Today we read the first chapter of first 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 Apostle John tells us how.
Proverbs 25, 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.”
In between second Peter and first John we read one chapter of Daniel.
November 25: Daniel 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Daniel 11 is the Great Prophecy. It contains both many prophecies already fulfilled, but also many yet to be fulfilled. Read it all, including the comments, carefully!
In between second Peter and first 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 sees a vision of a man. It is described in colorful images, much like Jesus Christ is pictured in the book of Revelation. He becomes completely exhausted, falling asleep and has a dream. In this dream the angel Michael speaks to him and tells about his own struggle and about future events.
In between second Peter and first 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 Daniel’s vision of a ram and a goat, with the two-horned ram representing Media and Persia, and the goat representing Greece.
In between second Peter and first John we read just one chapter of Daniel.
November 22: Daniel 7 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Daniel 7. Daniel has a dream of four great beasts, a lion, a bear, a leopard and something dreadful and terrible, symbolizing four kings yet to come. Historically, the fourth beast has been said to be the Roman Empire, but I have taken the liberty to forward the hypothesis that if speaks of the rise of Islam. See if you agree.
Today we read the last chapter of second Peter and the sixth chapter of Daniel.
November 21: 2 Peter 3, Daniel 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Peter 3. We live in the last days. God’s promise is not slack. There is coming a Day of the Lord, so be steadfast.
Daniel 6. Time has passed. Daniel is by now about 80 years old. He is still praying as he always did, and for that he is thrown into the lions’ den. God sent his angel to protect Daniel, so he was rescued unharmed, but for his accusers, thrown into the same den after Daniel came out, in turned out the lions were really hungry.
Today we read the second chapter of second Peter and the fifth chapter of Daniel.
November 20: 2 Peter 2, Daniel 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Peter 2. Even in the first century there arose destructive doctrines from a multitude of false teachers. They are all doomed because of their depravity and attempt to deceive.
Daniel 5. This is the famous chapter with the handwriting on the wall: “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin“
Today we read the first chapter of second Peter and the fourth chapter of Daniel.
November 19: 2 Peter 1, Daniel 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Peter 1 is greeting the faithful, urging them to be fruitful in the faith as they apply the eight godly virtues. Peter reminds them of his approaching death and reminds them of the trustworthiness of the prophetic word.
Daniel 4 contains Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a tree, his fall and restoration.
In between first and second Peter we read two Psalms and the third chapter of Daniel.
November 18: Psalm 145, Psalm 146, Daniel 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 145, a Psalm of Praise, of David. In an acrostic fashion David praises God for his fame, glory and for His goodness; for his kingdom and His providence, and most of all for his saving mercy.
Psalm 146 begins the five final songs in the Book of Psalms, known as the Hallelujah Psalms. This one gives praise to the Lord for creation, for what He is doing and will do forever.
Daniel 3 tells about the image of gold that all had to worship, and the fiery furnace prepared for the three Hebrews that refused. From Sunday School we all know how that went.
In between first and second Peter we read one chapter of Proverbs and the second chapter of Daniel.
November 17: Proverbs 23, Daniel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 23, Sayings of the Wise. Do not be a glutton, do not desire riches, do not be a moocher, do not argue with a fool, do not change ancient landmarks, do not withhold correction from a child, do not envy sinners because they are having fun, do not drink wine to excess, do not despise your mother when she is old, honor your father and mother, keep away from harlots, stay sober and do not succumb to alcohol.
Daniel 2 contains Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and only Daniel could interpret it. Of particular interest is “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.“