Daily Readings and Thought for December 28th. “BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO STAYS AWAKE”


Today’s reading of the last chapter of the prophet Zechariah starts with, “Behold a day is coming for the LORD … will gather all nations against Jerusalem …” and our reading in Revelation contains the only verse in the Bible with the word ARMAGEDDON.     We read there how “demonic spirits” (totally irrational attitudes? – now in many countries)  “ … go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God Almighty. Behold I am coming like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake … and they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon” [Ch.16 v.14-16]

The word Armageddon crops up in our Newspapers quite a lot, sometimes in relation to climate change and fearsome weather events.  It was also used in relation to the world-wide financial instability, which is still far from solved, especially in Europe.  The world’s economy in the last 20 years has been supercharged so that it needs massive continuous spending.  This is the NOW generation, we must have everything NOW.

The money crisis is kept at bay by Governments throwing a heap of largely borrowed money into the system.  Of course, money is no longer gold and silver, which was its foundation, even 100 years ago.  Money has become a “beast” which people worship. It is interesting that Revelation Ch. 16 says a replica (image) of the beast causes “harmful and painful sores” on  “those who bore the mark of the beast and worshipped its image.” [v.2]

Zechariah’s chapter also describes Armageddon without using the word!   Remember our thoughts yesterday. After the LORD goes forth to fight “… the mount of Olives shall be split in two” [12 v.3,4]   We noted that Revelation 16 v.18 speaks of “a great earthquake such as there has never been since man was on earth.” 

Zechariah also states that “all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, their tongues will rot in their mouths.” [14 v.12] That sounds horribly like atomic radiation.

But then, writes Zechariah, “the LORD will be King over all the earth … then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship in King, the LORD of Hosts …” [v.9,16]. We have read almost the same in Revelation, “Who will not fear O Lord and glorify your name? For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship you for your righteous acts have been revealed.” [15 v.4]

The challenge to uswe quote again “Blessed is the one who stays awake keeping his garments”. We note  Ch.19 v.8 – “fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints”. We must be with those who are awake, keeping our garments. [see Rev. 16 v.15]

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