Category: Daily Bible Reading

Triumph of Christ and His Church

“As John nears the end of his vision, he sees the wedding of Jesus, the Lamb, and his bride, the church.  There is joy and honor bin being invited as a guest to the wedding supper.  yet even in this blissful scene looms the grim reminder of the destruction which awaits those who have been unrighteous.  As the father of all unrighteousness, Satan is finally and totally destroyed.  It is therefore clear that Christ and his saints will ultimately triumph over both Satan and his evil power.  That knowledge should be more than sufficient to comfort and encourage every believer in his ho9pe for the future.”

Read:  Revelation 19:6-21, 20, 21:1-8

Glory and Grandeur of Heaven

“God gives John a vision of what heaven will be like.  It is pictured as a Holy City, having a river flowing through it with a tree of live on either side.  The cares and sorrows of this life will not be known in heaven, and great joy will abound.  This vision of a new heaven and a new earth provides an exciting conclusion to a book whose opening lines told of the majesty of God’s first creation.”

Read:  Revelation 21:9-27 & 22

“So ends the revelation to John and the last of Holy Scripture.  In the teachings of Jesus there is abundant life; in the example of his divine Person there is love; and in the power of his resurrection there is hope.”

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Hope of the Faithful

“Throughout their epistles, Paul and the other inspired writers had continually reminded their readers of the glorious hope for those who would remain steadfast in their faith despite whatever pressures might tempt them to abandon it.  The messages now brought by three angels are strikingly similar in their appeal.”

Read:  Revelation 14:1-13

Judgment Against Unrighteous

“At this point John envisions God’s ultimate judgment on mankind.  The scene he describes is a harvest of the earth, upon which God’s wrath is imposed.  With the pouring out of seven terrifying bowls comes a sense of finality  God’s righteousness and holiness are manifested through a cleansing of sin from the world.”

Read:  Revelation 14:14-20, 15, 16

Special Judgment upon Babylon

“In the images of a drunken prostitute and an incredible scarlet beast, John sees the vision of what appears to be a special judgment of God.  Whatever might be the true identification of this ‘Babylon,’ its destruction is accompanied by terrible lament.”

Read:  Revelation 17, 18 & 19:1-5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Wrath of God Against Evil

“Striking similarity exists between the trumpets which are about to be blown and the ten plagues brought against Egypt.  Hail and fire, water turned to blood, periods of darkness, and the appearance of locusts all seem to complete the parallel.  The sixth trumpet will bring death among mankind, just as in the Passover, when death came to the firstborn of each Egyptian family.”

Read:  Revelation 8:7-13, 9, 10, 11:1-14

Righteousness of God Seen in Coming of Christ

“With the blowing of the seventh trumpet comes the announcement of the kingdom of God through Christ.  This was the good news of the Gospel writers — that Jesus, the Word who had become flesh, had come into the world to establish his kingdom.  The signs of his coming are seen by John as being the opening of the temple, accompanied by earthquakes and various celestial disturbances.”

Read:  Revelation 11:25-19

Opposition to Christ’s Church

“John now sees God’s people as a star-crowned woman whose son, Christ, rules all nations.  Rising in opposition to the woman is Satan himself, who wages war against God’s people in two ways, Satan is first seen as a dragon, which seems to represent political oppression, and then as a beast coming out of the sea to make war against God’s people, which may represent religious persecution.”

Read:  Revelation 12 & 13

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Majesty and Centrality of God

“The vision which John is about to receive begins with praise for God as the Creator of the universe.  Through the songs of various creatures, God’s great majesty is declared to be worthy of glory, honor, and power.  Significantly, sharing in that honor is he who is called ‘Lion of the tribe of Judah’ and also ‘the Lamb.’  Both descriptions are obvious references to Jesus the Christ.”

Read:  Revelation 4 & 5

Destructiveness of Sin

“With the opening now of the seven seals, John sees four symbolic horses, the souls of Christian martyrs, and preparation for the blowing of seven trumpets.  In all of this is a reminder that, despite the power of sin, there is always a remnant of God’s people who remain faithful, even in the face of martyrdom.”

Read:  Revelation 6, 7 & 8:1-6

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Revelation to John

“One of the most unique and intriguing writings of all Scripture comes as a fitting conclusion to God’s revelation to man.  It is a writing reminiscent of the recorded visions of Ezekiel and Daniel.  Its true Author by revelation is Jesus Christ, and the apostle John simply acts as scribe.  On a particular Lord’s day, as John relates the experience, he receives through an angel a revelation from the Spirit of God in which he is directed to write what he sees and to send it to seven churches in Asia.

What John sees and records sis a prophecy, both strange and moving, in which Christ as sovereign Lord engages in battle with the forces of evil and is clearly the Victor.  The account is couched in figurative language, supernatural imagery, and verbal and numerical symbolism that is not easy to fully comprehend.  Yet it stirs an excitement about the future for all Christians and gives hope that present sufferings will be lost in a victory so wonderful that the mind of man can only begin to grasp it.”

Read:  Revelation 1, 2 & 3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

First Letter by John

“The first of John’s letters is not addressed to any one church or individual in particular.  It is probably intended for widespread circulation.  As if he were their father, John writes to hi ‘little children’ about the need to continue walking in the light of God’s righteousness.  He warns his readers about the antichrists — those who teach that Jesus was not God in the flesh.  Concerned with their daily walk, as well as their belief in Jesus’ deity, John exhorts them to lead lives befitting children of God.  He points out that true believers can be distinguished from unbelievers by their mutual love, godly lives, and obedience to God’s commands.  John concludes his letter by noting the assurance and security which God’s children have in Jesus Christ.”

Read:  1 John 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Second Letter by John

“Calling himself simply ‘the elder,’ John addresses his second letter somewhat mysteriously to ‘the chosen lady and her children.’  Whether that means a particular woman and her family or refers symbolically to a given church is not wholly clear, but it is probably the former, since no other symbolic language appears in the letter.  In content this letter is a brief summary of John’s more general letter, together with a personal note at the end.”

Read:  2 John

Third Letter by John

“In this third short letter, John commends Gaius for his hospitality and for having been supportive of itinerant evangelists.  He also notes his displeasure toward a man by the name of Diotrephes, who had been antagonistic both to these traveling evangelists and to John’s own teaching, and in contrast to Diotrephes, a brother named Demetrius is highly commended.  Although brief in content, the letter is a good example of Christian relationships and individual concern.”

Read:  3 John

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“Finally, the writer of Hebrews lists a group of faithful people of God as examples of steadfastness and endurance.  He exhorts his readers to imitate the faithful lives of these men and women.”

Read:  Hebrews 10:19-39, 11, 12 & 13

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“Midway through his letter the writer makes a particularly profound argument based upon the character of a high priest named Melchizedek, to whom Abraham had given an offering.  Anticipating that some of his readers might miss the point of his argument concerning Christ’s superiority, the writer pauses parenthetically to tell his readers that they need to be more mature in their spiritual understanding.”

Read:  Hebrews 6:13-20, 7, 8, 9 & 10:1-18

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Letter to the Hebrews

“It is not clear who the writer of Hebrews might have been.  Whoever it was, the letter reveals that the author is personally acquainted with those to whom he is writing and is familiar with the persecution which they are enduring.

Obviously having that suffering in mind, and with an awareness that many of the Jewish Christians are being urged to return to Judaism, the writer sets forth a tremendous defense of the Christian faith, drawing forcefully from a Jewish context in urging continued faith in Jesus as the Christ.  Moving logically and systematically from one argument to another, the writer shows the superiority of Christ over all that is held to be important to the Jewish religion — prophets, angels, Moses, Joshua, the Levitical priesthood, the covenant, and the sacrifices.”

Read:  Hebrews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6:1-12

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Second Letter by Peter

“Peter’s second letter is similar in content both to Jude’s letter, which warned against false teachers, and to Paul’s discussion of the second coming in his two letters to the Thessalonians.

Peter begins his letter by stressing the importance of true spiritual knowledge.  he warns his readers to beware of those who might pervert the gospel of Christ by teaching a counterfeit doctrine.  Peter concludes by clarifying once again that, although Christ has not reappeared as quickly as some have expected, both his coming and the judgment of man are as certain as God’s Word itself.  The strong implication is that some of his readers ought to be thankful that the Lord has not yet come again, because if he had, they would not have been ready!”

Read:  2 Peter 1, 2 & 3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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