Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The final battle at Jerusalem will be ended by the visible return of Christ. He will descend to the same spot on earth from which He ascended: the Mount of Olives. When His feet touch the earth, the mountain will split, and a river will be opened between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.

Jesus' coming will usher in the Millennium, a thousand-year reign of peace on earth administrated by Christ Jesus Himself. Satan will be bound for a thousand years and will not be allowed to "deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years [are] finished" (Revelation 20:3). The Tribulation martyrs will be raised from the dead to join believers in reigning with Christ.

In your darkest hour, remember: The Prince of Peace is on His way!

Zechariah 14:1-21

The Lord Comes and Reigns

14 A day of the LordIsa 13:6; S Joel 1:15; Mal 4:1 is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessionsS Isa 23:18 will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.

I will gather all the nationsS Isa 2:3; S Zec 12:3 to Jerusalem to fight against it;S Eze 5:8 the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped.S Ge 34:29; S La 5:11 Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.Isa 13:6; S Zec 13:8Then the Lord will go out and fightZec 9:14-15 against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.S Isa 8:9; S Zec 12:9On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,Eze 11:23 east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be splitS Nu 16:31 in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquakeOr My mountain valley will be blocked and will extend to Azel. It will be blocked as it was blocked because of the earthquakeAm 1:1 in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come,Isa 29:6; 66:15-16 and all the holy ones with him.S Dt 33:2; Mt 16:27; 25:31; Jude 14

On that day there will be neither sunlightS Isa 13:10; S Jer 4:23 nor cold, frosty darkness.It will be a uniqueJer 30:7 day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night.Rev 21:23-25; 22:5 When evening comes, there will be light.S Isa 13:10; S 30:26

On that day living waterEze 47:1-12; Jn 7:38; Rev 22:1-2 will flowS Isa 30:25 out from Jerusalem, half of it eastJoel 2:20 to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.S Ge 8:22

The Lord will be kingS Ps 22:28; S Ob 1:21 over the whole earth.S Dt 6:4; Ps 47:7; Isa 45:24; Rev 11:15 On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.Hab 2:14; Eph 4:5-6

10 The whole land, from Geba1Ki 15:22 to Rimmon,S Jos 15:32 south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised upIsa 2:2; Jer 30:18; S Am 9:11 high from the Benjamin GateS Jer 20:2 to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate,S 2Ki 14:13 and from the Tower of HananelS Ne 3:1 to the royal winepresses, and will remain in its place.Zec 12:611 It will be inhabited;Zec 2:4 never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.S Ps 48:8; S Eze 34:25-28

12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strikeS Isa 11:4 all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.ver 18; S Lev 26:16; S Dt 28:22; Job 18:1313 On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic.S Ge 35:5 They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another.S Jdg 7:22; S Zec 11:614 JudahZec 12:2 too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collectedS Isa 23:18—great quantities of gold and silver and clothing.15 A similar plaguever 12 will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.

16 Then the survivorsS 2Ki 19:31 from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worshipS Ps 22:29; S 86:9; S Isa 19:21 the King,S Ob 1:21 the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.S Ex 23:16; Isa 60:6-9; S Mic 4:217 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worshipS 2Ch 32:23 the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.S Jer 14:4; S Am 4:718 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LordOr part, then the Lord will bring on them the plagueS Ge 27:29 he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.S ver 1219 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.S Ezr 3:4

20 On that day holy to the LordS Ex 39:30 will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking potsS Eze 46:20 in the Lord’s house will be like the sacred bowlsZec 9:15 in front of the altar.21 Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holyS Jer 31:40; Ro 14:6-7; 1Co 10:31 to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that dayNe 8:10 there will no longer be a CanaaniteOr merchantZec 9:8 in the houseS Ne 11:1 of the Lord Almighty.S Eze 44:9

The Lord Will Rule the Earth

14 Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you!I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem. The city will be taken, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the population will be taken into captivity, and the rest will be left among the ruins of the city.

Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past.On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west. Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south.You will flee through this valley, for it will reach across to Azal.The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Yes, you will flee as you did from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads with you.

On that day the sources of light will no longer shine,Hebrew the precious ones shall diminish; or the precious ones and frost. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.yet there will be continuous day! Only the Lord knows how this could happen. There will be no normal day and night, for at evening time it will still be light.

On that day life-giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half toward the Mediterranean,Hebrew half toward the eastern sea and half toward the western sea. flowing continuously in both summer and winter.

And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.

10 All the land from Geba, north of Judah, to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become one vast plain. But Jerusalem will be raised up in its original place and will be inhabited all the way from the Benjamin Gate over to the site of the old gate, then to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.11 And Jerusalem will be filled, safe at last, never again to be cursed and destroyed.

12 And the Lord will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away. Their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.13 On that day they will be terrified, stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will fight their neighbors hand to hand.14 Judah, too, will be fighting at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the neighboring nations will be captured—great quantities of gold and silver and fine clothing.15 This same plague will strike the horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in the enemy camps.

16 In the end, the enemies of Jerusalem who survive the plague will go up to Jerusalem each year to worship the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and to celebrate the Festival of Shelters.17 Any nation in the world that refuses to come to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will have no rain.18 If the people of Egypt refuse to attend the festival, the Lord will punishAs in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions; Masoretic Text reads will not punish. them with the same plague that he sends on the other nations who refuse to go.19 Egypt and the other nations will all be punished if they don’t go to celebrate the Festival of Shelters.

20 On that day even the harness bells of the horses will be inscribed with these words: Holy to the lord. And the cooking pots in the Temple of the Lord will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar.21 In fact, every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. All who come to worship will be free to use any of these pots to boil their sacrifices. And on that day there will no longer be tradersHebrew Canaanites. in the Temple of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

14 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:

But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.

11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.

14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.

16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness Unto The Lord; and the pots in the Lord's house shall be like the bowls before the altar.

21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

Revelation 20:1-15

The Thousand Years

20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven,Rev 10:1; 18:1 having the keyRev 1:18 to the AbyssS Lk 8:31 and holding in his hand a great chain.He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan,S Mt 4:10 and bound him for a thousand years.Isa 24:22; S 2Pe 2:4He threw him into the Abyss,ver 1 and locked and sealedDa 6:17; Mt 27:66 it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nationsver 8, 10; Rev 12:9 anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

I saw thronesDa 7:9 on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.Mt 19:28; Rev 3:21 And I saw the souls of those who had been beheadedRev 6:9 because of their testimony about JesusS Rev 1:2 and because of the word of God.S Heb 4:12 TheyOr God; I also saw those who had not worshiped the beastS Rev 13:12 or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.S Rev 13:16 They came to life and reignedver 6; Rev 22:5 with Christ a thousand years.(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.ver 6; Lk 14:14; Php 3:11; 1Th 4:16BlessedRev 14:13 and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second deathS Rev 2:11 has no power over them, but they will be priestsS 1Pe 2:5 of God and of Christ and will reign with himver 4; Rev 22:5 for a thousand years.

The Judgment of Satan

When the thousand years are over,ver 2 Satan will be released from his prisonand will go out to deceive the nationsver 3, 10; Rev 12:9 in the four corners of the earthIsa 11:12; Eze 7:2; Rev 7:1—Gog and MagogEze 38:2; 39:1—and to gather them for battle.S Rev 16:14 In number they are like the sand on the seashore.Eze 38:9, 15; Heb 11:12They marched across the breadth of the earth and surroundedEze 38:9, 16 the camp of God’s people, the city he loves.Ps 87:2 But fire came down from heavenEze 38:22; 39:6; S Rev 13:13 and devoured them.10 And the devil, who deceived them,ver 3, 8; Rev 12:9; 19:20 was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,S Rev 9:17 where the beastRev 16:13 and the false prophetRev 16:13 had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.Rev 14:10, 11

The Judgment of the Dead

11 Then I saw a great white throneS Rev 4:2 and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence,S Rev 6:14 and there was no place for them.12 And I saw the dead, great and small,S Rev 19:5 standing before the throne, and books were opened.Da 7:10 Another book was opened, which is the book of life.ver 15; Ex 32:32; Dt 29:20; Da 12:1; Mal 3:16; Lk 10:20; Rev 3:5; 21:27 The dead were judgedRev 11:18 according to what they had doneJer 17:10; S Mt 16:27 as recorded in the books.13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and HadesRev 1:18; 6:8 gave up the deadIsa 26:19 that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.S Mt 16:2714 Then death1Co 15:26 and Hadesver 13 were thrown into the lake of fire.S Rev 19:20 The lake of fire is the second death.S Rev 2:1115 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of lifeS ver 12 was thrown into the lake of fire.

The Thousand Years

20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pitOr the abyss, or the underworld; also in 20:3. and a heavy chain in his hand.He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years.The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while.

Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.)Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.

The Defeat of Satan

When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison.He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore.And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The Final Judgment

11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the graveGreek and Hades; also in 20:14. gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds.14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death.15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Psalm 148:1-14

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 14Ps 33:2; 103:1

Praise the Lord from the heavens;Ps 19:1; 69:34; 150:1

praise him in the heights above.

Praise him, all his angels;Ps 103:20

praise him, all his heavenly hosts.S 1Ki 22:19

Praise him, sunS Ps 19:1 and moon;

praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavensS Dt 10:14

and you waters above the skies.S Ge 1:7

Let them praise the namePs 145:21 of the Lord,

for at his commandS Ps 147:15 they were created,

and he established them for ever and ever—

he issued a decreeJer 31:35-36; 33:25 that will never pass away.

Praise the LordPs 33:2 from the earth,

you great sea creaturesS Ge 1:21; Ps 74:13-14 and all ocean depths,S Dt 33:13

lightning and hail,S Ex 9:18; S Jos 10:11 snow and clouds,

stormy winds that do his bidding,Job 37:11-12; S Ps 103:20; 147:15-18

you mountains and all hills,Isa 44:23; 49:13; 55:12

fruit trees and all cedars,

10 wild animalsIsa 43:20; Hos 2:18 and all cattle,

small creatures and flying birds,

11 kingsS Ps 102:15 of the earth and all nations,

you princes and all rulers on earth,

12 young men and women,

old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,S Ps 113:2; 138:4

for his name alone is exalted;

his splendorS Ps 145:5 is above the earth and the heavens.S Ps 8:1

14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,Horn here symbolizes strength.S 1Sa 2:1

the praiseS Ex 15:2; Ps 22:3 of all his faithful servants,S Ps 145:10

of Israel, the people close to his heart.S Dt 26:19

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens!

Praise him from the skies!

Praise him, all his angels!

Praise him, all the armies of heaven!

Praise him, sun and moon!

Praise him, all you twinkling stars!

Praise him, skies above!

Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!

Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,

for he issued his command, and they came into being.

He set them in place forever and ever.

His decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth,

you creatures of the ocean depths,

fire and hail, snow and clouds,Or mist, or smoke.

wind and weather that obey him,

mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars,

10 wild animals and all livestock,

small scurrying animals and birds,

11 kings of the earth and all people,

rulers and judges of the earth,

12 young men and young women,

old men and children.

13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.

For his name is very great;

his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

14 He has made his people strong,

honoring his faithful ones—

the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!

148 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 31:8-9

SpeakS 1Sa 19:4 up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.S Pr 24:23; 29:7

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;

ensure justice for those being crushed.

Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,

and see that they get justice.

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

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