Day 350 – December 16, 2021
Ezekiel 38; Psalm 136, 137; Proverbs 29:13–18; Revelation 7

Ezekiel 38

Gog Will Invade Israel

1 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,†

2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog and the land of Magog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

3 and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord and Master: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.

4 I shall gather you and all your army—horses and horsemen, all armed with breastplates, and a large assembly with shields, helmets, and swords—

5 along with Persians, Ethiopians, and Libyans with shields and helmets,

6 and also Gomer and all belonging to him, and the house of Togarmah from the far north and all belonging to him, and many nations with you.

7 “Be prepared; prepare yourself and all your gathering assembled with you; and you will be as an advance guard for Me.

8 He will be prepared after many days, and will come in the last years. He will come into the land turned away from the sword, when many are gathered together from the nations against the land of Israel, which was entirely a desert, and he will come forth from the nations against all who dwell in peace.

9 You shall arrive like rain, like a cloud to cover the land, you and all your army and the many nations with you.”

10 ‘Thus says the Lord and Master: “In that day it shall also come to pass that words will arise in your heart, and you will think evil thoughts.

11 For you will say, ‘I will go up to the rejected land. I will come against those who live in peace and quiet, and who dwell in a land that has no wall, and neither bars nor gates,

12 to plunder them and take spoils.’ I will turn your hand against a nation gathered from many nations, which acquired possessions and inhabitants in the midst of the land.

13 Sheba, Dedan, and Carthaginian merchants and all their villages shall say to you, ‘You come for plunder, to capture a prey and take spoils. You gather your assembly to take silver and gold, and to carry off possessions and take spoils.’ ” ’

14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Will you not arise in that day, the day My people Israel dwell in peace?

15 Yes, you will come from your place out of the far north, you and the many nations with you, all riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army.

16 You will come upon My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come to pass in the last days that I will bring you against My land, that all the nations may know Me when I am sanctified in you before them.”

17 Thus says the Lord and Master to Gog, “You are he of whom I spoke in former days by the hand of My servants the prophets of Israel, in those days and years, that I would bring you up against them.

Gog Is Judged

18 “Thus it shall come to pass in that day, the day Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord and Master,

19 “that My anger and jealousy shall arise in the fire of My wrath. I have spoken, ‘Certainly in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.

20 Even the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the wild animals of the plain, all the reptiles that creep on the ground, and all the people on the face of the land will shake because of the Lord’s presence. Also, the mountains will break apart, the valleys will be done away with, and every wall will fall to the ground.’

21 I will also summon every fear against Gog,” says the Lord, “for the sword of every man shall be against his brother.

22 I will judge him with death and bloodshed, and I will send a flooding rain and hailstones, and fire and brimstone against him and everyone with him, and also against the many nations with him.

23 For I shall be magnified, sanctified, and glorified, and known in the sight of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.’ ”

Psalms 136

1 By David. †By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat and wept When we remembered Zion. 

2 Upon the willows in her midst, We hung up our musical instruments; 

3 For there our captors asked us for words from our songs, And those who carried us off said to us, “Sing us the songs of Zion.” 

4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song In a foreign land? 

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand be forgotten; 

6 May my tongue be glued to my throat If I do not remember you, If I do not prefer Jerusalem In the beginning of my merriment. 

7 O Lord, remember the sons of Edom On that day in Jerusalem, When they were saying, “Empty it out, Empty it out, Even to its foundation!” 

8 O wretched daughter of Babylon, Blessed is he who shall deal with you As you dealt with us; 

9 Blessed is he who shall get the upper hand And dash your infants against the rock.

Psalms 137

1 By David. †I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with all my heart, For You hear the words of my mouth; And I shall sing to You in the presence of angels. 

2 I shall bow down and worship toward Your holy temple, And I will give thanks to Your name For Your mercy and Your truth; For You magnified Your teaching above every name. 

3 On the day I shall call out to You, hear me speedily; You shall treat my soul with great care in Your power. 

4 O Lord, let all the kings of the earth give thanks to You, For they heard all the words of Your mouth; 

5 And let them sing in the ways of the Lord, For the glory of the Lord is great; 

6 For the Lord is high, and He watches over the lowly things; But the high things He knows from afar. 

7 If I walk in the midst of affliction, You shall make me live; You stretched out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand saved me. 

8 The Lord shall repay them on my behalf. O Lord, Your mercy endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Proverbs of Solomon 29

13 When a creditor and a debtor meet with one another, The Lord watches both of them. 

14 When a king judges the poor truly, His throne shall be established as a testimony. 

15 Blows and reproofs give wisdom, But a child who goes astray shames his parents. 

16 When the ungodly are many, there are many sins, But when they fall, the righteous are fearful. 

17 Instruct your son, and he shall give you rest, And he will delight your soul. 

18 There shall be no interpreter of the law for a lawless nation, But he who guards the law is very blessed.

Revelation 7

Angels Visit Earth

1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.†

2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,

3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” †

4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:†

Sealing God’s Servants

5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed; 

6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed; 

7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; 

8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed. 

Final Ingathering and Worship

9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,†

10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

12 saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”

14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 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 dwell among them.†

16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;

17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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