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December 29 - Evening

"I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed...

...a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, 'Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.' The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died. The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood...

...The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire...

...The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
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. Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty... they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'It is done' Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake."
- Revelation 15:1; 16:1-4, 8-14,16-18; 17-18

The Bowls Poured on the Evil Kingdom

In chapters fifteen and sixteen seven angels are given seven bowls with the final seven plagues of God's wrath on the earth. There can only be a matter of weeks left before Jesus returns at this point, since these plagues would result in the extinction of man and life on earth if something did not interrupt them. These plagues are focused on the anti-christ's kingdom and include:
  • Painful skin ulcers
  • The destruction of the rest of the salt water seas leaving the earth to corrupt in its own filth
  • The loss of all fresh water or drinking water
  • The scorching of men by the sun
  • A spiritual darkness leaving men hopeless
  • A military invasion from the east which sets up the last battle centered in the middle east and Armageddon
  • The final attack on the climate, geography and atmosphere of earth which includes lightning, thunder, one-hundred-pound hailstones and an earthquake unlike anything that has occurred on earth since man was created.
Chapter seventeen is a behind-the-scenes look at the spiritual dimension of the anti-christ's kingdom and the authority of Satan that has been handed through the ages from empire to empire including Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and the kingdom of the anti-christ.
Chapter eighteen describes the fall of Babylon, the center of the world commerce in the final days.
Kathairo (Gr) - Prune (Eng) - kathairo is a Greek word that means "to cleanse" of impurity and "to prune" trees and vines. It is a word that is used by Jesus in John 15:2 to compare God the Father's work of "pruning" and "cleaning" every productive believer to the work of the laborer in the vineyard who cuts dead branches and lifts the good vines off the ground to avoid mildew and fungus.
"He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes (kathairo)so that it will be even more fruitful." - John 15:2
Do I believe that the vengeance of God is as serious and intense as the love of God? The same force seen in divine love at the cross will also appear someday in divine wrath. I cannot rejoice in reality of God's divine love having been manifest to the world without fearful expectation that is divine judgment will also be manifest to the world.

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Religious liberty
World leaders

First century pavement and columns from the road's colonnade now located in the Western Wall Tunnels on the northwest corner of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
A model of Herod's tomb with the Herodion in the background.

Someone to Quote

"We fear men so much, because we fear God so little.  One fear cures another.  When man’s terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God."
- William Gurnall

Something to Ponder

In 367 Athanasius wrote his annual Easter Letter which was widely circulated. In this letter Athanasius, the bishop of Alexandria and the defender of the deity of Jesus at the Council of Nicaea, listed twenty-seven books as the only books regarded as Scripture. These are the same books we have in our NT today. The issue of canonicity was finally settled at the Council of Carthage in 397 AD.

Here’s a Fact

A Judean temple at the site of Mozah (from Joshua 18:26) near Jerusalem has been uncovered. This temple, or high place, is dated at 980-830 BC during the reigns of Judah's kings Solomon, Rehoboam, Asa and Jehoshaphat. Each of these kings was recorded as failing to "destroy the high places" that led Judah astray.(1 Kgs 11:7;14:23; 15:14; 22:43) In addition to the high places of Arad and Dan, this is one of the few that have been uncovered so far.
(Details 1, 2, 3. Images 1, 2)


"The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify."
- Proverbs 29:24

Coach’s Corner

If disregarding the owner’s manual for an automobile or a computer nullifies the warrantee, how bad is it to disregard your Creator and his written revelation recorded in Scripture? 

Joshua 18:24-28
New International Version (NIV)
24 Kephar Ammoni, Ophni and Geba—twelve towns and their villages.
25 Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, 26 Mizpah, Kephirah, Mozah, 27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28 Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah and Kiriath—fourteen towns and their villages.
This was the inheritance of Benjamin for its clans.
1 Kings 11:7
New International Version (NIV)
On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.
1 Kings 14:23
New International Version (NIV)
23 They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.
1 Kings 15:14
New International Version (NIV)
14 Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.
1 Kings 22:43
New International Version (NIV)
43 In everything he followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. The high places, however, were not removed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
Revelation 18
New International Version (NIV)
Lament Over Fallen Babylon
18 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:
“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’     She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit,     a haunt for every unclean bird,     a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.

For all the nations have drunk     the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,     and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
Warning to Escape Babylon’s Judgment
Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
“‘Come out of her, my people,’     so that you will not share in her sins,     so that you will not receive any of her plagues;

for her sins are piled up to heaven,     and God has remembered her crimes.

Give back to her as she has given;     pay her back double for what she has done.     Pour her a double portion from her own cup.

Give her as much torment and grief     as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts,     ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow;     I will never mourn.’

Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:     death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire,     for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall
“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,     you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!’
11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.
14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out:
“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,     dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,     and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’
“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:
“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,     where all who had ships on the sea     became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’
“Rejoice over her, you heavens!     Rejoice, you people of God!     Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her     with the judgment she imposed on you.”
The Finality of Babylon’s Doom
21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:
“With such violence     the great city of Babylon will be thrown down,     never to be found again.
The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,     will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade     will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone     will never be heard in you again.
The light of a lamp     will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride     will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people.     By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,     of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”
Revelation 9-11
New International Version (NIV)
The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).
12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.
13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.
17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
The Angel and the Little Scroll
10 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. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, 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.”
Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’” 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
The Two Witnesses
11 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.
The Seventh Trumpet
15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
“The kingdom of the world has become     the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,     and he will reign for ever and ever.”
16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,     the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power     and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry,     and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead,     and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name,     both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

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