Day 351 – December 17, 2021
Ezekiel 39; Psalm 138:1–12; Proverbs 29:19–23; Revelation 8

Ezekiel 39

The Defeat of Gog

1 “As for you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.

2 I will gather and guide you, and raise you up from the far north, and bring you upon the mountains of Israel.

3 Then I will destroy the bow in your left hand and the arrows in your right hand; and I will cast you down upon the mountains of Israel.

4 For you and all with you shall fall, and I shall give the nations with you to the multitude of birds, to every fowl. But I will give you to all the wild animals of the field to be devoured,

5 for you will fall on the face of the open plain, because I have spoken,” says the Lord.

6 “I will also send fire upon Gog, and the coastal peoples shall dwell in peace. Then they will know that I am the Lord,

7 and My holy name will be known in the midst of My people Israel; and My holy name will no longer be desecrated. The nations will also know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

8 Behold, it is coming, and you will know it shall be,” says the Lord and Master. “This is the day of which I have spoken.

9 Those who dwell in the cities of Israel will also go out and make a fire with the weapons: the shields and spears, the bows and arrows, and the javelins and lances; and they shall keep the fire burning for seven years.

10 So they will not take any wood from the field, nor cut down any of the forests; rather, they will burn the weapons, and plunder those who plundered them, and despoil those who took spoils from them,” says the Lord.

A Burial for Gog

11 “In that day it shall come to pass that I will give Gog a place of renown, a monument in Israel, a common burial place of those who come to the sea. There they shall bury Gog and all his multitude round about the edge of the valley, and it will be called the Burial Place of Gog.

12 The house of Israel shall bury them, that the land may be cleansed in the space of seven months.

13 Yes, all the people of the land will bury them, and it shall be a place of renown for them in the day I was magnified,” says the Lord.

14 “So they will appoint men continually to pass through the land to bury those bodies yet on the ground, to cleanse it by the end of seven months; and they will seek them out.

15 Everyone who passes through the land and sees a man’s bone will also set a marker by it, until the grave diggers shall bury it in the Burial Place of Gog.

16 Indeed, the name of the city shall be Burial Place. Thus the land will be cleansed.’ ”

An Assembly of Triumph

17 “As for you, son of man, say, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Speak to every sort of bird and every wild animal of the field: ‘Assemble yourselves and come; gather together from all sides to My sacrifice which I offered up for you, a great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, and you will eat meat and drink blood.

18 You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the rulers of the earth: the rams, the young bulls, and the male goats; for they are all fatted animals.

19 You will eat fat until you are full, and drink wine until you are drunken from My sacrifice which I slaughtered for you.

20 You will be filled at My table, eating horse and rider, and the mighty man, and every warrior,’ says the Lord.

21 “I will set My glory in your midst, and all the nations will see My judgment which I executed, and My hand which I laid on them.

22 Then the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God from this day forward.

23 All the nations will also know that the house of Israel was led into captivity on account of their sins, because they rejected Me. So I turned My face away from them and delivered them into the hands of their enemies; and they all fell by the sword.

24 According to their uncleanness and according to their lawless actions I dealt with them, and turned My face away from them.”

25 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord and Master: “Now I will turn back the captivity of Jacob and have mercy on the house of Israel; and I will be jealous for the sake of My holy name.

26 They shall bear their dishonor and the wrongdoing they committed when they dwelt upon the land in peace; and there shall be no one to frighten them.

27 Thus when I bring them back from the nations and gather them from the countries of the nations, I will be sanctified among them in the sight of the nations.

28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, when I reveal Myself to them among the nations.

29 But I will not turn away My face from them anymore, because I poured out My anger on the house of Israel,” says the Lord and Master.’ ”

Psalms 138

1 For the End; a psalm by David. ††O Lord, You test me and know me; 

2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts from afar; 

3 You search out my path and my portion, And You foresee all my ways. 

4 For there is not a word on my tongue, 

5 But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether, The last things and the first things; You fashioned me, and placed Your hands on me. 

6 Your knowledge has become too wondrous for me; It has become too overwhelming; I am unable to grasp it. 

7 Where could I go from Your Spirit, Or flee from Your face? 

8 If I should ascend into heaven, You would be there; If I should descend into Hades, You would be there; 

9 If I should take up my wings at dawn And pitch camp at the furthest part of the sea, 

10 Even there Your hand would lead me, And Your right hand would hold me. 

11 And I said, “Perhaps darkness shall cover me,” But the night shall be light to my delight; 

12 For darkness shall not be dark because of You, And the night shall be bright as day; As its darkness, so also shall be its light.

Proverbs of Solomon 29

19 A stubborn servant will not be instructed by words, For even if he understands them, he will not obey.† 

20 If you see a man hasty in words, Know a man without discernment has more hope than he. 

21 He who lives luxuriously from childhood shall be a servant, And in the end, he shall cause himself pain. 

22 An angry man digs up strife, But a furious man digs up sins. 

23 Arrogance humbles a man, But the Lord supports the humble-minded with glory.†

Revelation 8

Seal Seven: Prelude to the Trumpets

1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.†

2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.†

3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.†

4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.

5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.†

6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.†

Trumpet One: Vegetation Struck

7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.†

Trumpet Two: The Seas Struck

8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.†

9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Trumpet Three: Fresh Waters Struck

10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.†

11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

Trumpet Four: The Heavens Struck

12 Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.†

13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

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