Today we read two Psalms, the second letter of the Apostle John and the last chapter of Joel.
December 2: Psalm 147, Psalm 148, 2 John, Joel 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 147 is a great Psalm of praising God for His protection and creation, for His care and power, for His provisions, wisdom and His word. It ends with praise to the LORD for His special attention to Israel.
Psalm 148: Let all creation praise the LORD!
2 John is a very short letter, greeting the elect lady with joy that she and some of her children walk in Christ’s commandments, but also warning her to beware of Antichrist deceivers.
Joel 3. In this final chapter God judges the nations, bringing war to the valley of Jehoshaphat: “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” And afterwards God will bless His people.
In between the first and the second letter of the Apostle John, we read one chapter of Proverbs and the second chapter of Joel.
December 1: Proverbs 26, Joel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 26 contains more Proverbs of Solomon where he laid out the nature of the fool and the sluggard, and the result of their attitudes and actions.
Joel 2 tells of the Day of the Lord. God gave a stern call to repentance. After that warning God gave this promise: “28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.“
Today we read the final chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John, the two last chapters of Hosea, and the first chapter of Joel.
November 30: 1 John 5, Hosea 13, Hosea 14, Joel 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
John 5. Being born of God and believing in the son of God means exercising obedience by Faith. The certainty of God’s witness is : “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” There is confidence and compassion in prayer, We must follow the true one and reject the false. And so the letter ends: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”
Hosea 13. The LORD shoed His anger and there was to be be judgment on Israel.
Hosea 14. God promised that when Israel repented it would be restored.
Joel 1. The Word of the LORD told Joel of the great locust attack, the drought and the land laid waste. Lament for the land, for the day of the LORD is near.
Today we read the fourth chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John and four chapters of Hosea.
November 29: 1 John 4, Hosea 9, Hosea 10, Hosea 11, Hosea 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 4. Test the spirits. There is the spirit of God, and then there are many spirits of the Antichrist. Remember: “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” We know God through love and we see God through love, “We love him, because he first loved us.”
Hosea 9. The prophesy said Israel will be judged because of its sin.
Hosea 10. And because of Israel’s sin it will be taken into captivity.
Hosea 11. Yet, God will show His love for Israel.
Hosea 12. God gave His charge against Ephraim.
Today we read the third chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John and three chapters of Hosea.
November 28: 1 John 3, Hosea 6, Hosea 7, Hosea 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 3. We are children of God, or as the King James bible calls it “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:” As children of God we do not sin,but it is important we love and show the outworking of love, for in it is the spirit of truth.
Hosea 6. God called Ephraim and Judah to repentance, for He required mercy; not sacrifice.
Hosea 7. God continues to bemoan the iniquity of Ephraim and Judah.
Hosea 8. Because of Israel’s apostasy this prophesy was fulfilled: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:“
Today we read the second chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John and five chapters of Hosea.
November 27: 1 John 2, Hosea 1, Hosea 2, Hosea 3, Hosea 4, Hosea 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 2. The Apostle John explained how you can test if you know Him, warned of sin and was concerned for their spiritual state. There will come a last hour’s deception, so let the truth abide in You. Remember you are children of God.
Hosea 1. God told Hosea to marry a harlot. She gave birth to three children, given negative sounding names. In spite of this God promises the restoration of Israel.
Hosea 2 tells of God’s unfaithful people, how they are punished and restored, and finally to be shown unmerited mercy.
Hosea 3. God told Hosea to reconcile with his wife, and so Israel will return to God.
Hosea 4. God gave His charge against Israel because of Israel’s Idolatry.
Hosea 5. God proclaimed judgment on Israel, Ephraim and Judah.
Today we read the first chapter of the first letter of the Apostle John, one chapter of Proverbs and the last chapter of Daniel.
November 26: 1 John 1, Proverbs 25, Daniel 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 John 1. From the Beginning, what was heard, seen and touched we proclaim, that is the Word of Life. How can we have fellowship with God and with one Another? The Word of God through the Apostle John tells us how.
Proverbs 25 is a collection of more proverbs of Solomon collected after his death during the reign of Hezekiah.
Daniel 12. This chapter deals with the end times. Many have tried to make a final timeline out of this and out of Revelation, but the book is sealed until the time of the end. As Jesus himself said: “Only the Father in heaven knows.” It makes for a very interesting and thought provoking read.
In between the second letter of the Apostle Peter and the first letter of the Apostle John we read one chapter of Daniel.
November 25: Daniel 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Daniel 11 is the Great Prophecy chapter. It contains many prophecies already fulfilled but also many yet to be fulfilled. Read it all, including the comments, carefully!
In between the second letter of the Apostle Peter and the first letter of the Apostle John we read two chapters of Daniel.
November 24: Daniel 9, Daniel 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Daniel 9 is all about Daniel’s prayer and the “seventy sevens”. Many have tried to predict the return of Jesus Christ based on this prophesy. So far, all have failed. Even Jesus said he could not predict the day of his return, only that it is imminent. God only knows, and He ain’t telling. We live in “today” and “today” is the day of salvation.
Daniel 10. Daniel saw a vision of a man. It is described in colorful images, much like the way Jesus Christ is pictured in the book of Revelation. He became completely exhausted, fell asleep and was having a dream. In this dream the angel Michael spoke to him and told Daniel about his own struggle and about future events.
In between the second letter of the Apostle Peter and the first letter of the Apostle John we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Daniel.
November 23: Proverbs 24, Daniel 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 24 completes the sayings of the wise, and begins some more sayings of the wise. The two last verses are notable: “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”
Daniel 8 tells of the prophet Daniel’s vision of a ram and a goat, with the two-horned ram representing Media and Persia, and the goat representing Greece.