Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Daniel 7

The vision of Daniel is similar to Nebuchadnezzar's dream of great image in chapter 2. Here are four kingdoms that shall arise in succession; lion, bear, leopard, and fourth beast with ten horns. Out of this ten horns shall come up one horn to make war with God's people and blaspheme the name of God. But, they are only God's instrument to fulfill His plan in this world, and their dominion was limited, except the kingdom of the One like the Son of Man which is everlasting. The Son of Man is the Messiah, and His kingdom shall be given to the saints or righteous men who believed in His instructions. But they shall be persecuted by the evil horn, then he shall change times and law, and shall crush the faithful and godly men. When the time is fulfilled, the power shall be taken away from the evil horn and give to the saints. The followers of the Most High shall possess the kingdom of God for ever. It shall be described as the kingdom of grace, love, holiness, and family of God that shall be established with the everlasting power of the Savior, Jesus Christ... Reading: Daniel 7, God bless.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Daniel 6

Daniel was old, yet he was still serving the Lord continually and faithfully. But the enemies were also there, they are satan's servant, wanting to destroy God's people, stopping them to pray and glorify the living God. But Daniel prayed openly and avowedly, and though busy in many things, he did't think that would excuse him from daily exercises of devotion. Today, many Christians don't pray, don't read the Bible, don't attend Bible study or prayer meeting because they are busy in their personal matters, no time for spiritual activities with Jesus. And because of hatred and jealousy, these evil men had tried to destroy Daniel, and the end result was the den of lions. But God is alive, He sent His angel and shut the lions' mouth so that they had not devoured him. Daniel was kept perfectly safe because he believed that God is able to protect him, deliver him from enemies, and provide his needs. This shows that if we live in the fear of God, and walk according to the rule of His kingdom, than peace shall be upon us... Reading: Daniel 6, Happy Memorial Day to all.

Daniel 5

The proud son of Nebuchadnezzar whose name was Belshazzar dishonored the Lord by using the holy vessels from Jerusalem temple, filling them wine and meat offered to their gods of gold. Suddenly a finger appeared at the wall and wrote words declaring that his kingdom should collapse. God's written word is enough to put the proudest men and women and boldest sinners in fear. Indeed there are many mysterious things that can't be explained even by the wisest and most intelligent person in this world. God and God alone has all the knowledge and wisdom, and He revealed them partially to His prophets. When Daniel reads the sentence written on the wall, and weighed in the balance and found wanting, no one can annul God's verdict. Who would ever thought that on that night, the kingdom of Babylon collapsed. Be ready always because we don't know also when will the Lord Jesus return... Reading: Daniel 5, God bless.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Daniel 4

This was the second dream of Nebuchadnezzar, and the meaning was explained by Daniel. As the kingdom expands and his strength become more powerful, the word of God came to Nebuchadnezzar. Pride and self-conceit are sins that beset great men, that instead of ascribing the glory to God, they ascribed it to themselves. The king had forgotten that the rules in the kingdom of this world belongs to the Lord, and He gives it to whomever He chooses (v17, 25). The Lord judged him temporarily so that his understanding and his memory were gone, and all the powers of the rational soul were broken. We should be careful not to think or do anything which may provoke God to put us out of our senses. God resists the proud, and we cannot resist His power. When we begin to honor God, by confessing our sin and acknowledging His sovereignty, then we may expect God will honor us. He will not only restore our relationship, but also dignity and righteousness through Christ the Savior... Reading: Daniel 4, God bless.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Daniel 3

Nebuchadnezzar made a god of gold 20 ft high and 2 ft in width, requiring all men to bow down at the day of dedication, or else they shall be cast into the burning fiery furnace. Pride and bigotry cause men to require their subjects to follow their religion, whether right or wrong. Today this system, a false worship of gods and images has been set up and maintained. But the 3 Jewish guys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not hesitate whether they should comply or not. Life and death on earth were not to be considered, but their eternity with God is at stake here. They knew that God is able to control all things and overrule all the powers against them. In our case, we may have different situations, but many Christians are compromising their faith by pleasing men instead of God. We are to be meek in our dealings, but we must decide that we will obey God rather than man. If we will leave everything to God, He will preserve us in the fire of afflictions, and like Nebuchadnezzar, the people around us will see the glory of God in our lives. God who preserve these pious Jews is able to uphold us in the hour of temptation and to keep us from falling into sin of compromise... Reading: Daniel 3, God bless.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daniel 2

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and asked his learned men to tell his dream and its interpretation, or they should all be put to death as deceivers. The king is like one of many people that are interested to know the future, but not to the way of salvation. Daniel and his friends humbly prayed that God would reveal to him the king's dream and its meaning. Praying friends are valuable friends, and whatever we pray, we can expect  nothing but as the gift of God's mercies. The Lord granted their prayers, because the fervent prayer of righteous men are powerful and effective. When the king heard the words of Daniel, he praised him, but Daniel gave glory unto the Lord who alone can reveal the secret. The dream is related to the affairs of this world, and only God can hold the present and the future business of the world. As God's servants, it is our role to direct attention of the people to the Lord, who has all the power and majesty, and worthy of glory and honor... Reading: Daniel 2, God bless.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Daniel 1

Daniel, Hebrew name means "God is my Judge", was taken and carried into captivity. The king of Babylon ordered that the young youth should be taught about the knowledge and skills in all literature and wisdom of the Babylonian. Daniel and his friends avoided defiling themselves with sin, and kept their religion faithfully in this pagan culture. It tells that those who are faithful to God should endeavor to do better in useful things; not for the praise of man, but for the honor of the Lord  and that they may be qualified for usefulness. As a result, God rewarded them with the spirit of understanding, so that the king was so impressed to discover that they are ten times better than their fellows. Today, let us remind ourselves that wisdom and knowledge come from God, and all the secret things in this world are hidden in Christ who is our Redeemer... Reading: Daniel 1, God bless.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ezekiel 48

The land distribution is a message of hope to God's people that were in captivity, that they would not be permanent outside their country but should bring back to their homeland and inherit God's promise. It is also a reminder that THE LORD IS THERE (v35), therefore they are to live as a holy and peculiar people in the midst of their neighbors. In Christianity, there is a new hope for God's people, GOD WITH US, Jesus Christ is our inheritance and the kingdom of God is our heritage. There is a free access by faith from every side of the kingdom. Christ has opened the door, giving the key to all believers so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, shall not thirst, shall not be in want, but shall have eternity in the presence of the Almighty. Lets us continue to walk in the path of God, because He is always faithful to lead and help us all the days of our lives... Reading: Ezekiel 48, God bless.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ezekiel 47

When  a man and Ezekiel began to measure each side of the temple, the water that flows came up to his ankle. As they continued doing their assignment, the water came up to his knees, then to his waist, and later it was a river, and it was too deep. When they returned, they saw trees used for food, their leaves do not wither and their fruits do not fail to provide fruits, and they are for the healing of the people. They can be symbolic and metaphorical with spiritual meaning. The water signifies the Holy Spirit, the tree signifies the life of Christ, and the fruits are the works of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The water in ankle, knees, waist, and river is our relationship with God, that we must grow and go deeper, so that we can bear more fruits. Those that does not grow in the knowledge of God shall remain immature, self-righteous and self-centered that hate to follow the sacrificial works of the true followers of Christ. At the end is land distribution, our rewards from God. May we all grow in our relationship with God and with fellow believers of Christ... Reading: Ezekiel 47, God bless.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ezekiel 46

Ezekiel describes the ordinances of worship for the prince and the people, including the gifts he may be given to his sons and servants. The rule regarding the gifts of the servants is that, if the servants had been set free on the Jubilee year, he must return the gifts to the master. But if the servants wanted to stay with the master all the days of his life, he can retain all the gifts. In Christianity, when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, He became our Master, and all the gifts He bestows upon us will be ours so long as we are connected with Him. These gifts will be useless if we cut off our relationship with Him and His Body, the Church. These gifts may be used in our home, inside the local church and in the community. Therefore, let us use our gifts and talents that the Lord gave us, that we may give glory unto His name all the  days of our lives... Reading: Ezekiel 46, God bless.

Ezekiel 45

This end-time prophecy is about land and blessing distribution to God's people. In this period, the worship and the ministers of God will be provided for the needs, and the princes will rule with justice, as holding their power under Christ. The people will live in peace and godliness, while honesty and justice will be seen everywhere. The Passover which was ordained by God to celebrate every year in the first month of the year, will be an everlasting memory of Christ's work and suffering at the Cross. We should always be thankful to Jesus for forgiving our sins, saving us and giving His Spirit in us that we may be part of God's eternal plan in this world. Therefore let us continue to live a life with sincerity and truth... Reading: Ezekiel 45, God bless.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ezekiel 44

God tells that no foreigner and uncircumcised in heart and in flesh can enter the temple, otherwise it would be defiled. Only the Levites, the sons of Zadok can bring  the offerings unto the Lord. The fat and the blood are not to be eaten for they belong to the Lord. The job of the priests are to teach God's people about the words of God, to differentiate between holy and unholy, to discern between the clean and unclean, and to judge between right and wrong. They should not marry a widow or a divorced woman. The priests has to receive no land inheritance because God is their inheritance. The best of the sacrifices and offerings of the people belong to God, and they should be given to the priest as their inheritance from the Lord (a sort of salary). In the New Testament, Jesus is the High Priest and the Christians are the priests and servants of the Lord, if we serve Him in His sanctuary... Reading: Ezekiel 44, God bless.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ezekiel 43

The temple is the Lord's dwelling place. Inside the temple, people can see and feel His presence.  "This is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of My feet" (v7). It is not the place but the presence of God that makes the people holy. Without God's presence, the temple, synagogue or church is just an ordinary place, not a holy place. In God's holy presence, indeed we are ashamed because of our imperfections. He is holy, we sinners. He committed no sin, we always committed sin. But praised be to the Lord for His love and kindness endures forever. When Christ entered the temple in Jerusalem, the glory of God is risen on the place. That's why His disciples declared, "We beheld His glory full of grace and truth." The grace of God that brings forgiveness and salvation has appeared to men, willing to embrace even our weaknesses. Let us continue to serve God and bless His holy name, Jesus Christ... Reading: Ezekiel 43, God bless.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Ezekiel 42

Ezekiel brought us to the inner parts of the temple with its rooms for the priests and workers, and told us the sizes of each room. Then after measuring the size of the inner temple, he began to measure the length of the east, west, north, and southern part; 500 cubits in length for each side, or 875 ft (NLT). What is the relevance of this chapter to us? Every part of the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and they have spiritual meaning to God's people. God is a God of plan and of details, and our body is the temple of God. He knows all things in our lives, even the food that we eat, the clothes that we wear, the number of our hairs (Matt 10:40), and the pains that we experience inwardly. And the more we become acquitted with the word of God, the more we can know who is this God of Abraham who loves us and gave His life for us... Reading: Ezekiel 42, God bless.

Ezekiel 41

In the previous chapter Ezekiel saw the courts of the temple, now he was brought by God to the temple. The Lord shows him the walls, the doorposts, and the sanctuary, which some said that this is the design of the third temple that will be constructed in Jerusalem. This is a reminder that if we attend to instructions in the plain parts of faith and profit from it, we shall be led further into an understanding with the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven... Reading: Ezekiel 41, God bless.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ezekiel 40

In this chapter, we discover the prophecy about the new temple in most detailed descriptions of the two outward courts. God is very specific and He wanted His people to do specifically what He had commanded. The singers and worshippers mentioned here are not very clear. When we are despair for failing God to obey, we should not be disappointed to blame ourselves, but continue to bless the Lord that our salvation does not depend upon our works. Christ came to fulfill God's command that no one could ever fulfill them. Our obedience to God should be based on our faith in Christ, that we love Him and He alone could do those specifics that are very hard for us to do... Reading: Ezekiel 40, God bless.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ezekiel 39

God shall judge Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. Gog and Magog were the ancient names of modern Russia and part of Turkey. This prophecy was written 2500 years ago, and it shall be fulfilled certainly in the latter days. Because Gog and his armies will be destroyed by God's own power in the land of Israel, it will take seven months to bury the dead bodies, and cleansed the entire land. The judgments of the Lord, brought upon sin and sinners, is a sacrifice to the justice of God, and a feast to the faith and hope of God's people.  Then, Israel and the entire world shall know that the Lord is God, He is Jesus Christ, the Lord of all. God will pour out His Spirit as a promise that His favor will continue. He will hide his face no more from those on whom he has poured out his Spirit. May it be our prayer for more faithfulness and obedience to our calling... Reading: Ezekiel 39, God bless.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ezekiel 38

Ezekiel prophesied that Gog of the land of Magog, together with his allied forces in the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and many nations will come to the land of Israel to make evil plans and destroy it, in the latter days (vv10-12). The word of God declared that He is against these nations, and had promised of security for His people. God Himself will defeat and punish these enemies with destructions.  At the same time, there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that all men, not only in Israel but also in the entire world, shall tremble in the presence of the Almighty. It seems that this is the moment of Christ's return from heaven as He touched His feet to the ground. God will do it so that the whole world will know that He is the Lord of all. May the Lord find us faithful on His return... Reading: Ezekiel 38, God bless.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ezekiel 37

While Ezekiel and his people were in diaspora in Babylon, God reveals him their situation like dry bones, lifeless and without hope. No power could restore human bones to life except God. So the Lord caused them to receive flesh and breath of life. The dry bones are the house of Israel, and the wind symbolized the Spirit of God representing His quickening power. The vision was to encourage the disheartened Jews for their future restoration after the captivity. This vision was also a clear hint that God has the power to restore the unbelievers to deliver them from their sins. He did it through Jesus Christ by sending His Spirit within us, and keep us by His power through faith unto salvation. God said to Ezekiel that the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, shall be one and be united with their God. This is the prayer of Jesus, that His followers may be one, because nothing has more hindered the success of the gospel than divisions in plan and purpose... Reading: Ezekiel 37, God bess.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ezekiel 36

God had promised that He will restore the land to its fruitfulness, and the people unto His fold. Today, Israel is a land of prosperity with blossoming desert and high tech society. This is being typical of our redemption through Christ, showing that the end result of our salvation is the glory of God; not for our own sake but for His name's sake (v22). God's solution is to remove the heart of stone out and give us a heart of flesh. He will put a new Spirit within us so that we can walk in His statues and obey His commandments (v27). It happened to us when we got Born Again in the kingdom of God, so that Jesus Christ may become the Lord, Savior, Sanctifier, and Guide of our souls. A heart of flesh is soft and tender, complying to His holy will. This kind of heart is fit to accomplish God's plan and purpose so that people may see that He is indeed the Lord of our lives, and God of all nations... Reading: Ezekiel 36, God bless.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ezekiel 35

God is against Mount Seir, a city of Edom, south of Judah, now part of modern day Jordan. The Edomites hates God's people from the beginning of their history, and have shed blood of the children of Israel by the power of their sword. For this reason, God had proclaimed that He will judge Mount Seir  and make it most desolate, a miserable and unhappy place. Indeed those that have a constant hatred to God and His people, Jews and Christians, can only expect to be made desolate for ever. Those who speak bad words against us will be revealed in the last days, because in the multitude of words, not one is unknown to God (v13). Therefore, let us continue to bless His name, and His praise should continually be in our mouth... Reading: Ezekiel 35, God bless.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Ezekiel 34

The Israelites are sheep without a shepherd, and were given up as prey to their enemies. The leaders (spiritual and political) had neglected their duties, and abused the trust given to them. The Lord declared that He intended to find the scattered flock, from the hills and surrounding nations.  When Jesus came on earth, He claimed to be the Good Shepherd, in contrast to the bad shepherds of Israel. He finds the scattered sheep in their days of darkness and ignorance. He brings them to the fold, leads them in the right path, binds their broken hearted, and feeds their souls with the word of God. Then He judges between sheep and sheep, rams and goats (v17), and the proud and self-sufficient became the enemies of the gospel and of the true believers. The true followers of Christ shall always be secured and blessed in His hand. As Christians, our desire and prayer should be more shower of blessings and fruits in every place where the truth of Christ is preached... Reading: Ezekiel 34, God bless.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ezekiel 33

God tells Ezekiel the duties and responsibilities of watchmen. The watchmen are God's appointed servants and they should warn the sinners of their misery and danger. If the watchmen ignored their duties, they shall bring guilt upon themselves. In present time, we call it evangelism, that if we don't share the gospel, we are accountable to God. So, if the sinners listened, they shall be saved, otherwise they shall be judged. About the believers, if they stop doing God's works such as ministries, tithes, fellowship, prayer, fasting and ignore the warning from the voice of the Holy Spirit, they are in a very dangerous situation. In this chapter, God warns His people because many have been ruined by proud confidence in themselves, trusting their own righteousness, and presuming on his own sufficiency. It is our prayer that we should continue to trust God on daily basis, do what is right in His eyes, and believe that only God can sustain our everyday life... Reading: Ezekiel 33, God bless.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ezekiel 32

This is the last chapter about the judgment of Egypt, Assyria, Meshech, Tubal, Edom, and all the surrounding uncircumcised nations that caused havoc and destructions in the ancient world. All of them should fall in the midst of those slain by the sword, and no one can deliver them. God is against sin, and both Israelites and Gentile nations are subject to the power and judgment of the Sovereign Lord. It tells that when others are ruined by sin, we have to fear God, knowing that ourselves are also guilty. Indeed, many powerful men are deceived by satanic power in this world. What are the objects for pursuing others through scenes of bloodshed? Only for their own destruction. Jesus said that the hour is coming when all that are in their grave shall hear the voice of Christ and be resurrected; some for eternal life and others for damnation... Reading: Ezekiel 32, God bless.

Ezekiel 31

The prophet shows an instance of one whom the king of Egypt resembled in greatness, the Assyrian, and compared to cedar. In greatness the two nations are equal, and in pride they are also equal, therefore Egypt will also fall like Assyria. Their similar sins bring them to ruin and destruction. Ezekiel said that no king can offer complete security in this world. It is just like a shadow from a tree, now it's here later it's gone. But let us flee to God for protection, there we shall be safe. Though worldly people may seem to have firm security and prosperity, yet it is only temporary. Therefore, let us then mark the good man, and behold the upright, for the end of that person is peace and safety... Reading: Ezekiel 31, God bless.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ezekiel 30

The prophecy of the destruction of Egypt is very full. The king of Babylon and his army shall be instrument of this destruction. Ezekiel used the phrase "the day of the Lord" (v3) to emphasize the judgment of God not only to Egypt but to the entire world. It is a day of clouds, darkness, anguish, and the time of the Gentiles. While there is no place in Egypt to escape the fury of the Babylonian, it is also true that on the Day of the Lord (the 2nd Coming), there is no place to hide when God begins to pour out His judgment except the hiding place of the kingdom of Jesus. Those who disregard the discoveries of truth and mercy in the Bible shall meet the power and justice of God in the punishment of sins. But those who repent and seek His salvation shall see the glory of the Risen Christ in person... Reading: Ezekiel 30, God bless.