Today we read one chapter of Revelation and the last chapter of Haggai.
December 18: Revelation 9, Haggai 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Revelation 9.By now we are deep into the last half of the tribulation, the fifth trumpet sounded and the locusts from the bottomless pit are released. Then the sixth trumpet sounded, featuring the angels from the Euphrates doing horrendous deeds. An army of two hundred million mounted troops were released to kill a third of mankind. At the time of John the total world population was about 300 million!
Haggai 2 describes the coming glory of God’s house, but the people are defiled. Nevertheless God promises a future blessing with Zerubbabel chosen like God’s signet ring.
Today we read one chapter of Revelation, the last chapter of Zephaniah and the first chapter of Haggai.
December 17: Revelation 8, Zephaniah 3, Haggai 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Revelation 8 describes the precursors to the great tribulation with the opening of the seventh seal and the sounding of the trumpets. It begins with an earthquake. First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck, Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck, Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck, Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck. One ecological disaster after another.
Zephaniah 3. Jerusalem is full of wickedness but there remains a faithful Remnant and they will rejoice in God’s faithfulness, restoring His people.
Haggai 1 is about the right priorities. God had commanded the inhabitants of Jerusalem to rebuild His house. When pointed out their wrongful ways the people obeyed.
Haggai 2, The Coming Glory of God’s House, The People are Defiled, Promised Blessing, Zerubbabel Chosen as a Signet.
Haggai 1, The Command to Build God’s House, The People’s Obedience.