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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Daniel’s Terrifying Vision of a Man

Daniel 10:1) In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.
2) In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 3) I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. 4) On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 5) I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6) His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. 7) And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8) So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. 9) Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground.
10) And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11) And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12) Then he said to me, "Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. 13) The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14) and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come."
15) When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was mute. 16) And behold, one in the likeness of the children of man touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, "O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength. 17) How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me."
18) Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19) And he said, "O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage." And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me." 20) Then he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. 21) But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince.

Monday, December 3, 2012

He Will Descend from the line of David....

The Righteous Branch

Jeremiah 23:1) “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2) Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. 3) Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4) I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord.

5) “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6) In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

7) “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 8) but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.”

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Messiah would be the "Son of God" . . .

For to Us a Child Is Born

Isaiah 9:1) But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2) The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
3) You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4) For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5) For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6) For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7) Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem . . .

Micah 5:1) Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
2) But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
3) Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
4) And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5) And he shall be their peace.
When the Assyrian comes into our land
and treads in our palaces,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight princes of men;
6) they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod at its entrances;
and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian
when he comes into our land
and treads within our border.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Sign of Immanuel (The Messiah would be born of a virgin)

Isaiah 7:10) Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11) "Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven." 12) But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test." 13) And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15) He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16) For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. 17) The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria."
18) In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19) And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.
20) In that day the Lord will shave with a razor that is hired beyond the River—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.
21) In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, 22) and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
23) In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns. 24) With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns. 25) And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bible Family Feud

I am preparing to host a couples retreat in February and I need a little help.  We will be playing Bible Family Feud with the Wives competing against the Husbands I need answers to the following questions, for them to guess the most popular answers.  So if you please take the time to send me an email at with your answers.  Thank You and God Bless

Name a King in the Bible

Name a New Testament Book

Name a Prophet in the Bible

Name a City in the Bible

Name an Animal in the Bible

Name a Judge in the Bible  

Name an Old Testament Book

Sunday, September 9, 2012

David at the Cave of Adullam

1 Samuel 22:1) David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2) And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.
3) And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me.” 4) And he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. 5) Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not remain in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.