Today we read the first chapter of Philippians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 13: Philippians 1, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 12, Isaiah 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 1. After the customary greeting Paul gives a heartfelt prayer for the believers. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (This was the verse given to me and my wife when we joined the church after our salvation). Paul is in prison and this works in favor of the Gospel. He also encourage them to behave worthy of the Gospel and follow Christ and be partakers with him in suffering.
Isaiah 11 speaks of the Branch from Jesse, containing this gem “and a little child shall lead them”. Even the animals will make peace.
Isaiah 12 is a hymn of praise to finish up the first part of Isaiah, the future of Israel.
Isaiah 13 is a prophecy against Babylon.
Chapter 13 through 24 are a series of prophesies of disasters for all kinds of places and Peoples. Babylon will take Israel into captivity.
Today is no different. This time people are fleeing the area. Hostilities are again increasing.
The city of Babylon was not very big, but it controlled a large territory.
The Day of the LORD as described in Matthew 24
Same account according to St. Mark in the old Wycliffe translation from around 1390 modified into modern language.
The ruins of Babylon are being restored, before the Mid-east War Saddam Hussein wanted to make it a historical Disneyland. The four pictures below show Baghdad today. The upper left picture shows one of Saddam Hussein’s many palaces overlooking the old ruin City of Babylon.