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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseRevelation 6Chapter summary.Jesus, the Lamb, now begins to open the seals on the scroll. As the first four are opened: terrible horsemen representing conquest (6:1–2), devastating warfare (vv. 3–4), famine (vv. 5–6), and plague (vv. 7–8). These bear a striking resemblance to signs spoken of by Christ in Matthew 24:1–35, Mark 13:1–37, and Luke 21:5–33. The fifth seal reveals martyrs, crying out for God to judge and avenge them (6:9–11).
  When the sixth seal is opened earth and even the heavens are shaken, as if by a great earthquake (vv. 12–14). Humanity then realizes that this is divine judgment. Rather than repent, king and peasant alike seek to hide from God’s wrath (vv. 15–17).
Key verse. 6:17: Too late!   Personal application. Those who reject grace now will not repent when judgment comes.

Two interpretations. The premillennialist links this passage with Matt. 24:5–8 and sees it as describing events preceding the appearance of the Antichr…

Ring, necklace, dress as awarded fro the pharaoh

Ring, necklace, dress as awarded fro the pharaoh
‎This picture from the tomb of Aya shows Akhenaten and Nefertiti bestowing the honor gold upon the owner of the tomb and his wife. This award honors him as a special dignitary. The spectators of the scene providing the backdrop are dancers (the two rows at bottom), standard-bearers and arms-bearers (third row), submissive officers (row four and five), and charioteers with their chariots. ‎Gen 41:42

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 22

  … Sinners of whom I am chief.… Now unto the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen
1 Tim. 1:15, 17
Only those who have struck the deepest note of penitence can reach the highest note of praise.

A. J. Gordon

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

July 22: Showing Kindness to a Stranger
2 Samuel 9:1–10:19; 1 Peter 5:1–14; Psalm 138:1–8

When I was a teenager, I became serious about showing unsolicited kindness while working through a 30-day intensive devotional. The devotional required me to record an act of kindness each day. My efforts included things as mundane as taking out the trash before being asked and closing schoolmates’ lockers to prevent them from becoming the victims of pranks. Although the acts were simple, and mostly meaningless, the effort taught me a discipline. Kindness should be intentional, not random. But what if your kindness stems from guilt?

In 2 Samuel 9, King David shows intentional kindness to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, by offering them Saul’s land after Saul and Jonathan have died. It’s hard to know why David does this, especially since it puts him at risk—his association with the previous regime could anger his warriors, who fought against Saul. Is David merely being a goo…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

July 22nd

This is the will of God, even your sanctification. 1 Thess. 4:3.

The Death Side. In sanctification God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. Many of us spend so much time in the place of death that we get sepulchral. There is always a battle royal before sanctification, always something that tugs with resentment against the demands of Jesus Christ. Immediately the Spirit of God begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle begins. “If any man come to Me, and hate not … his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
The Spirit of God in the process of sanctification will strip me until I am nothing but ‘myself,’ that is the place of death. Am I willing to be ‘myself,’ and nothing more—no friends, no father, no brother, no self-interest, simply ready for death? That is the condition of sanctification. No wonder Jesus said: “I came not to send peace, but a sword.” This is where the battle comes, and where so many of us faint. W…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, July 22                                                  Go To Evening Reading

 “I am married unto you.” 
         — Jeremiah 3:14
Christ Jesus is joined unto his people in marriage-union. In love he espoused his Church as a chaste virgin, long before she fell under the yoke of bondage. Full of burning affection he toiled, like Jacob for Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had been paid, and now, having sought her by his Spirit, and brought her to know and love him, he awaits the glorious hour when their mutual bliss shall be consummated at the marriage-supper of the Lamb. Not yet hath the glorious Bridegroom presented his betrothed, perfected and complete, before the Majesty of heaven; not yet hath she actually entered upon the enjoyment of her dignities as his wife and queen: she is as yet a wanderer in a world of woe, a dweller in the tents of Kedar; but she is even now the bride, the spouse of Jesus, dear to his heart, precious in his sight, written on his hands…