Day 354 – December 20, 2021

Ezekiel 42; Psalm 140; Proverbs 30:6–10; Revelation 11

Ezekiel 42

The Outer Court

1 Then he brought me out into the outer court, to the east, in front of the gate which faces north; and he brought me, and behold, there were five halls adjoining the open space and five halls adjoining the boundary facing north,†

2 up to a hundred cubits long toward the north, and the width was fifty cubits,

3 laid out in a pattern the same way as the gates leading into the inner court and the pillars of the outer court, and broken up into galleries of three stories in height.

4 In front of the halls there was a walk ten cubits wide and up to a hundred cubits in length. Their doorways faced north.

5 Now the upper walkways were just the same, because the pillars projected out from them, namely, the pillar which was below; thus was the pillar and the layout for the porches.

6 For they were in three stories and did not have pillars like the pillars of the outer courts; therefore, the upper level was projected out more than the lower and middle levels from the ground up.

7 There was light from without, as in the halls of the outer court which were facing the halls toward the north; they were fifty cubits in length.

8 Because the length of the halls which face the outer court was fifty cubits, and these were standing over against them, thus the whole was one hundred cubits.

9 Now there were doors of these halls at the entrance way for an outlet to the east, so one might enter through them from the outer court,†

10 by the light which strikes at the head of the entrance. 

Halls for the Priest

Along to the south, along the open space and the boundary, there were halls,

11 and there was a walk in front of them also, according to the measurement of the halls facing north. They were as long and as wide as the others, and so were all their exits and entrances and all their lights and doorways.

12 So were the measures of the entrances toward the south, according to the doorways at the head of the walkway, as it were, the distance of a reed for light, and eastward as one went in by them.

13 Then he said to me, “The halls toward the north and the halls toward the south, according to the pattern of the layout, are the halls of the holy place, where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will place the most holy offerings, the sacrifices—the sin offering and the trespass offering—for the place is holy.†

14 They shall not enter there, except for the priests. They shall not go out of there into the outer court, so those who draw near may be holy continually, and that nothing might touch their vestments in which they serve, because it is the holy place. They shall put on other garments when they touch the people.”

The Temple Exterior

15 Now the measurement of the whole house was completed within. Then he led me along the way of the gate which faces east, and measured the whole pattern of the house all around in its plan.†

16 He stood behind the gate which faces east and measured five hundred measuring stick units of measurement.

17 Then he turned to the north side and measured five hundred measuring stick units of measurement.

18 Then he turned toward the west and measured five hundred measuring stick units of measurement.

19 Then he turned toward the south and measured five hundred measuring stick units of measurement.

20 The four directions were the same measurement, and he planned it out, and the enclosing wall all around was five hundred units to the east and five hundred units in width for setting out the boundary wall between the holy precinct and the remaining layout of the house.

Psalms 140

1 A psalm by David. †O Lord, I have cried to You; hear me; Give heed to the voice of my supplication when I cry to You. 

2 Let my prayer be set forth before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 

3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, A door of enclosure about my lips. 

4 Incline not my heart to evil words, To make excuses in sins With men who work lawlessness; And I will not join with their choice ones. 

5 The righteous man shall correct me With mercy, and he shall reprove me; But let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head, For my prayer shall be intense in the presence of their pleasures. 

6 Their judges are swallowed up by the rock; They shall hear my words, for they are pleasant. 

7 As a clod of ground is dashed to pieces on the earth, So our bones were scattered beside the grave. 

8 For my eyes, O Lord, O Lord, are toward You; In You I hope; take not my soul away. 

9 Keep me from the snares they set for me, And from the stumbling blocks of those who work lawlessness. 

10 Sinners shall fall into their own net; I am alone, until I escape.

Proverbs of Solomon 30

6 Do not add to His words, That He might not reprove you, and you become a liar. 

7 Two things I ask from You: Do not take away grace from me before I die;† 

8 Make a vain word and a lie be far from me; But give me neither riches nor poverty, And appoint what is necessary and sufficient for me; 

9 Lest being full, I become a liar and say, “Who sees me?” Or being poor, I steal, and swear by the name of God. 

10 Do not deliver a servant into the hands of his master, Lest he curse you, and you be destroyed.

Revelation 11

The Two Witnesses

1 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.†

2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.Ӡ

4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.†

5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.†

6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.†

8 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.†

9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.†

10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.†

12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.

13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

Trumpet Seven: The Kingdom Proclaimed

15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”†

16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,†

17 saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. 

18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” 

19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

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