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Read devotionals for September 2020

October 1, 2020

Revelation 18:21 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

Thought: The Bible often uses illustrations to cause its readers to draw a mental picture of a point God wants us to understand. A millstone was a huge stone used for grinding grain. If it were cast into the sea, it would sink into its depths never to be recovered again. The great city Babylon was like unto that millstone. God was going to throw it down. When He did, the city “shall be found no more at all.” God’s judgment of this city would be complete and final. Her glory would be gone forever.

Jeremiah 51:63-64

October 2, 2020

Revelation 18:22 – And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.

Thought: When Babylon the Great would fall, the sound of pleasure and merriment would cease in the city. Harpers, musicians, pipers and trumpeters “shall be heard no more at all in thee.” Too, the crafts within the city would cease. In essence, the city would cease to be a place of income and prosperity for many. In addition, the production of food stuff would end. “The sound of the millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.” City-life would come to a screeching halt. The silence would be deafening.

Jeremiah 7:34

October 3, 2020

Revelation 18:23 – And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Thought: Great cities stand out in the world. Just the mention of their names and all immediately recognize them. They are lights in the world. The Great Babylon, however, was going to have her light extinguished. All that made her great would be cut off. Celebrations would cease. Merchants would not longer frequent the city. One of the reasons for her demise was because she had deceived the nations by her sorceries. God would destroy her because of her rejection of Him.

Job 21:17

October 4, 2020

Revelation 18:24 – And in her was found the blood of the prophets, and of the saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Thought: We are reminded again of the cause of the fall of the Great Babylon. She had slain the prophets of God and many of His saints. These were righteous individuals. They were innocent individuals. Their blood was shed because an evil city believed they were a threat to them. They were killed because they exposed the wickedness of the great whore. Evil hates the servants of God so much that it will slay them in order to silence them.

Luke 11:47-51

October 5, 2020

Revelation 19:1 – And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord our God.

Thought: God has rained down his judgments upon His enemies. The Great Babylon has been brought to her knees. In heaven, there is the shout of “a great voice of much people” in an anthem of victory. The unified voices declare: “Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord our God.” All of heaven celebrates the triumph of the Almighty God. They praise Him because it is He who has destroyed their adversaries and has brought joy and peace back to their lives.

Psalm 150:1-2

October 6, 2020

Revelation 19:2 – For true and righteous are his judgments; for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Thought: The multitudes in heaven acknowledge that the Lord’s judgments are “true and righteous.” The word “true” means genuine or without defect. In other words, God’s judgments are right in every detail. They are also righteous. There is never anything evil within them. They are the indignation of God poured out on that which is wicked. Note, the great whore had corrupted with earth with her fornication. In addition, God vindicates the blood of His servants when he destroys their enemies.

Deuteronomy 32:43

October 7, 2020

Revelation 19:3 – And again they say, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

Thought: In this verse, we are confronted with two pictures. First, there is the rejoicing of the saints over the destruction of the great whore, Babylon. The multitudes in heaven shout: “Alleluia.” They have a right to rejoice. Their enemy who brought them devastation and death is no more. Second, we see the end of the enemy. “And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.” God is able to put an end to His adversaries, bringing His vengeance against the enemies of His people. His judgments can last forever.

Isaiah 34:8-10

October 8, 2020

Revelation 19:4 – And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

Thought: Involved in the jubilation are all those who surround the throne of God. They are just as joyful as the saints because God’s enemies have been brought low. Their joy causes them to fall down and worship God who was sitting on the throne. They knew He was worthy of their homage and adoration. He had done a wonderful thing in destroying the Great Babylon. He deserved their praise.

Revelation 4:8-11

October 9, 2020

Revelation 19:5 – And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

Thought: The reason for the praise of God in this verse is tied to the destruction of the evil city of Babylon. Any deliverance that God extends to His people should be praised. This deliverance should also cause man to fear God. Fear involves a reverence and an awe for God. It involves our seeing the power of the Almighty and being amazed by it. It involves our seeing God operate on our behalf and being overwhelmingly impressed with God’s work in our lives. Yes, we should “praise our God.”

Psalm 148:11-13

October 10, 2020

Revelation 19:6 – And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of many thunders, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Thought: When all the saved are combined, they form a great multitude. When they shout praise unto God, their voices blend and sound like the voice of many waters and the voice of many thunders. They ring in unison shouting Alleluia. They shout because “the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” He has shown His power in the destruction of His enemies. He sits upon His throne and they have been subjected under His feet. Dear readers, God is the Almighty and will not relinquish His throne.

Psalm 47:6-8

October 11, 2020

Revelation 19:7 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Thought: With the great Babylon being destroyed, the church, the bride of Christ can now be manifested to the world in all her glory and splendor. Israel has been removed from the picture due to the destruction of Jerusalem. Now the bride of Christ can shine forth in her fullness to the world. For this cause, John’s readers are exhorted to “be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him,” that is, God. Truly, the removal of this obstacle was a just cause for rejoicing.

Matthew 22:1-2

October 12, 2020

Revelation 19:8 – And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.

Thought: White. The color of brides. A symbol of purity. This is the color of the fine linen worn by the precious bride of Christ, the church. She has been washed and cleansed of all sin, filth, and pollution. She is clean and white. Her cleansing was made possible by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The woman who comes to the altar as a chaste virgin holds her head high as she is joined to her husband. The church can be proud of her holiness as she is joined to the husband, Jesus Christ.

II Corinthians 11:2

October 13, 2020

Revelation 19:9 – And he saith unto me, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Thought: It is an honor to be invited to a wedding celebration. When the invitation is received, the one invited feels a sting of excitement within. He knows the event will be a joyous occasion. In this verse, John is told: “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” This will be the wedding of all weddings. This will be the supper of all suppers. All are invited, but not all will come. Many will choose not to be part of his feast. Sadly, these will be weeping in another place.

Matthew 22:2-4

October 14, 2020

Revelation 19:10 – And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren, that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Thought: John was overwhelmed by the presence of this angel of God. His fear and emotions drove him to fall before the angel and worship him. Angels, however, are not worthy of worship. They are created beings. Man is just a little lower than those majestic beings. Because of this, the angel exhorted John, saying: “See thou do it not.” God, and only God, is to be worship by all of His creation.

Psalm 8:5

October 15, 2020

Revelation 19:11 – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Thought: John’s vision continues. He sees one upon a white horse. His mission is to “judge and make war.” The one who rides upon the horse of victory is none other than Jesus Christ. He is described as the one called “Faithful and True.” Too, He judges and makes war in righteousness. The battles in which the Lord engages are not based on pride, power, or selfishness. His wars involve the principles of righteousness. He only opposed those that would destroy what is good and right and holy.

Psalm 45:3-7

October 16, 2020

Revelation 19:12 – His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Thought: John has seen a rider on a white horse, a horse of victory. His eyes “were as a flame of fire.” His eyes had the ability to penetrate into the deepest recesses of the human heart. Too, He has many crowns upon his head. He was not just royalty. He was a King above all kings. He also had “a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” Clarke believes this is the tetragrammaton, or, the letters YHWH. The name, however, is not revealed. The rider knows it. This hints at His unique nature.

Judges 13:17-18

October 17, 2020

Revelation 19:13 – And he was clothed in a vesture dipt in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Thought: This rider had been involved in warfare. Thus, His vesture was covered in blood. Remember, it was He who had been victorious in battle. Too, his name is called “The Word of God.” The term in the Greek language is “logos.” The identity of the rider is now revealed. It is Jesus Christ. He is “The Word.” Words express ideas and concepts. Jesus is the perfect expression of God the Father. Jesus had told His disciples: “If ye have seen me, ye have seen the Father.”

John 1:1

October 18, 2020

Revelation 19:14 – And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Thought: Jesus rides upon a white horse, a symbol of victory. His armies are also mounted upon white horses. They, too, will be victorious over evil. They are also distinguished by their attire. They are clothed in fine linen, white and clean. This indicates the purity of their lives. It is not a purity they obtained on their own. They were washed in the blood of the crucified One. His blood washed away their sins and purified their souls. In their holy calling they stand against the wickedness of the world.

Revelation 19:8

October 19, 2020

Revelation 19:15 – And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Thought: The Lord Jesus Christ is a warrior. He is well trained to fight against the enemy. He can smite them with the two-edged sword. He can rule over them with great power and authority. He can tread upon them manifesting the fierceness of the wrath of God. The Word of God is a powerful force. He cannot be overcome by His enemies. When He rises to make war, He will be victorious. His enemies will be destroyed. His followers also will be overcomers.

Psalm 2:7-9

October 20, 2020

Revelation 19:16 – And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Thought: Jesus has a name written on His vesture and thigh. The name is: “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” He is “the King” above all other kings. He is “the Lord” above all other lords. He has all authority. Other kings and lords rule and reign at His good pleasure. As the KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS, He cannot be defeated. All who fight against him will be conquered.

Proverbs 8:15-16

October 21, 2020

Revelation 19:17 – And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God.

Thought: The rider on the white horse, the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, has overcome His enemies. They now lie dead in defeat upon the battlefield. “An angel standing in the sun” has been authorized to call “all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven” to the battlefield. The bodies of the enemy will constitute “the supper of the great God.” They will feast themselves on their remains. Not only are God’s enemies dead, but their flesh is picked clean from their bones. Total devastation!

Deuteronomy 28:26

October 22, 2020

Revelation 19:18 – That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Thought: The fowl that were called to the feast of God were going to eat well. Many of those who were strewn on the field of battle were powerful individuals: kings, captains, and mighty men. They could also eat of the flesh of the horsemen and of all others free and bond. No man can conquer God. No man, regardless of his position or power, can thwart the wrath of God once it is unleashed. All of them become a feast for the fowls of the air.

Psalm 110:5-6

October 23, 2020

Revelation 19:20 – And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Thought: Theoughout the book of Revelation, the beast and the false prophet have fought against God and His people. They have persecuted the church and brought much suffering to the people of God. Now, both are “cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” They are now given the reward of their labors. God’s enemies will not always prevail. There comes a time when God’s wrath is poured out on them. Their punishment is severe and eternal in nature. God does avenge His saints!

Psalm 11:5-6

October 24, 2020

Revelation 19:21 – And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceedeth out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Thought: After large battles are waged, there are usually some of the enemy forces that still remain. The Lord now destroys this remnant of His enemies. He does so with the sword that proceeds out of his mouth. His sword is a powerful weapon. He knows how to wield it effectively against all of His enemies. Those who contend with the sword of the Lord cannot prevail. This remnant did not. They were slain and the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Jeremiah 42:17

October 25, 2020

Revelation 20:1 – And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Thought: We must remember that the Revelation is highly figurative book. As we study the bottomless pit and the one who is found therein, we must keep this in mind. So many want to make some of the elements of this part of the book literal. John sees an angel with a key. Keys are used to open things. The angel also has a chain. Chains are used to bind. This angel is on a mission to stop the work of the evil one. It is interesting to note that the key had been in Satan’s hands earlier (Rev. 9:1-2).

II Peter 2:4

October 26, 2020

Revelation 20:2 – And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

Thought: The angel of God was on a divine mission. “He laid hold on the dragon…and bound him a thousand years.” There are many who tell us that this will happen when Jesus comes again. It should be pointed out that, however, that the text says NOTHING about the Second Coming. This thought has been injected into the text. The dragon that is bound is described by three other terms: “that old serpent” (subtle), “the Devil” (slanderer), and “Satan” (adversary). He is God’s archenemy.

I Peter 5:8

October 27, 2020

Revelation 20:3 – 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.

Thought: This is the second time the words “thousand years” are mentioned. The key, the chain, and the bottomless pit are all figurative in nature. The same is true of the thousand years. The number one thousand is a perfect number. It symbolizes a long, long period of time. Satan had been loosed upon the church through the nations of Israel and Rome. The Lord was about to bind this demonic influence. It would cease for a long time. Oh yes, Satan would work, but not through evil kingdoms of men.

Revelation 9:1-2

October 28, 2020

Revelation 20:4 – 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.

Thought: The Dispensationalist teaches that when Christ returns He will reign on earth for a thousand years. They also teach that the saints will rule with him. This verse is their proof-text. Note that the verse says nothing about reigning “on earth.” It applies to those who “were beheaded for the witness of Jesus.” These martyrs had cried out: “How long?” Now, their cry is answered. Judgment would be awarded to them. With their enemies removed, they could have dominion (reign) with Christ.

Revelation 6:9-10

October 29, 2020

Revelation 20:5 – But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Thought: In verse four, those who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus lived, that is, they were victorious over their enemies. Now, John addresses “the rest of the dead.” These are the enemies of the Lord. They have been overcome by the Lord. Never again would they rise against the church. They were permanently defeated. The exaltation of the martyred saints from under the altar to thrones of judgment is referred to as “the first resurrection.” It is a figurative resurrection not a physical one.

Isaiah 26:12-19