Day 359 – December 25, 2021

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Ezekiel 47; Psalm 144:10–21; Proverbs 30:31–35; Revelation 16:8–21

Ezekiel 47

The Stream from the Temple

1 Then he brought me back to the outer door of the house, and there was water, flowing from under the open air of the chamber toward the east; and the water was flowing from under the right side court, from the south to the altar.†

2 Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces east; and there was water coming down, running out on the right side,

3 in the direction in which a man went forth opposite. There was a measure in his hands, and he measured a thousand cubits with the measure; and he passed through the water. It was the water of remission.

4 Again he measured a thousand, and he passed through the water, and the water was up to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and the water came up to the waist.

5 Again he measured a thousand, and it could not be crossed; for it broke into a rushing torrent which man cannot pass through.

6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he led me to the bank of the river.

7 As I returned, behold, along the bank of the river there were very many trees on this side and the other.

8 Then he said to me, “This is the water that flows into Galilee, which is to the east. Then it goes down upon Arabia and reaches as far as the sea to the outlet of the water; and it will heal the waters.

9 So it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the river goes, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.

10 Fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim, and they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.

11 But in its outlets and turns and overflows, they will not be healed, for they will be given over to salt.

12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food. Their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.Ӡ

Boundaries of the Land

13 Thus says the Lord God: “These are the borders by which you shall divide the land as an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. It is a setting forth of allotments.

14 You shall inherit it equally with one another; for I raised My hand in an oath to give it to your fathers, and this land shall fall to you as your inheritance.

15 This shall be the border of the land on the north: from the Great Sea which goes down and the entrance which divides Emath Seddatha,

16 Berothah, Sebraim, Eliam (which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath), and the court of Saunan; these are above the borders of Auranitis.

17 These are the boundaries from the Sea, from the court of Enan, the borders of Damascus and those to the north.

18 On the east side you shall mark out the border from between Auran and Damascus, and between Gilead and the land of Israel, along the Jordan, which divides over along the eastern side of the sea which is to the east of Phoenicia. This is the east side.

19 The southern and southwestern coasts are from Teman and Phoenicia to the waters of Meribah by Kadesh to the Great Sea. This part is the south and southwest.

20 The west side shall be the Great Sea, from the southern boundary until one comes to a point opposite Hamath. This is the west side.

21 “Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.

22 It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the resident aliens who dwell among you, and who bear sons in the midst of you. They shall be to you as native-born among the sons of Israel, and they shall eat with you in the inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

23 It shall be that in whatever tribe the resident alien dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,” says the Lord God.

Psalms 144

10 O Lord, let all Your works praise You And Your holy ones bless You. 

11 They shall tell of Your kingdom’s glory, And they shall speak of Your power, 

12 That all the sons of men may know Your power And the glory of Your kingdom’s magnificence. 

13 Your kingdom is a kingdom of all the ages, And Your dominion is from generation to generation. The Lord is faithful in His words And holy in all His works. 

14 The Lord supports all who stumble And restores all who are broken down. 

15 All eyes hope in You, And You give them their food in due season. 

16 You open Your hand And fill every living thing with Your pleasure. 

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways And holy in all His works. 

18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. 

19 He shall do the will of those who fear Him, And He shall hear their supplications and save them. 

20 The Lord keeps all who love Him, But all the sinners He shall utterly destroy. 

21 My mouth shall speak the Lord’s praise, And let all flesh bless His holy name Forever and unto ages of ages.

Proverbs of Solomon 30

31 There are three things which walk easily, And a fourth that strides well: 

32 The cub of a lion, stronger than other animals And does not turn away, neither fears any animal; 

33 A cock, walking about boldly among the hens; A he-goat, leading a flock; And a king, speaking publicly to the people. 

34 If you abandon yourself to merriment And stretch forth your hand with contention, you will be dishonored. 

35 Churn milk, and it will become butter; And if you squeeze someone’s nose, blood will come out; And if you draw out words, condemnations and contentions will emerge.

Revelation 16

Bowl Four: Men Are Scorched

8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.†

9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

Bowl Five: Darkness and Pain

10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.†

11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Bowl Six: Euphrates Dries Up

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.†

13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.†

14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.†

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”†

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.†

Bowl Seven: Earth Utterly Shaken

17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”†

18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.

19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.

20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.

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