Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: December 23, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 16

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Terrible judgements are coming to the earth. Seven angels will pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath leading up to the battle of Armageddon on that great judgment day. Awful diseases, contaminated water systems, an enormous hailstorm, and the worse earthquake the world has ever seen will befall those who dwell upon the earth. In these conditions one would think that people would turn to God, but it doesn’t happen. Though there are some who will be saved during the Great Tribulation, most will not. Repeatedly, we are told that they do not repent and turn to God and give Him glory. Instead, they curse God in their affliction. Why is it that many people live without God in their life and love sin? These people fail to see that the One who made them is also the One who loves them. He has given us His Son Jesus Christ, born in a lowly manger and who was willing to take the punishment for our sins. God’s wrath was poured out upon Jesus Christ on the cross so that we could escape the coming wrath of God. When we place our faith in Christ we are instantaneously transformed into God’s dear children, and we never have to fear punishment for we are no longer under God’s wrath.

Prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for the countless people in the world who don’t know Christ. Use us to share the love of Christ and may You bring someone into our path today. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: December 17, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 12

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Israel is God’s chosen people. Through the Jewish people God gave us the Scriptures, and through the Jewish people God gave us the Savior. Israel has been the object of Satan’s wrath ever since. In the end times the war between good and evil will intensify, and Satan’s hatred against Israel will reach its peak. God in His providence will protect His chosen people against every onslaught of the Enemy. Satan and one-third of the angels were cast out of heaven whenever Satan led a rebellion against God. Though cast out of heaven Satan still has access to heaven where he appears to accuse the brethren. At some point during the Great Tribulation Satan will lose all access to heaven. He will then turn his full fury upon Israel and the Tribulation saints because he knows his time is short. Satan will not only be denied in heaven, but also he will be defeated on earth!

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12:10-12)

Song: “Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever. He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood. I love Him e’re I knew Him, and all my love is due Him. He plunged me to victory with His redeeming blood.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: December 16, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 11

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

The Great Tribulation period will last seven years. It is divided into two- three and a half year periods. The seven year Tribulation period marks the most horrific time on earth. The second three and a half years will be worse than the first. The Jews will be under intense persecution. The Antichrist will be in full power. The world will be in utter chaos, the absolute worse it has ever been. It is then that God raises up the two witnesses. The two witnesses are two of the most powerful preachers who ever lived, who have been called by God during the darkest days on earth.  These two men have characteristics like that of Moses and Elijah. Whether it is actually Moses and Elijah or not these two men have been granted power to preach God’s message. They are invincible at first but when their mission is complete they will be killed by the beast. Their bodies will lie in the street for three days. The whole world will watch and even rejoice over the death of these two preachers. It will be a world so hostile to the Gospel that it hates and even rejoices at the death of God’s holy men. God vindicates His servants, as He always does, and He raises them from the dead. God’s swift hand of judgement will put a stop to hell celebrating the tragic death of these two preachers, and will result in many Jews getting saved and who will give glory to the God of heaven!

Prayer: “Dear Father in heaven, thank You for the two witnesses You will raise up during the Tribulation, may You raise us up today to be faithful witness for You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: December 12, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 9

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21)

Revelation 9:20-21 reveals the awful wickedness of humankind, even in the midst of God’s judgements (Wiersbe). Warren Wiersbe writes, “The most frightening aspect about the contents of chapter 9 is not the judgment that God sends but the sins that people persist in committing even while God is judging them.” The judgments are frightening. One third of the population will die, many others will be affected by the plague. This seven year period is the most horrific period in history. The Great Tribulation is as close to hell on earth as it gets, but still many will not repent. God is showing us what the world would be like if the devil had control. A world overrun by sin and Satan is far from what God intended. In Christ we have been given the promise of the forgiveness of sin, and the hope of a beautiful new future. In Him we have life and hope.

Prayer: “Lord, thank You for the hope we have in Christ. Thank You for the promise of a bright and beautiful tomorrow. May Your kingdom come. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron