Revelation 18

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Devotional

Merry Christmas!

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

– Isaiah 9:6-7

The Book of Revelation reminds us that His government and peace will be everlasting. Just as Isaiah prophesied 2,800 years ago.

Today’s goal

Enjoy the celebration of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 17

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Devotional

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

– Revelation 17:14

In the end, Jesus wins. He will overcome all rivals and opponents, because He is the Lord of lords and King of kings. He is supreme and supremely powerful over all foes. Amidst all the misery of this fallen world, it is important to remember and hold tightly to the fact that in the end He wins.

Today’s goal

Seek to maintain an optimistic vision of the future, based upon the fact that Jesus has been and will continue to be victorious. In Him we are more than conquerors.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 16

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Devotional

For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
And You have given them blood to drink.
For it is their just due.”

– Revelation 16:6

I think it is important to remember that God’s wrath is justly deserved by those upon which it will come. Romans 1 says that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” His judgment is not arbitrary. He is just and will judge iniquity, transgression and sin.

Today’s goal

Rejoice in that God’s justice will always be justly meted out.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 15

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Devotional

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

– Revelation 15:1

 

I am thankful that the wrath of God will not continue for ages and ages. Revelation 15:1 pictures an end; a light at the end of the tunnel. Because of God’s mercy and grace, we read in Psalm 103…

He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.

– Psalm 103:9

I’m convinced that God’s mercy will ultimately triumph, and He will cease from the outpouring of His wrath.

Today’s goal

Remember mercy in your dealings with others today.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 14

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Devotional

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.

– Revelation 14:14

There is coming a day when we will see the Son of Man, coming again upon the clouds. For the last 2,000 years, in every generation of the church, there have been those that eagerly anticipated that His coming would be in there lifetime. But to this point, the Lord has seen fit to wait. That being the case, there must be more work to be done, until He is ready to come again. The vision of Revelation 14 will one day come and though the Lord continues to delay for another 100 or 1,000 years, or more, we need to maintain our pattern of waiting, watching and working.

Today’s goal

Be a watchful waiter, working for the Lord until He returns.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 13

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Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

– Revelation 13:6

Want to know a sure way to arose the anger of Almighty God? Speak blaspheme against His mighty name.

In the 7th & 8th centuries BC, the Assyrians arose as the powerful military force of the day, until their King (Sennacherib) blasphemed God. There,  on the mountains of Jerusalem, in response to Sennacherib’s blasphemy, God’s mighty power destroyed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night.

Today’s goal

Remember, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 12

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Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

– Revelation 12:10-11

Many of us believe that the words of Revelation 12 have not yet come to pass. That means that the accuser of the brethren (the Devil) still has access to God, before whom he accuses us day and night. How do we overcome such constant testimony against us? “By the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”

Face it; the word spoken against us by the accuser of the brethren is pretty much all true. We are wicked through and through. We have no standing in and of ourselves. But we have been justified, because Jesus died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). That’s our testimony, and in the court of Heaven, that’s sufficient evidence to acquit.

Today’s goal

Stand firm in the liberty by which Christ has made you free. (Galatians 5:1)

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 11

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Recounting the vision of the two witnesses of Revelation, John writes…

And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

– Revelation 11:8

It is heavy to contemplate how the (once) Holy City of Jerusalem could become Sodom and Egypt, Spiritually. During the Time of Isaiah, 2,800 years ago, it was no different. Because of injustice and sin, the faithful city had become wayward.

How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.

– Isaiah 1:21

It’s a striking reminder to me that I cannot live on the right behavior (i.e. righteousness) of the past, expecting that to be my enduring legacy.

Today’s goal

Praise God for His forgiving grace that teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly, today. (Titus 2:12)

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 10

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Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

— Revelation 10:10

There is a bitter/sweet nature to the Revelation of God. Sweet in the sense that God’s glory will be revealed in fullness. Bitter in the sense that with it will come indignation and wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. Sweet in the sense that all injustices will be justly dealt with. Bitter in the sense that many will refuse to repent of their unrighteousness and be judged.

In seeing the injustice and wickedness of our fallen world, it is only right that we say “Come quickly Lord Jesus.” But uttering those words is also sobering, as His coming will bring with it an unescapable judgment upon many in the world.

Today’s goal

Pray not only for the return of the Lord, but also for the opportunity to extend the grace of the gospel to those who remain lost, and an openness of heart for them to receive the good news of forgiveness and salvation.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 9

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One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

— Revelation 9:12

The apocalyptic judgments of Revelation are shocking, and they’re meant to be. They are intended by God to shock readers out of complacent apathy. I wonder if sometimes we’re to busy trying to decipher the cryptic metaphors of apocalyptic passages such as these that we miss the ultimate point. What’s the point?

But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

— Revelation 9:20-21

God’s ultimate point in the plagues and woes of Revelation 9 is the repentance of lost men and women.

Today’s goal

Don’t miss the forest for the tress of Revelation.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson