

     following their own sinful desires;

     they are loud-mouthed boasters ..."     (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

 

God ends with words of great hope and comfort to all who will believe and trust in Him ...

 

   "But YOU, beloved,

     building yourselves up in your most holy faith

     and praying in the Holy Spirit,

     keep yourselves in the love of God,

     waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     that leads to Eternal Life (in Heaven)."     (God's Promise ...) 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Daniel 11-12 ... 3 John 1

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

DANIEL 11-12 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

These verses in Daniel contain many sweeping prophecies of the "end times" including ...

 

   -  ANTICHRIST ... “He shall exalt and magnify himself above every god"... (Prophecies:  The ANTICHRIST)

   -  GREAT TRIBULATION ..."there shall be a time of trouble (tribulation), such as never has been"...  (The "APOCALYPSE")

   -  MESSIAH'S RETURN ..."from the time ... abomination that makes desolate ... shall be 1,290 days"... (MESSIAH'S RETURN)

   -  "The words are shut up and sealed UNTIL the time of the end"

   -  "None of the wicked shall understand ... but those who are wise shall understand."

 

3 JOHN 1 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   "Beloved, do not imitate evil

     but imitate good.

     Whoever does good is from God;

     whoever does evil has not seen God. "

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Daniel 9-10 ... 2 John 1

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

DANIEL 9-10 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   -  Daniel 9 contains a MATHEMATICAL prophecy ... one of the most REMARKABLE prophecies in the Bible

   -  For a short overview of this amazing prophecy click here ...  (MATHEMATICAL Prophecy ... MESSIAH Revealed) 

   -  Note:  Jesus (Yeshua) held the children of Israel accountable for NOT knowing this prophecy ... see Luke 19:41-44

 

2 JOHN 1 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God warns many false teachers and prophets would come denying Jesus (Yeshua) is the Son of God who came to save us

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Daniel 7-8 ... 1 John 5

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DANIEL 7-8 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   -  The "Four Beasts" prophecy ... Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Re-united Rome, Antichrist, Messiah's Return

   -  "Ram and the Goat" prophecy ... Alexander's Greek Empire divided by 4 generals ... Antichrist at the time of the end.

 

1 JOHN 5 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God explains those who inherit the Kingdom of Heaven are saved by "faith" ... and the Evil One NOW rules the World

 

   "EVERYONE who believes that Jesus is the Messiah (Christ)

      has been born of God,

     and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of Him.

 

     By this we know that we love the children of God,

     when we love God and obey His commandments.

     For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.

     And His commandments are not burdensome.

 

     For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the World.

     And this is the victory that has overcome the world — OUR FAITH.

 

     Who is it that overcomes the World except the one who believes that Jesus IS the Son of God?  (See Psalm 2 ...)

     And this is the testimony,

     that God gave us Eternal Life,

     and this life is IN His Son.   

 

     WHOEVER has the Son has life (in Heaven);

     whoever does NOT have the Son of God does NOT have life (in Heaven).

 

     I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God

     that you may KNOW that you have Eternal Life (in Heaven).     (God's Promise ...)

 

     And this is the confidence that we have toward Him,

     that if we ask anything according to His Will he hears us.

     And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask,

     we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.     (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)  

 

     If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death,

     he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death.

     There is sin that leads to death;

     I do not say that one should pray for that.

     All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

 

     We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning,

     but He who was born of God protects him,

     and the Evil One (Satan) does not touch Him.

 

     We know that we are from God,

     and the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One (Satan)      (From the Bible:  Who is Satan ... a short Bible study) 

.

     And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding,

     so that we may know Him who is true;

     and we are in Him who is true,

     in His Son Jesus Christ.

     He is the true God and Eternal Life."     (God's Promise ...)

 

     Little children, keep yourselves from idols."      (An "idol" is anything in your life you lift up higher than God ...)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Daniel 5-6 ... 1 John 4

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

DANIEL 5-6 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   -  "The Handwriting On The Wall"... God ends Babylon's Rule as an empire

   -  "Daniel in the Lion's Den"... King Darius then praises God and promotes Daniel to the highest position in Persia

 

1 JOHN 4 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God continues to describe how we can tell whether or not we are "HIS Children" and will go to Heaven ...

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Daniel 3-4 ... 1 John 3

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

DANIEL 3-4 (excerpts and notes) ..

 

   -  God saves Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace

   -  Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon praises God

   - “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

       who has sent His angel and delivered His servants, who trusted in Him

   -  An angel warns the king:  "The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom He will.”

   -  God punishes the king of Babylon for his prideful arrogance ... 7 years

   -  Afterwards  king Nebuchadnezzar humbly acknowledges and praises God

     "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of Heaven,

        for all His works are right and His ways are just;

        and those who walk in pride He is able to humble."

 

1 JOHN 3 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God warns we are EITHER Children of God ... OR  ... the children of Satan

God explains HOW to become and how to KNOW we are the Children of God

and then have the hope and promise of Eternal Life in Heaven ...

 

   "See what kind of love the Father has given to us,

     that we should be called children of God;

     and so we are.

     The reason why the world does not know us

     is that it did not know Him.

 

     Beloved,

     we are God's Children now,     (Through God's Son  ... Jesus Christ in English ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     and what we WILL be has not yet appeared;

     but we know that when He appears 

     we shall be like Him,       (We are told our spirits will be given new bodies ... designed for Eternal Life in Heaven)

     because we shall see Him as He is.

     And everyone who thus HOPES in Him purifies himself as He is pure.

 

     Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices Lawlessness;

     Sin IS Lawlessness.

 

     You know that He appeared to take away sins,

     and in Him there is no sin.

     No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning;

     no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him.

 

     Little children, let no one deceive you.

     Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous.

     Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the Devil (Satan),

     for the Devil has been sinning from the beginning.        (From the Bible:  Who is Satan ... a short Bible study) 

 

     The REASON the Son of God appeared

     was to DESTROY the works of the Devil.    (See Genesis 3 ... "the Seed of the Woman")

     NO ONE born of God makes a practice of sinning,

     for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning

     because he has been born of God.     (Jesus warned one must be "born again" to enter into Heaven ... John 3:1-3)

 

     By this it is evident WHO are the Children of God,

     and WHO are the children of the Devil:

     whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God,

     NOR is the one who does not love his brother.    (He is speaking of loving ALL brothers and sisters "in Christ")

 

     For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning,

     that we should love one another.

 

     We should not be like Cain,

     who was of the Evil One (Satan) and murdered his brother.

     And why did he murder him?

     Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.

 

     Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.

     We know that we have passed out of death into life,      (God's Promise ...)   

     BECAUSE we love the brothers.     (God is drawing a new family to Himself ... which includes both Jew and Gentile)

     Whoever does NOT love abides in death.       (The Bible calls Hell the "Second Death")

 

     Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer,

     and you know that NO murderer has Eternal Life abiding in him.

 

     By this we know love,

     that HE laid down HIS life for us,

     and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

 

     But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need,

     yet closes his heart against him,

     how does God's love abide in him?

 

     Little children,

     let us not love in word or talk

     but in deed and in truth.

 

     By this we shall know that we are of the truth

     and reassure our heart before Him;

     for whenever our heart condemns us,

     God is greater than our heart,

     and He knows everything.

 

     Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us,

     we have confidence before God;

     and whatever we ask we receive from Him,

     because we keep His Commandments

     and do what pleases Him.

 

His Commandment ...

 

     And THIS is His Commandment,

     that we BELIEVE in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     AND love one another,

     just as He has commanded us.

 

     Whoever keeps His commandments abides in God, 

     and God in Him.

 

     And by this we KNOW that He abides in us,

     by the Spirit whom He has given us."    (The Bible says when we are "born again" through faith His Spirit indwells us)

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Daniel 1-2 ... 1 John 2

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

DANIEL 1-2 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   -  Daniel interprets the king's dream which lays out the future UNTIL Messiah returns to rule all nations ...

        -  The "head of Gold" = Babylonian Empire

        -  The "Silver"  = Medo-Persian Empire

        -  The "Bronze" =  Grecian Empire

        -  The "Iron" = Roman Empire

        -  The Final Toes of "Iron Mixed With Clay" = 10 Nations of the Roman Empire will re-unite (weak mixed with strong)

        -  The "Stone" =  Messiah ... who will return to destroy this coming Federation and will rule over all nations forever

 

1 JOHN 2 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

  "My little children, I am writing these things to you

     so that you may not sin.

     But if anyone DOES sin,

     we have an advocate with the Father,

     Jesus Christ  (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) the Righteous.

     He is the propitiation for our sins,

     and not for ours only

     but also for the sins of the whole world.       (We must turn away from our sins and trust in Him to receive it ...)

     And by this we know that we have come to know Him,

     if we keep His Commandments.

     Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep His Commandments

     is a liar,

     and the truth is not in him ...

 

   "Do not love the world or the things in the world.

     If anyone loves the world,

     the love of the Father is not in him.

     For all that is in the world—

     the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—

     is not from the Father but is from the world.

     And the world is passing away along with its desires,

     but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

 

     Children, it IS the last hour,

     and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming,

     so now many antichrists have come.

     Therefore we know that it is the last hour.

     They went out from us, but they were not of us;    (He is warning us about many who call themselves "Christians")

    

     Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Messiah (Christ)?    (The ONLY way into Heaven ...)

     This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

     No one who denies the Son has the Father.

     Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.

     Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you.

     IF what you heard from the beginning abides in you,

     then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.

     And this is the promise that He made to us — Eternal Life."

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Ezekiel 47-48 ... 1 John 1 

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EZEKIEL 47-48 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

  -  Water will flow from the Temple Mount ... will turn into a tree-lined River flowing into Arabah ... will heal the sea

  -  Detailing how the Land of Israel will be divided among the 12 tribes ... forever.

  -  Jerusalem will then be called "The Lord Is There"

 

1 John 1 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   "This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you,

     -   God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

     -  IF we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness (willfully sin), we lie and do not practice the truth.

     -  But IF we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

     -  AND (if we walk in the light) the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from ALL sin.

     -  IF we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

     -  IF we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to FORGIVE us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness

     -  IF we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us."

 

 

EZEKIEL 45-46 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

After Messiah returns ...

 

   "And My princes shall no more oppress My people,    (The children of Israel were, are, and always will be God's People)

     but they shall let the house of Israel HAVE the Land

     according to their tribes.      (This is a warning to Israel's leaders ...  NO evicting Jews from Gaza, Samaria, and Judea)

 

   “Thus says the Lord God:

     Enough, O princes of Israel! ...

     CEASE your evictions of MY people,

     declares the Lord God."      (Prophecies:  The Bible LINKS GAZA to the "APOCALYPSE" ..."GAZA will be forsaken")

 

2 PETER 3 (excerpts and notes)...

 

The Day of the Lord Will Come ...

 

   "This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved.

     In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,

     that you should remember the PREDICTIONS of the Holy Prophets      (Bible Prophecies ...)

     AND the Commandment of the Lord and Savior through your Apostles,

 

   "Knowing this first of all,

     that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing,

     following their own sinful desires.      (We are in "the last days"... and we are seeing and hearing this)

     They will say, “Where is the promise of His coming?     (Prophecies:  The "RAPTURE")       (MESSIAH'S RETURN)

     For ever since the fathers fell asleep,

     all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of Creation.”

 

   "For they deliberately overlook this fact,

     that the heavens existed long ago,

     and the earth was formed out of water and through water

     BY the Word of God,

     and that by means of these the World that then existed

     was deluged with water and perished.

 

     But by the same Word the heavens and Earth that now exist

     are stored up for FIRE,

     being kept UNTIL the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

 

   "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved,

     that with the Lord

     one day is as a thousand years,

     and a thousand years as one day.   (Also see Psalm 90 ...)

 

   "The Lord is NOT slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness,

     but is patient toward you,

     not wishing that ANY should perish,

     but that ALL should reach repentance.    (Turning away from sinful things and turning back to God and God's Word...)

 

     But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief,         (Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ...)

     and then the heavens will pass away with a roar,

     and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved,

     and the Earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

 

   "Since all these things are thus to be dissolved,

     what sort of people ought YOU to be in lives of holiness and Godliness,

     WAITING for and hastening the coming of the Day of God,

     because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved,

     and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!

 

     But according to HIS promise

     we are waiting for new heavens and a new Earth

     in which righteousness dwells."

 

   "Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these,

     be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

     And count the patience of our Lord as salvation,     (God's Promise ...)

     just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you

     according to the wisdom given him,

     as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters.

     There are some things in them that are hard to understand,

     which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction,

     as they do the other Scriptures.      (Prophecies: "CHURCHES will "DEPART from the faith" ... "will NO LONGER endure sound doctrine")

 

     You therefore, beloved,

     knowing this beforehand,

     take care that you are not carried away with the error of Lawless people

     and lose your own stability.

     But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew).  

     To Him be the glory both now and to the Day of Eternity. Amen."     (The ASSURANCE of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Ezekiel 43-44 ... 2 Peter 2

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EZEKIEL 43-44 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

The Glory of the Lord Returns To The Temple ...

 

   -  Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing East    (Toward the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended into Heaven)

   -  And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the East.

   -  The Earth shone with His glory.

   -  Behold, the glory of the Lord filled the Temple.

   -  I heard One speaking to me out of the Temple, and He (God) said to me ...

      “This is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet,

        where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel forever.

   -  Then he (the angel) brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces East. And it was shut.

   -  And the Lord said to me, “This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it,

       for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered by it. Therefore it shall remain shut.

   -  Only the Prince may sit in it (the gate facing East) to eat bread before the Lord.

 

2 PETER 2 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God warns those who call themselves Christians yet continue in sin and put down bELIEVING Christians ....

 

   "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned,

     but cast them into hell and committed them to chains (pits) of gloomy darkness to be kept UNTIL the judgment;

 

     If He (God) did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others,

     when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;

 

     If by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes He condemned them to extinction,

     making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 

 

     If He rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked

     (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day,

     he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);

 

     Then the Lord knows how to rescue the Godly from trials,    (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE")

     AND to keep the UNRIGHTEOUS under punishment until the Day of Judgment,

     and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.

     Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the Glorious Ones,

     whereas angels, though greater in might and power,

     do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.

     But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed,

     blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant,

     will also be destroyed in their destruction,

     suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing.

     They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime.

     They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.

     They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin.

     They entice unsteady souls.

     They have hearts trained in greed.

     Accursed children!

     Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray."

 

 

Daily Bible Reading:  Ezekiel 41-42 ... 2 Peter 1

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EZEKIEL 41-42 ... God shows Ezekiel the coming Temple (still future) ... providing specific details and dimensions.

 

Note:  In Bible prophecy we are told there will be TWO new Temples built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem ...

 

   -  The FIRST Temple (Revelation 11:2 ... 2 Thessalonians 2:4) will be built around the time of the Antichrist (a counterfeit-Messiah)

   -  And the FINAL Temple (Ezekiel 40-48) will be built when Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) returns.

 

2 PETER 1 (excerpts and notes)...

 

   "Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, 

    and virtue with knowledge,

     and knowledge with self-control,

     and self-control with steadfastness,

     and steadfastness with Godliness,

     and godliness with brotherly affection,

     and brotherly affection with love.       (God's Commandment ... Biblical "Love"... Christian Love ... What IS it?)  

 

     For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind,

     having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.     (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!) 

 

     For in this way

     there will be richly provided for you

     an entrance into the Eternal Kingdom

     of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew).     (God's Promise ...) 

 

     And we have something more sure, the prophetic word,       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ...  from the ancient Jewish Scriptures)

     to which you will do well to pay attention

     as to a lamp shining in a dark place,

     until the Day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

     knowing this first of all,

     that no prophecy of Scripture

     comes from someone's own interpretation.

     For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of Man,

     but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 40 ... 1 Peter 5     

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EZEKIEL 40 ... God shows Ezekiel the coming Temple (still future) ... providing specific details and dimensions.

 

Note:  In Bible prophecy we are told there will be TWO new Temples built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem ... the first new Temple will be built around the time of the Antichrist (a counterfeit-Messiah ... Revelation 11:2 ... 2 Thessalonians 2:4) and the final Temple (Ezekiel 40-48) when Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) returns.

 

1 PETER 5 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   -  The "elders" of the church are to labor willingly, and "not for shameful gain," but "eagerly" ...

     "not domineering over those in your charge," and "being examples to the flock until the "Chief Shepherd" appears"

   -  We are to "humble" ourselves (for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble")

   -  We are cast ALL of our anxieties (and worries) upon Him ..."because He cares for you"

   -  We must resist our "adversary" the Devil who is prowling and "seeking someone to devour" ... stand firm in faith  

   -  We are told to remember the same kinds of sufferings we are going through

      are being experienced by our brethren (in Messiah) throughout the World.

  

We are also told to remember ...

 

   "AFTER you have suffered a little while,    

     the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ (Messiah),

     will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."    (Finding Hope and Comfort in Times of Trouble ...)    (God's Promise ...)

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 38-39 ... 1 Peter 4

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1 PETER 4 (excerpts and notes) ... EXPECT "fiery trials" and testing of your faith ... STOP living like "the Gentiles"

 

EZEKIEL 38-39 ... THE coming war with Russia, Iran, and allies ... Russia will act as a "GUARD" for Iran and their coalition of allies ...God will intervene ... may be nuclear ... Israel will be fully restored.

 

   "Now the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,  

   "Son of man, set your face against Gog,   ("Gog" could either be a human leader or an angelic "power")

     of the land of Magog (Russia),         (The ancient Jewish-Roman historian Josephus said "Magog" in Hebrew is "Scythia" in Greek)

     the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal,   (Turkey will join this unholy alliance ...)

     and prophesy against him, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD:

   "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.   (Around Turkey)

     I will turn you around,

     put hooks into your jaws,      (The huge "Leviathan" gas field Israel recently discovered could provide the "hooks")

     and lead you out,

     with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed,

     a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.  

     Persia (Iran),

     Ethiopia (Sudan = "Cush"),

     and Libya (northern Africa) are with them,

     all of them with shield and helmet;  

     Gomer and all its troops;   (Gomer was around Germany-France ... their army was later invited to settle Galatia in Turkey)

     the house of Togarmah (Armenia)

     from the far north and all its troops --

     many people are with you.  

     Prepare yourself and be ready,

     you and all your companies that are gathered about you;

     and BE A GUARD for them.     (A "guard" would block sanctions and secretly provide weapons, intelligence, command and control)

     After many days you will be visited.

     IN THE LATTER YEARS you will come       (The "latter years"... sometime AFTER Israel would again become a nation)

     into the Land of those brought back from the sword

     and gathered from many people

     on the mountains of ISRAEL,      (Russia, Iran, and allies will attack and invade Israel)

     which had long been desolate;

     they were brought OUT of the nations,

     and now all of them dwell safely."   (There are no "walled" cities in Israel ... and they now place their faith in their military and science.)

     (Ezekiel 38:1-8)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 36-37 ... 1 Peter 3     

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

EZEKIEL 36-37 are AMAZING PROPHETIC VERSES concerning the Past, Present, and Future of Israel ...

 

     -  The Past  (Why God scattered the children of Israel into the nations)

     -  The Present  (The "Dry Bones" ... Israel re-gathering in the Land ... but without a New heart and New spirit)

     -  The Future  (When God breathes the Spirit of Life into them ... and FULLY restores the Nation and People of Israel)

 

1 PETER 3 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   "Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands,

     so that even if some do not obey the word,

     they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,

     when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

     Do not let your adorning be external

     the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

     but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart

     with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,

     which in God's sight is very precious. 

     For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves,

     by submitting to their own husbands,

     as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord.

     And you are her children,

     IF you do good

     and do not fear anything that is frightening.

 

     Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way,

     showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel,

     since they are joint-heirs with you of the grace of life,

     SO that your prayers may not be hindered.   (God warns husbands who do not treat their wives with love and respect)

 

     Do NOT repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling,

     but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For

 

       “Whoever desires to love life
          and see good days,
          let him keep his tongue from evil
          and his lips from speaking deceit;
          let him turn away from evil and do good;
          let him seek peace and pursue it.
          For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
          and his ears are open to their prayer.

          But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

 

    "But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed.

     For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

 

     For Messiah (Christ) also suffered ONCE for sins, the Righteous for the unrighteous,

     that He might bring us to God, " 

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 34-35 ... 1 Peter 2

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EZEKIEL 34-35   (excerpts and notes) ...

 

God prophecies against the "shepherds" of Israel ...

 

   "Thus says the Lord God:

     Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves!

     Should not shepherds feed the sheep?

     You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones,

     but you do not feed the sheep.

     The weak you have not strengthened,

     the sick you have not healed,

     the injured you have not bound up,

     the strayed you have not brought back,

     the lost you have not sought,

     and with force and harshness you have ruled them.

     So they were scattered,

     because there was no shepherd,

     and they became food for all the wild beasts.

 

God says HE HIMSELF will be the Shepherd of His sheep who will "seek the lost" ...

 

   “For thus says the Lord God:

     BEHOLD, I, I Myself will search for My sheep and will seek them out.

    

     I (God) MYSELF will be the Shepherd of My sheep,

     and I Myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God.

     I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed,

     and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak"    (This is EXACTLY  what Jesus did ... see below)

 

 

1 PETER 2  (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   "For you were straying like sheep,

     but have now returned

     to the SHEPHERD and Overseer of your souls.

 

   "So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

 

     As you come to Him (Messiah),     

     a living stone rejected by men

     but in the sight of God chosen and precious ...  (Messiah ... Jesus Christ in English ... Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

 

     "For it stands (written) in Scripture:    (He's quoting the Tanakh ... written to Jews who knew the Scriptures well)

         "BEHOLD, I (God) am laying in Zion a Stone,    
           and whoever believes in Him

           will not be put to shame.”

 

    "So the honor is for you who believe,

     BUT for those who do not believe,

        "The Stone that the builders rejected
          has become the Cornerstone,     (A prophecy from the Tanakh  ... Old Testament)

     and

         "A Stone of stumbling,
          and a Rock of offense.”      (A prophecy from the Tanakh  ... Old Testament)

    

   "They (those who don't believe) stumble

     because they disobey the Word,

     as they were DESTINED to do."        (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ...  from the ancient Jewish Prophets and Scriptures)

 

   "Servants (employees), be subject to your masters (bosses and employers) with all respect,

     not only to the good and gentle

     but also to the unjust.

     For this is a gracious thing,

     when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

     For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?

     BUT if when you do GOOD and suffer for it you endure,

     THIS is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

 

     For to this you have been called,

     because Messiah (Christ) also suffered for you,

     leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. 

     He committed no sin,

     neither was deceit found in His mouth.

     When He was reviled, He did not revile in return;

     when He suffered, He did not threaten,

     but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.

     He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree,      (See Psalm 22 ...)

     that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

     By HIS wounds you have been healed.      (See Isaiah 53 ...)

     For you were straying like sheep,     (See Ezekiel above ...)

     but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."     (God's Promise ...)

 

And Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) graciously tells us ...

 

   "I AM the good Shepherd.

     The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep."

     (John 10:11)

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 32-33 ... 1 Peter 1

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1 PETER 1 (excerpts and notes) ...

 

   "To those who are elect exiles of the DISPERSION ...     (Peter was Apostle ("sent one") to the Jews ... Paul to the Gentiles)

     according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,       (Study the prophets Isaiah, Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel ...)

     in the sanctification of the Spirit,

     for obedience to Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     and for sprinkling with His blood:

     May grace and peace ("shalom") be multiplied to you.

 

     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)

     According to His great mercy,

     He has caused us to be born again to a living hope

     THROUGH the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Messiah) from the dead,

     to an INHERITANCE that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,

     KEPT IN HEAVEN FOR YOU,

     who by God's power are being guarded through faith

     for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

     In this you rejoice,

     though now for a little while, if necessary,

     you have been grieved by various trials,  

     so that the tested genuineness of your FAITH --     (Finding HOPE and COMFORT in Times of Trouble ...)  

     more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire --

     may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

     Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.

     Though you do not now see Him,

     you believe in Him and rejoice with joy

     that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

     obtaining the outcome of your faith,       (We are saved into Heaven through our faith ... Habakkuk 2:4 and Romans 1:7)

     the salvation of your souls.     (Our faith saves our souls from Hell ... "just" means "counted righteous")     (God's Promise)

 

     Concerning this Salvation,

     the Prophets who prophesied       (In the ancient Hebrew Scriptures ... the Tanakh ... Old Testament)

     about the Grace that was to be yours

     searched and inquired carefully,

     inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Messiah (Christ) in them was indicating

     when He predicted the sufferings of Messiah (Christ)     (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ...  from the ancient Jewish Prophets and Scriptures)

     AND the subsequent glories.       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

     It was revealed to them (the prophets) that they were serving not themselves but you,

     in the things that have NOW been announced to you

     through those who preached the good news to you

     BY the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven,

     things into which ANGELS long to look.    (Even the angels are yearning for God's Plan to unfold through Messiah ...)

 

     Therefore, preparing your minds for action, 

     and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the Grace    ("Grace" is getting something we don't deserve)

     that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (Messiah).

     As obedient children,

     do NOT be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

     but as He who called you is Holy,   ("Holy" means "separated from" the sins and things that defile this world ...)

     you also be holy in ALL your conduct, since it is written,

   “You shall be holy, for I am Holy.”

 

     And IF you call on Him as Father       

     who judges impartially according to each one's deeds,

     conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,     

     knowing that you were RANSOMED ("redeemed")

     from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers,

     NOT with perishable things such as silver or gold,

     BUT with the precious blood of Messiah (Christ),

     like that of a Lamb without blemish or spot.

 

     He was foreknown before the foundation of the world       (See Psalm 2 ... and John 1)

     but was made manifest in the last times

     for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God,

     who raised Him from the dead and gave Him Glory,

     so that YOUR faith and hope are in God.

 

     Having purified your souls BY your obedience to the truth     (God's Promise ...)

     for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

     since you have been born again,       (Jesus warns we must be "born again" to enter Heaven ... see John 3:1-3)

     not of perishable seed but of imperishable,

     through the living and abiding Word of God; for

   “All flesh is like grass
     and all its glory like the flower of grass.
     The grass withers,
    
and the flower falls,
     but the Word of the Lord remains forever.”

     And this Word IS the good news ("gospel" in Greek) that was preached to you."       (Thank You, Lord!!!)

 

 

EZEKIEL 32-33 (Excerpts and notes)  ...

 

   “If I (God) bring the sword upon a land,

     and the people of the land take a man from among them,

     and make him their watchman,

     and if he sees the sword coming upon the land

     and blows the trumpet and warns the people,

     then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning,

     and the sword comes and takes him away,

     his blood shall be upon his own head.

     He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning;

     his blood shall be upon himself.

     But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life.

     But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet,

     so that the people are not warned,

     and the sword comes and takes any one of them,

     that person is taken away in his iniquity,

     but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.

 

   “And behold, you (Ezekiel) are to them

     like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument,

     for they hear what you say, but they will not do it.

     When this comes—and come it will!

     then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 29-31 ... James 5

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)     Through EZEKIEL God warns He would judge ancient Egypt, and when the nations of the world would see Egypt turned into the "lowliest" of nations they would know it was from the Lord.  In JAMES, God warns the "rich" ... and believing Christians (both Jew and Gentile) are told to "be patient" as we endure the difficult trials and suffering we are told we will face in this life UNTIL the "coming of the Lord" ... and to remember the Prophets who were steadfast in their faith (knowing the promise of the Kingdom and their reward would come after this life.)     (Prophecies:  The "RAPTURE")       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN) 

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 27-28 ... James 4

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)

 

Excerpts and notes from Ezekiel 27-28 ...

 

     -  God continues to outline the coming Judgments against Israel's neighbors

     -  "King" of Tyre ... God describes and provides more information concerning this created angel Lucifer (Satan)

     -  God promises Israel will one day be re-gathered to live in peace ... and no surrounding nations will cause her trouble

 

Excerpts and notes from James 4 ...

 

     -  What causes quarrels and fights among you?  You desire what you don't have ... you covet what you can't obtain

     -  You do not have, because you do not ask.

     -  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

     -  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

     -  Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.    

     -  The Scripture says, “He (God) yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us”

     -  God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble ... submit yourselves therefore to God

     -  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

     -  Draw near to God ... and He will draw near to you

     -  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded

     -  Be wretched and mourn and weep ... let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom

     -  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you

     -  Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.

     -  You who say, “Tomorrow we will go and trade and make a profit” - -  Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.

     -  What IS your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes

     -  Instead you OUGHT to say, “IF the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

     -  As it is, you boast in your arrogance ... all such boasting is evil

     -  Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

 

 

Day 323: Ezekiel 20-21 ... James 1

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)   

 

Excerpts and notes from Ezekiel 20-21 ...

 

   "Thus says the Lord God ...

     -  I swore to them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I (God) had searched out for them

     -  I said to them, cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you,

     -  But they rebelled against Me (God) and were not willing to listen to Me

     -  None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on

     -  Nevertheless, My eye spared them, and I did not destroy them or make a full end of them in the wilderness.

     -  Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations ...

     -  Because they had not obeyed My Rules      (God will one day "pour out His wrath on ALL nations" for disobedience )

     -  What is the high place to which you go (for your abominations)?  So its name is called Bamah to this day

     -  Will you defile yourselves ... when you ... offer up your children in fire    (Today we call it "abortion"... God hates it!)

     -  What is in your mind shall never happen ... The thought, ‘Let us (the children of Israel) be like the nations (Gentiles)'

     -  As I live, declares the Lord God ...

        With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out

        I (GOD) WILL BE KING over you.   (Exactly what He did on the Cross ... "King of kings and Lord of lords")

     -  Things shall not remain as they are    (For God said He would create a New Covenant with Israel ... see Jeremiah 31:31)

     -  Exalt that which is low, and bring low that which is exalted.       (See James below ... )

     -  This also shall not be, UNTIL He (Messiah) comes

     -  The One to whom Judgment belongs, and I (God) will give it to Him.    (And a New Covenant written in His Blood)

 

Excerpts and notes from James 1 ...

 

   "To the Twelve Tribes in the Dispersion:

     -  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds      (It requires faith to fully trust in the Lord)

     -  For you know that the testing of your faith (faith in God and God's Word) produces steadfastness

     -  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach

     -  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting

     -  For the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

     -  For that person (the one who doubts) must NOT suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord

     -  Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation   (See above - "exalt that which is low")

     -  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial

     -  For when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of Life which God has promised to those who LOVE Him.

     Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

     -  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin

     -  And sin when it is fully grown brings forth death  (in Hell)     (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

     -  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above   (Don't ever boast or forget to thank God for ALL things)

     -  Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger

     -  For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

     -  Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness

     -  And receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls     (God's Promise ...)

     But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

     -  If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart

     -  This person's religion is worthless     (the one who does not bridle his tongue)

     -  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their affliction

        and to keep oneself unstained from the World.

 

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 17-19 ... Hebrews 13

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)   

 

God warns ...

 

   “Yet YOU say, ‘The Way of the Lord is not just.’

     Hear now, O house of Israel (and ALL Mankind):

     Is My (God's) Way not just?

     Is it not YOUR ways that are not just?

     When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice,

     he SHALL die for it (in Hell);    (The Bible warns if we commit one sin we are guilty of all sins ... James 2:10)

     for the injustice that he has done he shall die.

     Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed

     and does what is just and right,

     he shall save his life (and dwell in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven).     (God's Promise ...)

     Because he considered and turned away  ("repented")

     from all the transgressions that he had committed,

     he shall surely LIVE;

     he shall NOT die (in Hell).

     (Ezekiel 18:25-28)

 

   "Cast away from you all the transgressions (sins) that you have committed,

     and make yourselves a NEW heart and a NEW spirit!"   ("Born again!")

     (Ezekiel 18:31)   (Jesus warned one must be "born again" to enter into Heaven ... John 3:1-3)

 

   "WHY will you die (in Hell),

     O house of Israel (and all Mankind)?    (God is now crying out and pleading with all to turn back to Him ...)

     For I have NO PLEASURE in the death of ANYONE, declares the Lord God;

     so TURN (repent), and LIVE (forever in Heaven).”

     (Ezekiel 18:31-32)     (The assurance of life in HEAVEN  ... it's NOT too late!!!)  

 

   "Now may the God of Peace

     who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus (Yeshua),       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH ...  from the ancient Jewish Scriptures)

     the Great Shepherd of the sheep,

     by the Blood of the Eternal Covenant,    (In Ezekiel 16:59-61 God prophesied a new "Everlasting (Eternal) Covenant")

     equip you with everything good that you may do His will,

     working in us that which is pleasing in His sight,

     through Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew),

     to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."

     (Hebrews 13:20-21)     (God's Promise ...)    

 

For those who place their faith, love, trust, and obedience in Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) this life on Earth will be the closest thing to Hell they will ever experience ... and for all those who reject, deny, or simply ignore Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) this short life on Earth will be the closest thing to Heaven they will ever experience.

 

GOD warns the allotted lifespan for Mankind (whom He created) now has an upper limit of 120 years (Genesis 6:2-4) with an average lifespan of 70 - 80 years (Psalm 90) ... whereas the long life ("eternal" life) which has been prepared and is waiting for ALL Mankind (immediately after our earthly bodies die) ... will be permanently spent in either Heaven or in Hell ... (after the "separation") ... and will continue on FOREVER! 

 

YOU will determine your own eternal destiny.  YOU will decide whether you are "chosen" to spend your eternity in Heaven or in Hell by a decision you must make.  YOU will either place your faith and trust in God's Word ("Christ") and what He says (called the "narrow" gate and the "difficult" way, which requires a "willful" decision on our part to choose) ... OR ... you will place your faith and trust in what The World ("Antichrist") will convince you to believe (as with the Serpent in the Garden) called the "broad" way (the easiest "default" path of least resistance which requires no change in our lives and seems right because it is so crowded ... BUT ... it is this "broad" way which God cries out and warns is a fearful and mournful path leading to the terrible and inescapable prison of darkness with a waiting executioner.)     (The assurance of life in HEAVEN  ... it's NOT too late!!!)  

 

Jesus (Yeshua) warns ...

 

   "He who is NOT with Me

     is AGAINST Me ..."   (There is no "in-between"... and it is our relationship with Him that determines our destiny)

     (Matthew 12:30)      (God's Promise ...)

 

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 16 ... Hebrews 12   

--Alpha News Daily     (Daily Bible Verses ... Daily List and Index)    Through EZEKIEL, God graphically describes Jerusalem-Israel as an abandoned baby He rescued who turned into a beautiful young lady ... and then into the worst sort of prostitute ... He says she became worse than her sisters "Samaria" and "Sodom" whom He previously judged ... and that He will raise them all up (Samaria, Sodom, Jerusalem) again ... and because they have "despised the oath in breaking the (first) Covenant ... God says He will (sometime after Ezekiel writes this) establish a new Everlasting Covenant ... His Covenant ... and that HE will "atone" "for all they have done"  (which is exactly what He did on the Cross).   In HEBREWS, God is speaking to the children of Israel and sheds light on the "New" Covenant (see Jeremiah 31:31, Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20) and the new relationship and the responsibility and the painful discipline placed upon the "sons" who are adopted through the new Covenant and whom He will lovingly chastise and train during this life ... "a new creation"... a new relationship with God promised to all who will embrace the New Covenant through His promised Messiah who "endured" the Cross and "despised" the shame for the Glory that was to come ....

 

Hebrews 12 also compares the terrifying sights and sounds surrounding the first Covenant given in the Wilderness ...

 

  "For you have not come to what may be touched,

     a blazing fire and darkness and gloom

     and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet

     and a voice whose words made the hearers beg

     that no further messages be spoken to them.

     For they could not endure the order that was given,

   “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”

     Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”

 

To the Heavenly majesty, beauty, and festivities surrounding the New Covenant ...

 

   "But you (all who follow Messiah) have come to Mount Zion

     and to the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,

     and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

     and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in Heaven,

     and to God, the judge of all,

     and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

     and to Jesus (Yeshua), the mediator of a New Covenant,   (see Jeremiah 31:31, Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20)

     and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better Word than the blood of Abel.

 

     See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.

     For if they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on Earth,

     much less will we escape if we reject Him who warns from Heaven.

     At that time His voice shook the Earth,

     but now He has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the Earth but also the Heavens.”

 

 

Ezekiel 13-15 ... Hebrews 11:20-40

 

Through EZEKIEL, God warns He will destroy the false prophets who say "Peace" when there is no peace ... In HEBREWS, God continues teaching we are saved by FAITH and reminds us of all that Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses' parents, Moses, the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho, Rahab the prostitute, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the Prophets accomplished and endured through faith in something unseen and beyond this life ... and reminds US through faith we will endure trials and pain in this life in the hope and promise of what lies ahead after our earthly bodies die (as did Moses and the Prophets.)     (God's Promise ...)     (Finding Hope and Comfort in Times of Trouble ...)

 

 

Ezekiel 10-12 ... Hebrews 11:1-19

 

EZEKIEL is shown the Glory of the Lord leaving the Temple and then Ezekiel is told to physically act out another prophecy which is critical and crucial to the children of Israel ... Then in HEBREWS, God describes what faith is, and we are warned that "without faith it is impossible to please God" ... we are shown how through faith Abel offered a more pleasing sacrifice than Cain ... and by faith Enoch was was "taken up" (raptured) so he should not see death, and by faith Abraham went out not knowing where he was going, and by faith Sarah received the power to conceive ... yet, all these men and women of faith died "not yet having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar," and "having acknowledged they were strangers and exiles on the Earth." ... for their citizenship is in Heaven.)

 

A Lesson in Faith and Prophecy ...

ABRAHAM offering ISAAC  (from Hebrews 11) ...

 

   "By FAITH Abraham,

     when he was tested,

     offered up Isaac,

     and he who had received the promises

     was in the act of offering up his only son,

     of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”

     He (Abraham) considered that God

     was able even to raise him (Isaac) from the dead,

     from which, figuratively speaking, he DID receive him back."

    

Note:  Just as we have also seen God tell Ezekiel to physically act out crucial and critical prophecies ... so did God have Abraham act out a MOST crucial and critical prophecy ... a prophecy of when God would one day offer His only Son ("whom He loved") for all of Mankind ...  and on that exact same Mount Moriah. 

 

Also, in Abraham's mind and eyes, Isaac was dead for three days (from the time God told him to sacrifice his only son Isaac) before he (Isaac) was miraculously "resurrected" to Abraham (when God would "provide Himself a sacrifice") ... and ... it is the last time we see Isaac UNTIL he is united with his bride (Rebekah) who was gathered and brought to him by Abraham's servant Eliezer ("Comforter") ... just as we are told Jesus (Yeshua) the Son of God is now waiting for "the Comforter" (the Holy Spirit) to gather and present a "Bride" (including all ... both Jew and Gentile ... who will believe in and love the Son of God) ... and we are told the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb" is now being prepared in His Kingdom of Heaven for all who will believe, love, trust, and obey.)     (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be left behind)   

 

 

Ezekiel 7-9 ... Hebrews 10:24-39

 

  God prepared Israel (and now the World) for His "Day of Wrath" (and showed Ezekiel "why") ... and the book of Hebrews warns of fearful and terrible punishment for those who "spurn the Son of God" (see Psalm 2) and "profane the Blood of the Covenant."   Hebrews also lovingly warns the followers of Messiah (Christ) will "have need of endurance" in this life.  

 

To embrace the gift of becoming the children of God we must WANT to obey Him (because we love Him and His Word is good) ...

 

   "For if we go on sinning deliberately

     after receiving the knowledge of the truth,

     there NO longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

     but a fearful expectation of judgment,

     and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries."

     (Hebrews 10:24-27)     (The ASSURANCE of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

 

A fearful warning to those who "spurn the Son of God" and "profane the Blood of the Covenant" ...

 

   "Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses

     dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

     How much worse punishment,

     do you think, will be deserved

     by the one who has spurned the Son of God,   (read Psalm 2 ...)

     and has profaned the Blood of the Covenant

     by which He (the Son of God) was sanctified (set apart),

     and has outraged the Spirit of Grace?    (Not a good idea when you consider the "Spirit of Grace" determines who is saved out of Hell)

     For we know Him who said,

   "Vengeance is mine; I will repay."

     And again, "The Lord will judge His people."

     It is a FEARFUL THING to fall into the hands of the living God."       (The moment you take your last breath in this life ...)

     (Hebrews 10:28-31)     (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

 

A loving warning to those who choose (and are chosen) to follow Messiah (Christ) ...

"YOU HAVE NEED OF  ENDURANCE" (in this life) ...

 

   "But recall the former days

     when after you were enlightened,

     you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,

     sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction,

     and sometimes being partners with those so treated.

     For you had compassion on those in prison,

     and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property,

     since you KNEW that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.   (In the eternal Kingdom of Heaven ...)

     Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

     FOR YOU HAVE NEED OF ENDURANCE,

     so that when you have done the Will of God

     you may receive what is promised.     (God's Promise ...) 

     For,

   "Yet a little while,
     and the Coming One will come and will not delay;

     but My righteous one shall live by faith,

     and if he shrinks back,
     My soul has no pleasure in him."

     But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed,

     but of those who have faith

     and preserve their souls."

     (Hebrews 10:32-39)          (Finding Hope and Comfort in Times of Trouble ...)

 

 

Ezekiel 4-6 ... Hebrews 10:1-23

 

Ezekiel 4-6 (excerpts):

God pronounces Judgment against Israel and Jerusalem ...

 

     Then lie on your left side,

     and place the punishment of the house of Israel upon it.

     For the number of the days that you lie on it,

     you shall bear their punishment.

     For I assign to you a number of days, 390 days,

     equal to the number of the years of their punishment.

     So long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel.

     And when you have completed these,

     you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side,

     and bear the punishment of the house of Judah ... 40 days

     I assign you, a day for each year.   (MATHEMATICAL Prophecy:  ISRAEL a Nation in 1948 ... JERUSALEM regained in 1967)

 

Hebrews 10:1-23 (excerpts):

Rabbi Shaul (Paul) teaches how Messiah (Christ's) Sacrifice is ONCE AND FOR ALL ...

 

   "For since the Law has but a shadow of the good things to come

     instead of the true form of these realities,

     it (the Law) can never, by the same sacrifices

     that are continually offered every year,

     make perfect those who draw near.

     Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered,

     since the worshipers, having once been cleansed,

     would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

    

    But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.

     For it is IMPOSSIBLE for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.   (It could only temporarily "cover" sins ...)

     Consequently, when Messiah (Christcame into the World, He said ...

 

   “Sacrifices and offerings You (God) have not desired,
     but a body have you prepared for Me (Messiah);
     in burnt offerings and sin offerings
     you have taken no pleasure.
     Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do YOUR Will, O God,
    as it is written of Me in the Scroll of the Book.’”    
 
(PROPHECIES of MESSIAH from the ancient Jewish Scriptures ...) 

 

     Then He added,

   “Behold, I have come to do Your Will.”

     He does away with the first in order to establish the second.

     And by that will we have been sanctified (set apart by God)

     through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."   (That is why God allowed the Temple to be destroyed)

 

 

Ezekiel 1-3 ... Hebrews 9

 

Rabbi Shaul (Paul) is explaining to Hebrews the difference between the "First Covenant" and the "New Covenant" (first prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31) and how both were confirmed through blood ... and "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins"... and the shedding of goats and bulls blood by priests (who also needed cleansing) could only be "temporary"... Ezekiel (and Jeremiah) both warn how God's Anger was kindled because the people rejected His Word (through His servants the Prophets) and thus had rejected the first Covenant ... and as God sends Ezekiel to the exiles dwelling in "Tel-Abib" (Babylon), God warns him most of the people (and their "descendants") will not listen to His Word ... but God says those of "foreign speech" (gentiles) surely would have listened to Ezekiel if he had been sent to prophesy to them.

 

As a note:  It was only after Jesus (Yeshua) was rejected as the promised Messiah (as the Prophets forewarned) that He allowed His Word to be offered as a "light" (which reveals God) to the "Gentiles."  And, just as the Temple was destroyed during the generation of Jeremiah and Ezekiel after the people persistently "refused to listen" and rejected God's Word sent through the prophets, the Temple was once again destroyed (and those in Jerusalem once again suffered greatly through "famine, pestilence, and the sword") in that same generation Messiah was rejected (70 AD) for exactly the same reasons.     (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH from the ancient Jewish Scriptures ...) 

 

The Prophets also explain (and promise) that one day during a coming time of great and terrible testing (a 7-year period which could begin soon), a remnant of the children of Israel will soften their hearts (and "foreheads") and will recognize and cry out for their Messiah to save them, He will return and He will save them from all their enemies ... and then the children of Israel will rule over all the nations of the world in peace under Her Eternal King who will sit on the throne of King David ... in Jerusalem.)       (Messiah:  The GENEALOGY of Jesus ... Yeshua)

 

 

Hebrews 8 (excerpts):

Quotes (and explains) the new Covenant prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31

 

Hebrews 2 (excerpts):

 

   "Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard,

     lest we drift away from it.      (It is believing in Messiah's DEATH and RESURRECTION that saves us ... few churches teach that now.)

     For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable,      (MATHEMATICAL Prophecy ... Daniel:  MESSIAH Revealed) 

     and EVERY transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,    (Messiah received "just retribution" for our sins)

     HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE (HELL)

     IF WE NEGLECT such a great SALVATION?    (Don't "neglect" to trust, obey, and love the One sent to save you.)

 

    “What is man, that You are mindful of him,      (This passage is from Psalm 8 ... a prophecy of Messiah)
      or the Son of Man, that you care for Him?   
  (He IS the "Son of Man" prophesied in Daniel 7:13)
     You made HIM for a little while lower than the angels;   
(So He could "taste death" to fix Man's "sin problem")
     you have crowned Him with glory and honor,
   
 putting everything in subjection under His feet.”  (Read the "Prophets"... Messiah had to come from Heaven)

 

     Now in putting everything in subjection to Him,

     He left nothing outside His control.

     At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him.

     But we see Him who for a LITTLE while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus (Yeshua),

     crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death,

     so that by the Grace of God HE might taste death for EVERYONE.     (ONE Son of God ... offered for ALL Mankind)

 

     For surely it is not angels that He helps,

     but He helps the offspring of Abraham.

     Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect,     (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH from the ancient Jewish Scriptures ...)  

     so that HE might become

     a merciful and faithful High Priest in the service of God,      (Messiah was sent forth as Prophet, Priest, and King)

     to make propitiation (receive ALL God's justice and wrath) for the sins of the people.     (Not His own sin ...)

 

     For BECAUSE He Himself has suffered when tested (tempted),

     He is able to help those who are being tested (tempted).         (Finding Hope and Comfort in Times of Trouble ...)

 

Jeremiah 46 - 48    (excerpts)

 

Judgment on Egypt

 

God's Promise to Israel ...

 

   “But fear not, O Jacob My servant,
     nor be dismayed, O Israel,
     for behold, I will save you from far away,
     and your offspring from the land of their captivity.
     Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,
     and none shall make him afraid.
     Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
     declares the
Lord,
     for I am with you.
     I WILL make a full end of all the nations         
(Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ... "The Time of Jacob's (Israel's) Trouble")
     to which I have driven you,
     but of you (Israel) I will NOT make a full end.
     I WILL discipline you in just measure,
     and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”    
   (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

Judgment on the Philistines ("Palestinians" in Roman) ...

 

Judgment on Moab (in modern-day Jordan)

 

     Moab shall be destroyed

     and be no longer a people,      (this first happened around the time of Jeremiah and Babylon)
     because he magnified himself against the
Lord.   (Pride!)
 

     Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
       in the LATTER days
, declares the Lord.”    
 

 

Hebrews 4    (excerpts)

 

   "Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands,

     let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.

     For good news came to us just as to them (the children of Israel in the Wilderness),

     but the message they heard did not benefit them,

     BECAUSE they were not united by faith

     with those who listened.

 

     For we who have believed ENTER that rest,

     as He has said,

 

   “As I swore in My wrath,
   ‘They shall not enter My rest,’”

 

     although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

     For He has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way:

   “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”

     And again in this passage He said,

   “They shall not enter My rest.”

 

     Since therefore it remains for SOME to enter it,

     and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter

     BECAUSE of disobedience,    ("Disobedience" means "refuse to listen" to God's Word)

     again He appoints a certain day, “TODAY,”

     saying through David so long afterward (after God judged them in the Wilderness),

     in the words already quoted,

 

   “TODAY, if you hear His voice,
     do NOT harden your hearts.”

 

     For if JOSHUA had given them rest,

     God would not have spoken of another day LATER on.

 

     So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,

     for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.

     Let us therefore strive to enter that rest,

     so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

 

     For the Word of God is living and active,

     sharper than any two-edged sword,

     piercing to the division of soul and of spirit,

     of joints and of marrow,

     and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

     And no creature is hidden from His sight,

     but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

 

     Jesus (Yeshua) the Great High Priest

     Since then we have a great high priest

     who has passed through the heavens,

     Jesus, the Son of God,   (see Psalm 2)

     let us hold fast our confession.

     For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,

     but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

 

     Let us then with confidence draw near to the Throne of Grace,

     that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.       (Amen!!!)

 

 

Jeremiah 43 - 45    (excerpts)

 

Jeremiah Taken to Egypt After God Warns The People NOT To Go To Egypt ...

 

   "When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people

     all these words of the Lord their God,

     with which the Lord their God had sent him to them,

     Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah

     and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah,

   “You are telling a lie.

     The Lord our God did not send you to say,

    ‘Do not go to Egypt to live there,’

 

   Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

     Behold, I will set my face against you for harm, ... to cut off all Judah.

     I will take the remnant of Judah

     who have set their faces to come to the land of Egypt to live, ...

     From the least to the greatest, they shall die by the sword and by famine,

     and they shall become an oath, a horror, a curse, and a taunt.

     I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem,

 

     Then all the men who knew that their wives had made offerings to other gods,

     and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, ... answered Jeremiah:

     “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the Name of the Lord,

     WE will NOT LISTEN to you.    ("Disobedience " means "refuse to listen.")

    But WE WILL ...

     make offerings to the Queen of Heaven   (BEWARE!!!  Some churches are teaching a "Queen" of Heaven and "Queendom" of God.)

     and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did,

     both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials,

     in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem.

     For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster.

     But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven

     and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything

     and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.”

     And the women said,

   “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her,

     was it without our husbands' approval that we made cakes for her

     bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her?”

 

     Then Jeremiah said to all the people, men and women,

     all the people who had given him this answer:

   As for the offerings that you offered in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem,

     you and your fathers, your kings and your officials, and the people of the land,

     did NOT the Lord remember them?

     Did it not come into his mind?

     The Lord could NO LONGER bear your evil deeds

     and the abominations that you committed.    (This is a warning to all living on Earth today ...)

     Therefore your land has become a desolation and a waste and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day.

     It is because you made offerings

     and because you sinned against the Lord

     and did NOT obey the voice of the Lord

     or walk in His law and in His statutes and in His testimonies

     that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day.”   (All these things also happened as an example for US!!  1 Corinthians 10:11)

 

Hebrews 3    (excerpts)

 

   "Therefore, holy brothers, 

     you who share in a Heavenly calling,

     consider Jesus (Yeshua),

     the apostle and high priest of our confession,

     who was faithful to Him who appointed Him,

     just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house.

     For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—

     as much more glory as the builder of a house

     has more honor than the house itself.

     (For every house is built by someone,

     but the BUILDER of all things is GOD.)

     Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant,

     to testify to the things that were to be spoken later,

     but MESSIAH (Christ) is faithful over God's house as a Son.    (See Psalm 2)

 

     And WE ARE His house

     IF indeed we hold fast our confidence ...

 

     Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says

,

   “TODAY, if you hear His voice,
     do NOT harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
     on the day of testing in the Wilderness,
     where your fathers put Me to the test
     and saw My works for forty years.
     Therefore I was provoked with that generation,   (as He was with the generation of Jeremiah ...)
     and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
     they have NOT known My ways.’

     As I swore in My wrath,
  ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”  
  (ISRAEL was warned and judged  ... TODAY all GENTILES have been warned by God.)

 

     Take care, brothers,

     lest there be in any of you

     an evil, unbelieving heart,

     leading you to fall away from the living God.   (The "falling away" which we are now seeing in MANY churches ...)

 

   "Today, if you hear His voice,
     do NOT harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

 

     So we see that they were UNABLE to enter

     BECAUSE of UNBELIEF.        (God's Promise ...)      (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!) 

 

Jeremiah 40 - 42    (excerpts)

Jeremiah Remains in Judah With The Remnant and Gedaliah

 

   "The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord after Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he took him bound in chains along with all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon. The captain of the guard took Jeremiah and said to him, “The Lord your God pronounced this disaster against this place. The Lord has brought it about, and has done as he said. Because you sinned against the Lord and did not obey His voice, this thing has come upon you. Now, behold, I release you today from the chains on your hands. If it seems good to you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will look after you well, but if it seems wrong to you to come with me to Babylon, do not come. See, the whole land is before you; go wherever you think it good and right to go.

 

When all the captains of the forces in the open country and their men heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land and had committed to him men, women, and children, those of the poorest of the land who had not been taken into exile to Babylon, they went to Gedaliah at Mizpah"

 

Gedaliah (who had been appointed ruler and whom Jeremiah had been sent to live with) Murdered By Ishmael

 

Warning Against Going to Egypt

 

 

Hebrews 2    (excerpts)

Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

 

   "Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

     For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable,

     and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,  (Messiah was "sent forth" to suffer and die for all our sins ...)

     HOW shall we escape (Hell)

     IF WE NEGLECT such a great Salvation?    ("Saving" us OUT of eternal Hell ... and INTO life everlasting in His Kingdom of Heaven.)

 

     It was declared at first by the Lord,   (through the prophets ... see Isaiah 53, Psalm 2, etc.)

     and it was attested to us by those who heard,

     while God also bore witness

     by signs and wonders and various miracles    (Jesus presented His "credentials" through the many signs and miracles He performed)

     and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.

 

The Founder of Salvation

 

     Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.

     It has been testified somewhere,

 

    “What is man, that you are mindful of him,
      or the Son of Man, that you care for him?
     You made HIM for a little while lower than the angels;
     you have crowned Him with glory and honor, [3]
     putting everything in subjection under His feet.”

 

     Now in putting everything in subjection to Him,

     He left nothing outside His control.

     At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him.

     But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus,

     crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death,

     so that by the grace of God He might taste death for EVERYONE.   (All we have to do is believe, repent, trust, and obey ... and love.)

 

     For it was fitting that He,

     for whom and by whom all things exist,

     in bringing many sons to glory,

     should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

     For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. [4]

 

     That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, [5] saying,

        “I will tell of Your Name to My brothers;
          in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”

   And again,

         “I will put my trust in Him.”

  And again,

       “Behold, I and the children God has given Me.”

 

     Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood,

     He himself likewise partook of the same things,

     that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death,

     that is, the Devil,

     and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

 

     For surely it is not angels that He helps,

     but He helps the offspring of Abraham.

     Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect,

     so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God,

     to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

 

     For because He himself has suffered when tempted,

     He is able to help those who are being tempted.

 

 

Jeremiah 29-30 (excerpts)

 

   “For thus says the Lord:

     When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you

     (MATHEMATICAL Prophecy:  AFTER the 70 years in Babylon ... Why ISRAEL Becomes a Nation in 1948)

 

     Concerning all the people who dwell in this City (Jerusalem),

     your kinsmen who did not go out with you into exile:

   ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts,

     BEHOLD, I am sending on them sword, famine, and pestilence ...

 

     BECAUSE they did NOT pay attention to My Words, declares the Lord,

     that I PERSISTENTLY sent to you by My servants the Prophets,

     but you would NOT listen,

     declares the Lord.’    (God warns the result of ISRAEL'S  disobedience is an EXAMPLE for US! ... 1 Corinthians 10:11)

 

     Alas! THAT DAY is so great
     there is NONE like it ...
      
(Prophecies: The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon ... "The Time of Jacob's Trouble")
 

     IT (the coming "Apocalypse")

     is a time of distress ("trouble") for JACOB;   (ISRAEL!!)
     yet he (Israel) SHALL be saved out of it ...

 

     I WILL make a full end of all the nations
     among whom I scattered you,
     but of you (Israel) I will NOT make a full end.   
 

     I will discipline you (Israel) in just measure,        (Prophecies ... ISRAEL and JERUSALEM)  
     and I will by no means leave you unpunished.     
(In Zechariah 13:8-9 we are told "two-thirds" in Israel will perish ...)

 

Titus 1 (excerpts)

 

   "Paul, a servant of God

     and an apostle ("sent one") of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew),

     for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth,

     which accords with Godliness,

     in hope of eternal life,

     which God, who NEVER lies,

     promised before the ages began

     and at the proper time manifested in His Word          (MATHEMATICAL Prophecy:  MESSIAH Revealed) 

     through the preaching with which I have been entrusted

     by the command of God our Savior        (God's Promise ...)         (Finding Hope and Comfort in Times of Trouble ...)

 

 

Jeremiah 25-26 (excerpts)

 

Another remarkable Bible prophecy describing the coming "Great Tribulation" and Battle of Armageddon ...

 

   "For BEHOLD,

     I (God) begin to bring calamity on the City which is called by My Name (Jerusalem),     (God is now stirring things up ...)

     and should you (the Nations of the world) be utterly unpunished?

     You shall NOT be unpunished,

     for I will call for a sword on ALL the inhabitants of the Earth," says the LORD of hosts.'      (Prophecies: The "APOCALYPSE") 

     Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them:

    'The LORD will ROAR from on high,      ("Behold, THE LION of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David"... Revelation 5:5)

     And utter His voice from His holy habitation;

     He will roar mightily against His fold.    (Israel will be sorely scourged and their faith tested in "the Day of the Lord"...)

     He will give a shout, as those who tread the grapes,

     Against ALL the inhabitants of the Earth.   (All in the World who have rejected God and God's Word will be crushed ...)

     A noise will come to the ends of the Earth --

     For the LORD has a controversy with the nations (gentiles);

     He will plead His case with all flesh.

     He will give those who are wicked to the sword,' says the LORD."  

     Thus says the LORD of hosts (Armies):

   "Behold, DISASTER shall go forth from nation to nation,

     And a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the Earth.  

     And at that Day the slain of the LORD

     shall be from one end of the Earth

     even to the other end of the Earth.

     They shall NOT be lamented, or gathered, or buried;

     they shall become as dung on the ground."       (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE"... Jew and Gentile ... please don't be "left behind")

 

2 Timothy 1 (excerpts)

 

God DESCRIBES the generation who will lead the world into the "Apocalypse" and Armageddon ...

 

   "But KNOW this,

     that IN THE LAST DAYS

     perilous (savage, fierce) times will come,

     for men   (mankind ... men and women)

     will be

     lovers of themselves,

     lovers of money,

     boasters,

     proud,      ("Puffed up" ... ""Nobody is going to tell me what to do!" ...  "I don't care what God says!")

     blasphemers   (mocking God and Jesus),

     disobedient to parents,   (will not respect authority)

     unthankful,

     unholy,

     unloving,

     unforgiving,

     slanderers,

     without self-control,

     violent (brutal),

     despisers of good, 

     traitors,

     headstrong,

     arrogant (haughty),

     lovers of pleasure       ("Feeding the lusts of their eyes and their flesh" ... "If it feels good ... do it!")

     rather than lovers of God,

     having a FORM of godliness    (professing a belief in some "god"... even going to a church or synagogue)

     but denying its power ... "  (God's power to comfort, heal, and save (from Hell) ... and judge and condemn)

 

 

Jeremiah 23-24 (excerpts)

 

The Righteous Branch

 

   “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,

     when I will raise up for David     (Jesus (Yeshua) was born in Bethlehem ... because He was a descendant of David)

     a Righteous Branch,     (Branch = Netzer (NZR) in Hebrew... the root of NaZeReth and NaZeRene ... is the "Branch")

     and HE shall reign as King and deal wisely,       (The GENEALOGY of Jesus (Yeshua) ... which the religious leaders of His day never disputed)

     and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

     In His days Judah will be saved,

     and Israel will dwell securely.       (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN)

     And this is the Name by which he will be called:

   ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’     (We are told we are made righteous ... and "saved" through HIS righteousness.)

 

     BEHOLD, the storm of the Lord!
     WRATH has gone forth,    
 
  (Prophecies: "THE DAY of God's WRATH" ... The coming "APOCALYPSE" and Armageddon) 
     a whirling tempest;
     it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
     The anger of the Lord will not turn back
     until He has executed and accomplished
     the intents of his heart.

     IN THE LATTER DAYS  

     you will understand it clearly."      (We are now living in "the latter days"...)

 

2 Timothy 1 (excerpts)

 

   "Share in suffering       (Finding Hope and Comfort in Times of Trouble ...)

     as a good soldier of Christ Jesus (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew).

 

     Remember Jesus Christ,

     risen from the dead,        (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH from the ancient Jewish Scriptures ...)

     the offspring of DAVID ...     ("Son of David":  The GENEALOGY of Jesus (Yeshua) ... which the religious leaders of His day never disputed)

 

     IF we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;
     IF we endure, we will also reign with Him;

     IF we deny him, He also will deny us;
     IF we are faithless, He remains faithful—

 

     FLEE youthful passions

     and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace ...

    

     And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone,

     able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

     correcting his opponents with gentleness.

     God may perhaps grant them repentance

     leading to a knowledge of the truth ..."     (God's Promise ...) 

 

 

Jeremiah 20-22 (excerpts)

 

   "Now Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was Chief Officer in the House of the Lord,

     heard Jeremiah prophesying these things.

     Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet,      (Messiah ... later sent forth as Prophet, Priest, and King ... was also beaten)

     and put him in the stocks ...  (Jesus warned the "vinedressers" who beat the prophets would also kill Him ... Matt 21:38)

 

     And many nations will pass by this City (Jerusalem),   (until Messiah returns and restores the city, nation, and world.)

     and every man will say to his neighbor,

   WHY has the Lord dealt thus with this great city?”

     And they will answer,

   BECAUSE they have forsaken the Covenant of the Lord their God

     and worshiped other gods and served them."     (Sexual immorality, abortion, homosexuality, pride, drunkenness, etc.)

 

2 Timothy 1 (excerpts)

 

   "For God has NOT given us a spirit of fear    (when we allow fear to control our lives misery and pain will follow ...)

     BUT, (God HAS given us a Spirit) of power

     AND love and self-control.     ("I WILL trust in God, and I will NOT be afraid"... Psalm 56:3-4)

 

     Therefore do NOT be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord ...

     but share in suffering for the Gospel ("good news")

     by the power of God,

     who SAVED us     (from the painful punishment we would receive in Hell for all our sins against God)

     and called us to a holy calling,     (He is "calling" a people out of this world ... we must hear and follow Him)

     NOT because of our works    ("good works" will NOT save anyone ... but, we will receive rewards in Heaven for them.)

     BUT, because of HIS own purpose and Grace,    ("Grace" is receiving a loving gift we don't deserve ... )

     which HE gave us

     in Christ Jesus (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew)      (The "Gift" He offers is eternal life in His Kingdom of Heaven)

     before the ages began,      ("In the beginning was the Word ... and the Word was God ... and became flesh"- John 1)

     and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,

     who abolished death     (Messiah ... the "second Adam" was sent forth to save us from "the curse" of death and Hell)

     and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel ("good news" of Messiah) ...   (God's Promise ...)

     for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,

     which is why I suffer as I do."    (As with Jeremiah and the prophets ... all chosen of God will find suffering in this life.)

 

 

Jeremiah 17-19 (excerpts)

 

   “Cursed is the man who trusts in man ...

   “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord

 

     Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

     Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place

     that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.

     BECAUSE the people have forsaken Me ...

     AND BECAUSE they have filled this place with the blood of innocents (unwanted babies)...

     to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal ...  (Abortion! ... For which God brought disaster upon them.)  

 

     If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom,

     that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it,

     and IF that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, ("repents")

     I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it."     (Our time to return to God grows short ...)

 

1 Timothy 6 (excerpts)

 

   "But as for you, O man of God ...

     Pursue righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

     Fight the good fight of the faith.

     Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called ...      (God's Promise ...)

 

     To keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach

     until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew),     (Prophecies:  The coming "RAPTURE") 

     which He will display at the proper time—

     He who is the blessed and only Sovereign,

     the King of kings and Lord of lords,         (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH from the ancient Jewish Scriptures ...)

     who alone has immortality,

     who dwells in unapproachable light,

     whom no one has ever seen or can see.

     To Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen."        (PROPHECIES of MESSIAH'S RETURN)

 

Jeremiah 14-16 (excerpts)

 

God pronounces a great and TERRIBLE judgment upon the people ... He is "tired of relenting"

 

   "And I (God) will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the Earth

     BECAUSE of what Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, DID

     in Jerusalem.  (Abortion!!  Manasseh "passed sons and daughters through the fire"...  (GOD'S  LAW:  ABORTION)

     (Note:  Today in Israel there are over 19,000 "sons and daughters" aborted every year ... 120 for every 1000 births.)

 
     You (the people) have REJECTED Me, declares the Lord;
     you keep going backward,     (into more and more sin ... and further away from God's Word)

 

     They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried.

     They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground.

 

     And when you tell this people all these words,

     and they say to you,

   ‘WHY has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us?     

     WHAT is our sin (iniquity)?

     WHAT is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’

 

     Then you shall say to them ...

     BECAUSE your fathers have forsaken Me (God)

     and have NOT kept MY Law,  (against lying, sexual immorality, abortion, homosexuality, drunkenness, unbelief, etc.)

     and because you have done worse than your fathers,     (by rejecting God's Love ... by rejecting God's Word)

     for behold,

     every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will,     (willfully breaking, and mocking, and ignoring God's Law)

     REFUSING to listen (disobedience) to ME (God's Word!!!)."      (Prophecies:  The coming "APOCALYPSE" and ARMAGEDDON)

 

REMEMBER:  God warns ALL these things happened to ISRAEL as an "EXAMPLE" for US!!!   (1 Corinthians 10:11)

 

 

Jeremiah 9-10 (excerpts)

God lists more indictments to warn and to explain His coming judgment against the people ...

 

   "They REFUSE to know Me, declares the Lord.

 

   Thus says the Lord:

   “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom,      (The Bible warns God HATES pride ...)

     let not the mighty (strong) man boast in his might (strength),

     let not the rich man boast in his riches,

     BUT let him who boasts boast in this,

     that he understands and knows ME,

     that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the Earth.

     For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”   (When you learn of God and come to know Him ... you will love Him)

 

     But the Lord is the true God;
     He is the living God

     and the everlasting King.    (See Micah 5:2 ... "from of old, from everlasting"... prophecy of Messiah)
 

     At HIS wrath the Earth quakes,     ("And there shall be earthquakes in diverse places"...)
     and the nations cannot endure His indignation.    (The "Apocalypse" and Armageddon ... the "Day of God's Wrath")

 

1 Timothy 3 (excerpts)

 

Qualifications of an "overseer" (sometimes called pastor, minister, reverend, priest ...)

 

   "Therefore

     an overseer must be above reproach,    (he must be trustworthy and lovingly obedient to God's Word)

     the husband of one wife,    (the overseer is to be a man ... and married ... other positions are not man or woman specific)

     sober-minded, self-controlled,

     respectable, hospitable,

     able to teach,

     not a drunkard,

     not violent but gentle,

     not quarrelsome,

     not a lover of money.

     He must manage his own household well,

     with all dignity keeping his children submissive ...  (he must lovingly train his children to be respectful and obedient)

     He must not be a recent convert,

     or he may become puffed up with conceit

     and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.

 

The Mystery of Godliness ...

 

   "The mystery of Godliness:

     He (God - Messiah) was

     manifested in the flesh,
     vindicated by the Spirit,
     seen by angels,
     proclaimed among the Gentiles (nations),
     believed on in the world,
     taken up in glory."    
(PROPHECIES of MESSIAH from the ancient Jewish Scriptures ...)       (MATHEMATICAL Prophecy:  MESSIAH Revealed)

 

 

Jeremiah 7-8 (excerpts)

Evil in the Land ...

The people rejected the Prophets (who were sent by God to warn them) ...

and they rejected God's Word (which was lovingly given to protect and to save them)

 

   “As for you (Jeremiah),

     do not pray for this people,

     or lift up a cry or prayer for them,

     and do not intercede with Me,       (Messiah would later be sent forth as High Priest who now intercedes ...)

     for I (God) will not hear you ...     (They refused to listen to God ... and their ways became an abomination to God)

 

     They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground.

     Death shall be preferred to life ...

 

     They have rejected the Word of the Lord"      (Our generation should take heed ... and tremble ... and turn back to God)

 

1 Timothy 2 (excerpts)

MESSIAH is now Mediator between God and Man ...

 

   "This is good,

     and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

     who desires ALL people to be SAVED     (saved from our sins and from Hell)

     and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

     For there is one God,

     and there is one Mediator between God and Men,      (Messiah!)

     the man Christ Jesus (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew),     (He is the "Son of Man" prophesied in Daniel 7:13)

     who gave Himself as a ransom for ALL,    (One Son of God given for ALL Mankind ... (Psalm 2) ...  we're "ransomed!!!")

     which is the testimony given at the proper time."     (God's Promise ...) 

 

 

Jeremiah 5-6 (excerpts):

The Lord Proclaims Judgment

 

   "The Word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn;

     they take no pleasure in it ...

 

     Everyone deals falsely ...
     saying, ‘Peace, peace,’

     when there is no peace ...

 

     Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?      (They ignored God's Law against sexual immorality ...)

     NO!  They were NOT at all ashamed;
     NOR did they know how to blush."      (This generation we now live in "no longer knows how to blush"...)

 

1 Timothy 1 (excerpts):

Christ Jesus (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) Came to SAVE Sinners  

 

   "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance,

     that Christ Jesus (Messiah) came into the world to save sinners ...  (see Isaiah 53  -  the Bible warns we are ALL sinners)

     To those who were to believe in HIM for eternal life."     (God's Promise ...)       (The assurance of life in Heaven  ... it's NOT too late!!!)

 

 

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