Daily Scripture Reading December 9th
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
Joel 1:1 - 3:21 KJV
11 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. 4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. 5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. 6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. 7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. 8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. 9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn. 10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. 11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. 13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. 14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, 15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. 18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. 19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. 20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
21 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? 18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. 21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. 22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. 23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
31 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; 5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: 6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. 7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: 8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it. 9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. 13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. 18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.
Revelation 1:1-20 KJV
11 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Psalms 128:1-6 KJV
1281 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.
Proverbs 29:18 KJV
2918 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
* KEY WORD–“OUTPOURING.”
* KEY VERSE–Joe 2:28.
* KEY PHRASE–“THE TWO OUTPOURINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”
WRITER–Joel a prophet of Judah wrote this book. His name means “Jehovah is God.” He lived in Jerusalem and is thought to have been one of the priests of the temple.
TIME–Many scholars claim that Joel is the earliest of the prophetic books and that he ministered in the reign of Joash, king of Judah, about 860 B. C. While he was prophesying in Judah in the south, Elijah and Elisha were preaching in Israel in the north.
PURPOSE–To show that the locusts swarming into the land were figurative of the nations who should swarm upon Israel, but if the people would repent, then God would deliver them, and pour out His Spirit upon them.
Plague of Locusts
The occasion of this prophecy was four successive plagues of locusts and a severe drought which desolated the land. Joel calls upon the people to reflect upon the cause of the calamity and to mourn with true penitence. He urges them that it they would avoid further troubles that they should fast and make their supplications unto God, that He may bless and not curse their land. Locusts were one of the plagues of Egypt, Ex 10:14; 15, and there was nothing like them for multitude and mischief they did. Speaking of a plague of locusts, Thompson says, “The number of them was incredible, the whole face of the country was black with them, On they came like a living deluge. We dug trenches and kindled fires, and beat and burnt to death heaps upon heaps, but the effort was utterly useless. They poured over rocks, walls, ditches and hedges. The roads were covered with them, all marching in regular lines, like armies of soldiers with the leaders in front, Joe 2:5. When they approached our garden all the farm servants were employed to keep them out, but to no avail, and when they had devastated our garden they passed on to another.” Pr 30:27.
1. Those who out do their fathers in sin may justly expect sorer judgements than their fathers ever knew. Sometimes a terrible upheaval is necessary for a nation for without it wrongs will not
2. If calamities come upon us because of our own faults we should repent and be wiser for the future. If they have befallen us because of the faults of others, we should live them down, for we
have nothing with which to reproach ourselves and time will remove the handicap. If we have spiteful enemies, we should so live that their enmity may be disarmed. If we have kind and faithful friends, we should live to bless and protect them. If we hope for eternal happiness, we should prepare to enjoy it.
Exhortation to Keep Solemn Fast
In this chapter we have a further description of the plague, and the blast of the ram’s horn called an assembly for an extraordinary fast. Not a soul was to be absent. It convened old and young men and women, and even bridegroom and bride on their wedding day. The priests dressed not in white robes as usual, but in black sack cloth, would prostrate themselves upon the ground and then turning toward the Invisible Presence within the sanctuary, cry, “Spare the people, O Lord.”
In answer to this, the prophet assures the people that God will indeed bestow upon them both temporal mercies, Joe 2:18-27, and spiritual blessings, Joe 2:28-32.
Often in the prophecies some local circumstance is made the occasion of a far-reaching prophecy. Many scholars think that “the day of the Lord,” Joe 2:15, refers to events at the end of the age, and Scofield outlines these events as follows:–
1. The invasion of Palestine from the north by Gentile world powers under the Anti-Christ and false prophets,–Joe 2:1-10.
2. The Lord’s army destroys the invaders,–Joe 2:11, Revelation 19:11-21.
3. Repentance of Jews restored to their land,–Joe 2:12-17.
4. Temporal kingdom blessing upon the land,–Joe 2:12-17.
5. The outpouring of the Spirit in the last days,–Joe 2:28-29.
6. Return of the Lord in glory and the setting up of the kingdom,–Joe 2:30-32.
7. Full and permanent kingdom blessing,–Joe 3:1-16.
1. Fasting or the total abstinence from food for a certain length of time was practiced by the Israelites in a devotional spirit. It was engaged in as an evidence of sorrow for sin and associated with
confession of sin, through it Divine favour and blessing was sought. The apostles practiced it, 2Co 6:5, but it does not seem an essential part of the gospel plan. However, self-denial and confession of sin should be constantly practiced, as plain living leads to high thinking.
2. The prophecy of the outpouring of the Spirit had one fulfilment at Pentecost, Ac 2:17-21, hut it would not be right to regard that particular occasion as exhausting the fulfilment of the prophecy.
Rather Pentecost was the first great example of the universal outpouring of the Spirit that is to take place in the Last Days.
Pall and Permanent Kingdom Blessing
Only by inspiration could Joel, the earliest of the prophets of Judah, have foretold the return from captivity. The language is such, however, that it is evident that the prophet had in his vision not only the return from Babylon, but the last regathering of the Jews from among the Gentiles, and the judgement of the nations after the battle of Armageddon as seen in Mt 25:32; Re 19:18.
After the restoration of Israel and the judgement of the nation, Joel 3:1-2, comes the setting up of the everlasting and universal kingdom, Joe 3:20. That kingdom will be heaven in origin, principle and authority, Da 2:44, and will be set up on the earth, not by persuasion, but by power. It will be a kingdom of righteousness and peace. The meek not the proud, will inherit the earth, the knowledge of the Lord will be universal, and the out breaking of sin will be visited by instant judgement. With Satan’s powers restricted , it is impossible to conceive all the spiritual and temporal blessedness that the race will enjoy.
LESSON–Joel’s picture of final deliverance and glory is very much like that of Zechariah in his prophecy, showing that the hope of final triumph dominated Israel in its dark days. So hope will keep our hearts from breaking under the pressure of evils, and ever hold before us the prospect of greater good. Deep humbling.; of heart are often the door of hope to joy and victory. In the Psalms of David, written in his deepest trouble from the persecution of Saul and the rebellion of Absalom, we always find some ray of hope. In 1Pe 1:13, Peter says, “Hope to the end,” and he is called the apostle of hope because in five chapters he refers ten times to the triumphs of the future.