ZECHARIAH 14:1-21 | REVELATION 20:1-15 | PSALM 148:1-14 | PROVERBS 31:8-9
The parallels to the readings in Zechariah and the Book of Revelation may be drawn quite easily in that the former contains the apocalyptic writings of the Old Testament that appear in John’s writings many hundreds of years later.
We are fast approaching the end of the Book of Revelation, and have arrived at the end of the book of Zechariah. This last chapter is the culmination of the great battle of Armageddon, the restoration of Israel, and the descent of Christ.
Chapter 20 in Revelation bears the account of the capture and imprisonment of Satan, the dragon/serpent into the abyss for a thousand years, and outlines the commencement of the millennial reign of Christ along with the believers who were faithful to the testimony of Christ despite pressure and persecution. These saints are raised from the dead to rule with Christ during this era of utopia.
May it be, dear Lord Jesus, that I would be found among this group if your reign so happens after my death.
We turn now to our reading of the Psalms, and find that David’s psalm of praise for the day is one that invokes all of nature to praise the Lord. Most everyone and everything seems to be covered in these verses:
7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
Finally, the verses in Proverbs today are pearls of wisdom. May it be that we practice this all the days of our life:
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word. Amen.