Day 357 – December 23, 2021

Ezekiel 45; Psalm 143; Proverbs 30:22–25; Revelation 14

Ezekiel 45

A Holy Section of Land

1 “When you divide the land by lot into inheritance, you shall set apart the firstfruit for the Lord, a holy section of the land. Its length shall be twenty-five thousand cubits and its width twenty thousand. It shall be holy throughout its territory all around.†

2 Of this there shall be a square plot for the sanctuary, five hundred by five hundred rods, with fifty cubits around it for an open space.

3 From this measurement, you shall measure twenty-five thousand cubits long and ten thousand wide; in it shall be the sanctuary, the holy of holies.

4 From the land, there shall be a portion for the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary, who come near to minister to the Lord. It shall be a place for their houses and a holy place for their sanctuary.

5 An area twenty-five thousand cubits long and ten thousand wide shall belong to the Levites, the ministers of the house. They shall have it as a possession with cities to dwell in.

Property for the Prince

6 “You shall appoint as the property of the city an area five thousand cubits wide and twenty-five thousand long; in this manner the whole house of Israel shall have the firstfruit of the holy things.

7 The prince shall have a portion from this, and from this there shall be a portion for the firstfruits of the sanctuary and for the possession of the city, in front of the firstfruits of the sanctuary, extending westward on the west side and eastward on the east side. The length shall be equal to one of the parts of the western borders, and the length shall be to the eastern borders of the land.

8 The land shall be his possession in Israel, and the princes of Israel shall not oppress My people anymore; but the house of Israel will inherit the land according to their tribes.”

9 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Enough, O princes of Israel. Remove wrongdoing and trouble, and execute judgment and righteousness, and take away oppression from My people,” says the Lord God.

10 “You shall have an honest scale, an honest unit, and an honest dry measure.

11 The unit and the dry measure shall be uniform for receiving goods, so the dry measure may contain one-tenth of a homer, and the unit one-tenth of a homer. The standard shall be according to the homer, equal in size.

12 The standard weight shall be twenty obols. Five shekels shall indeed be five, ten shekels shall be ten, and fifty shekels shall be for you one mina.

13 “This is the firstfruit you shall offer: you shall give one-sixth of a unit from a homer of wheat, and one-sixth of an ephah from a kor of barley.

14 The ordinance concerning oil, the liquid measure of oil, is one-tenth of such a measure. There are ten measures in a homer.

15 One sheep shall be given from a flock of ten, from all the rich pastures of Israel, for sacrifices and whole burnt offerings, and for peace offerings to make atonement for you,” says the Lord God.

16 “All the people shall give this firstfruit to the prince of Israel.

17 Then it shall be the prince’s part to offer whole burnt offerings, sacrifices, and drink offerings at the feasts, the new moons, the Sabbaths, and at all the appointed festivals of the house of Israel. He shall offer the sin offerings, the sacrifice, the whole burnt offerings, and the peace offerings to make atonement for the house of Israel.”

Observing the Feasts

18 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “In the first month, on the first day of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish and make atonement for the sanctuary.

19 The priest shall take some of the blood of the atonement and put it on the doorposts of the house, on the four corners of the temple, on the altar, and on the gateposts of the gate of the inner court.

20 Thus you shall do this in the seventh month, on the first of the month. You shall take a rate from each one and make atonement for the house.

21 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall observe the Paschal Feast; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.

22 And on that day the leader shall prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering.

23 During the seven days of the feast he shall make whole burnt offerings to the Lord, seven bulls and seven rams without blemish, daily for seven days, and a kid of the goats daily for a sin offering.

24 He shall also prepare a cake for each bull and a cake for each ram, using a hin of oil for each cake.

25 In the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month, in the feast, he shall do likewise for seven days, according to the sin offerings, the whole burnt offerings, the grain offering, and the oil.”

Psalms 143

1 By David; against Goliath. †Blessed is the Lord my God, Who trains my hands for battle, My fingers for war; 

2 He is my mercy and my refuge, My helper and my deliverer, My protector in whom I hope, Who subjects my people under me. 

3 O Lord, what is man, that You are made known to him, Or the son of man, that You consider him? 

4 Man is become like vanity, His days like a passing shadow. 

5 O Lord, bow down Your heavens and descend; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke; 

6 Flash lightning, and You shall scatter them; Shoot Your arrows, and You shall trouble them. 

7 Send forth Your hand from on high; Deliver me and save me from great waters, From the hand of the sons of foreigners, 

8 Whose mouth speaks empty things, And their right hand is the right hand of wrongdoing. 

9 O God, I shall sing a new song to You; I shall play to You on a harp of ten strings, 

10 To Him who gives salvation to kings, Who redeems David His servant from the evil sword. 

11 Deliver me and save me from the hand of the sons of foreigners, Whose mouth speaks empty things, And their right hand is a right hand of wrongdoing, 

12 Whose sons are like new plants Matured in their youth, Their daughters beautified, Adorned like a temple; 

13 Their storehouses are full, Bursting forth with abundance on all sides; Their sheep give many births, Multiplying in their streets; 

14 Their oxen are fat; There is no gap in their fence or passage, Nor outcry in their streets. 

15 They call the people blessed, whose lot this is; But rather, blessed is the people Whose God is the Lord.

Proverbs of Solomon 30

22 Such is the way of an adulterous woman, Who, when she commits adultery, washes herself and says she did nothing wrong. 

23 The earth is shaken by three things, And is unable to bear a fourth: 

24 If a servant reigns, Or a man without discernment is satiated with food, 

25 Or if a maidservant casts out her own mistress, Or a hateful woman marries a good man.

Revelation 14

The Lamb and the 144,000

1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.†

2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.†

3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.

4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.†

5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Proclamation of Angels

6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—†

7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”†

9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,†

10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

Harvest of Blessing: The Martyrs

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.†

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

Harvest of Wrath: The Grapes

14 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.†

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.”†

19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.†

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