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December 27 - Morning

"Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion...and said, 'There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.' "
- Revelation10:1-3, 6-7

The Mystery will be Revealed to the World

In chapter ten John is given a little scroll by a mighty angel and told to eat the scroll. After John has eaten it and the words on it he is told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings."

This angel is described as allon aggelon, or "another angel." The Greek word allon means "another of the same kind" which helps identify this being as angelic and not the Lord. The content of the "little scroll" that the angel is holding is never revealed, but it would seem to be the words that John is to speak as prophesy to "many peoples, nations, languages and kings." (10:9-11)

The "mystery of God" that is to be accomplished does not appear to be something hidden or unrevealed since this mystery has been "announced to his servants the prophets." But, the mystery, though it has been revealed to the prophets and spoken by the prophets to the world, has not been understood or accepted by the world. The mystery of God has existed in the hearts and souls of believers through the ages who have lived by faith. But, in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel's trumpet this mystery that has been revealed to the prophets will become manifest to all people. The whole world will see what we have only known by faith in the revelation recorded in the prophetic writings of the prophets.
Meyshar (Hb) - Equity (Eng) - meyshar is the Hebrew word that is translated "equity" (8x), "smooth" (3x), "upright" (3x), "right" (3x) and "peaceful" (1x). The idea of the word meyshar is integrity, equity and fairness. Proverbs uses meyshar five times and tells us that the study of Proverbs will give us meyshar (Prov. 1:3; 2:9; 8:6)
Do I realize that many of the mysteries of God have been revealed to me by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God?
Do I know that these revealed mysteries remain hidden and obscure to the world?
I will trust the revelation of these biblical truths and not allow the blind, ignorant world to destroy my hope.
I will also share these mysteries and pray that the eyes of my friends and family be opened to receive and understand these mysteries.

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Submission to God's plan and direction
Prayer Network - here

Remains of Herod's palace on Masada.
Ephesians chapter 4

Someone to Quote

"What obstacle is there but the Roman state, the falling away of which, by being scattered into ten kingdoms, shall introduce Antichrist upon its own ruins?"
- Tertullian, 200 AD

Something to Ponder

"We will not believe more than we know, and we will not live higher than our beliefs. The many fronts of Christian compromise in this generation can be directly traced to biblical illiteracy in the pews and the absence of biblical preaching and teaching in our homes and churches." (- Albert Mohler, "The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: It's Our Problem")

Here’s a Fact

In 2012 a seal impression, bulla, which included the name of Bethlehem was found in Jerusalem. The clay bulla is 1.5 cm that was used to seal a document with three lines of ancient Hebrew script:

בשבעת Bishv'at  [in the seventh]

בת לחם Bat Lechem [Bethlehem]
[למל]ך [Lemel]ekh 
[for the king]

It is assumed the inscription refers to the 7th year of Judah's king Hezekiah, Manasseh or Josiah. The bulla sealed a shipment to the king of Judah from Bethlehem.
This is the first ancient artifact with tangible evidence attesting to the existence of Bethlehem. (Details 1, 2. Image 1, 2)


"When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls."
- Proverbs 27:25-27

Coach’s Corner

Preach and live the Word of God, not Christian politics or Christian culture.

Proverbs 1:1-3
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Purpose and Theme
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for gaining wisdom and instruction;     for understanding words of insight;

for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,     doing what is right and just and fair;
Proverbs 2:9
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Then you will understand what is right and just     and fair—every good path.
Proverbs 8:6
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Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;     I open my lips to speak what is right.
Acts 26
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26 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.”
So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense:
“King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.
“The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.
12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied.
16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 21 That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”
24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”
25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 31 After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”
32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
Revelation 13
New International Version (NIV)
The Beast out of the Sea
13 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
Whoever has ears, let them hear.
“If anyone is to go into captivity,     into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword,     with the sword they will be killed.”
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
The Beast out of the Earth
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
2 John 1
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The elder,
To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—
because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.

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