Scripture Sunday: Habakkuk 2:14

Habakkuk—Judgment for Judah. •Perplexity about the judgment: Habakkuk’s perplexity is summed up in two questions. (1) Why are the wicked not judged? (Habakkuk sees the evil prospering but nothing is happening to the wicked); (2) Why are the wicked performing the judgment (the Babylon army is used by God to bring judgment upon Judah, yet they are more wicked than Judah). •Provoking of the judgment: Israel’s sins provoked the judgment—these sins included pride, drinking (it causes gross evil), oppression (people gain wealth and power through oppression of others), and corrupted worship (people were worshiping idols). •Prayer in judgment: a plea to revive the people and deal with them in mercy. •Purifying from judgment: judgment is to purify the people and this knowledge will help give patience during the time of judgment. •Prospects after judgment: though things look bad in time of judgment, yet Habakkuk rejoices for the blessings that are to come after judgment. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Scripture Sunday: Galatians 2:20

Galatians 1, 2Commencing. After the salutation at the beginning of the first chapter, the first part of Galatians commences dealing with the issue at hand regarding law and grace •Concern of Paul: the believers in Galatia had been quickly influenced by those who would mix law and grace in the Gospel. This surprised Paul and caused him much concern. •Conversion of Paul: He speaks of his conversion from one who was very zealous for Judaism to one who preaches the Gospel of grace. •Calling of Paul: some experiences of Paul in his calling to minister to the Gentiles are given. •Confronting by Paul: he reports his encounter with Peter regarding law and grace practices. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

In light of Reformation Day, here is a brief biographical sketch of Martin Luther, plus here are Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Enjoy these and have a blessed Reformation Day!

I also want to recommend an excellent documentary on Martin Luther available on Faithlife TV. It provides a solid overview of the life of the one who brought about the Protestant Reformation.

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Scripture Sunday: Romans 1:17

Romans 1:17–3:21Condemnation. The longest section in today’s reading is on the subject of condemnation. •Cause of condemnation: wicked living in willful rejection of God. •Consequences of condemnation: in summary they are abandoned by God (1:24, 25, 28), and they are sentenced to “tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil” (2:9). •Court in condemnation: the fidelity of the court (“according to truth” [2:2]); the fairness of the court (“render to every man according to his deeds” [2:6] and “there is no respect [prejudice] of persons with God” [2:11]). •Crowd for condemnation: all persons are condemned, both Jews and Gentiles, for “there is none righteous, no, not one” (3:11). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:105

Today’s reading is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. Its theme is the Word of God. There is a direct reference to God’s Word in all but six of the 176 verses (verses 3, 37, 80, 121, 122, 132). In this Psalm the Hebrew uses at least nine different synonyms for God’s Word (the KJV uses eight synonyms—word, precepts, testimonies, law, commandments, ordinances, judgments, and statues). Also a reference to Deity occurs in every verse except verse 121. Read more

Scripture Sunday: 2 Samuel 7:22

2 Samuel 7—Making the Temple. David wanted to make a Temple for God. •Resolve: the resolve to build the Temple spoke of David’s devotion to God. •Response: Nathan the prophet told David it was a good resolve. •Refusal: later God told David through Nathan that David could not build the Temple, but his son would. •Reaction: David humbly accepted the refusal and honored God in his prayer. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

An Outline on the Book of Revelation

Revelation Outline

I put this together for a course on Revelation I took during my M Div program at Luther Rice Seminary.

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I. Prologue/preface/introduction of the book (Revelation 1)

A. The prologue from Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1)

B. The authorship of John (Revelation 1:1-2)

C. The blessing for those who read and heed the book (Revelation 1:3)

D. The destination: to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:4)

E. The praise to Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:5-8)

F. The provenance of John: Patmos (Revelation 1:9)

G. The proclamation commencing the book (Revelation 1:10)

H. The addressee of the book: to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:11)

I. The vision of Christ among the seven lampstands (Revelation 1:12-13)

J. The glory and splendor of Christ (Revelation 1:14-16)

K. The commission from Christ (Revelation 1:17-20)

II. Messages to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 2-3)

A. Ephesus: The “loveless church” (Revelation 2:1-7)

1. The commendation: rejects apostasy (Revelation 2:2-3,6)

2. The condemnation: lost first love (Revelation 2:4)

3. The consequence: repent or “lose candlestick” (Revelation 2:5)

B. Smyrna: The “persecuted church” (Revelation 2:8-11)

1. The commendation: Endured persecution (Revelation 2:9)

2. The comfort: Will receive crown (Revelation 2:10)

C. Pergamum: The “tolerant church” (Revelation 2:12-17)

1. The commendation: Did not deny His faith (Revelation 2:13)

2. The condemnation: tolerated apostate teaching (Revelation 2:14-15)

3. The consequence: repent or Christ will make war (Revelation 2:16)

D. Thyatira: The “pagan church” (Revelation 2:18-29)

1. The commendation: “deeds of late greater than at first” (Revelation 2:19)

2. The condemnation: tolerates “Jezebel” (Revelation 2:20)

3. The consequence: repent or be thrown on “bed of sickness” and children “killed with pestilence” (Revelation 2:21-23)

E. Sardis: The “dead church” (Revelation 3: 1-6)

1. The condemnation: “are dead” (Revelation 3:1)

2. The consequence: wake up and be strengthened (Revelation 3:2-3)

3. The commendation: a few remain alive (Revelation 3:4)

F. Philadelphia: The “mission church” (Revelation 3:7-13)

1. The commendation: kept His word (Revelation 3:8)

2. The comfort: will keep them from the hour of wrath (Revelation 3:9-10)

G. Laodicea: The “lukewarm church” (Revelation 3:14-22)

1. The condemnation: neither cold nor hot (Revelation 3:15)

2. The consequence: will “spew out of mouth” (Revelation 3:16)

III. Throne room vision of God (Revelation 4)

A. John comes up to Heaven (Revelation 4:1)

B. John sees the throne room of God (Revelation 4:2)

C. Throne room described (Revelation 4:3, 5-6)

D. Vision of twenty four thrones with elders (Revelation 4:4)

E. Vision of four beasts (Revelation 4:6-8)

F. The symphony of praise to God by the four beasts (Revelation 4:8-9)

G. The symphony of praise to God by the elders (Revelation 4:10-11)

IV. The opening of the seven-sealed scroll/book (Revelation 5-6)

A. Angel announces who is worthy to open the scroll/book (Revelation 5:1-3)

B. The Lamb (Jesus Christ) found worthy to open the scroll/book (Revelation 5:5-7)

C. All in Heaven praises and gives glory to the Lamb (Christ) (Revelation 5:8-14)

D. First seal broken: antichrist (Revelation 6:1-2)

E. Second seal broken: war (Revelation 6:3-4)

F. Third seal broken: famine (Revelation 6:5-6)

G. Fourth seal broken: death (Revelation 6:7-8)

H. Fifth seal broken: persecution of those saved in the Tribulation (Revelation 6:9-11)

I. Sixth seal broken: catastrophic judgment upon the earth (Revelation 6:12-17)

V. Salvation during the Tribulation (Revelation 7)

A. Sealing of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 7:1-8)

B. Saving of Gentiles during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17)

VI. Opening of seventh seal and seven trumpet judgements (Revelation 8-11)

A. Seventh seal opened: commencement of seven trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:1-6)

B. First trumpet sounded: one third of grass and trees consumed (Revelation 8:7)

C. Second trumpet sounded: one third of sea creatures perish (Revelation 8:8-9)

D. Third trumpet sounded: one third of waters polluted (Revelation 8:10-11)

E. Fourth trumpet sounded: one third of day/night cut short (Revelation 8:12-13)

F. Fifth trumpet sounded: locusts from bottomless pit sting for five months (Revelation 9:1-12)

G. Sixth trumpet sounded: one third of people killed (Revelation 9:13-21)

H. Presentation of little book/scroll to John from angel (Revelation 10:1-7)

I. John “eats” the little book/scroll (Revelation 10:8-11)

J. Measuring of the temple of God (Revelation 11:1-2)

K. Sending of the two witnesses to earth (Revelation 11:3-6)

L. Destruction of the two witnesses from beast (Revelation 11:7-10)

M. Resurrection of the two witnesses back to Heaven (Revelation 11:11-14)

N. Seventh trumpet sounded: worshipping of God as sovereign (Revelation 11:15-19)

VII. Revealing of six persons/individuals (Revelation 12-13)

A. The woman with the child: Israel and Christ (Revelation 12:1-2; 5-6)

B. The dragon: Satan (Revelation 12:3-4)

C. The archangel: Michael, wars with dragon in Heaven (Revelation 12:7-11)

D. Beasts of sea and earth: antichrist and false prophet (Revelation 13:1-18)

VIII. Five visions revealed (Revelation 14)

A. Heavenly singers: 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 14:1-5)

B. Angel spreading the gospel across the earth (Revelation 14:6-7)

C. Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 14:8)

D. Announcement of destruction on those who took the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9-11)

E. Angels announcing the “reaping of judgment” upon the earth (Revelation 14:12-20)

IX. Seven bowl judgements (Revelation 15-16)

A. Prologue to the seven bowl judgments (Revelation 15:1-8)

B. First bowl judgment: sores on people (Revelation 16:1-2)

C. Second bowl judgment: all seas destroyed (Revelation 16:3)

D. Third bowl judgement: fresh water destroyed (Revelation 16:4-7)

E. Fourth bowl judgement: sun scorches people (Revelation 16:8-9)

F. Fifth bowl judgment: place of beast’s rule darkened (Revelation 16:10-11)

G. Sixth bowl judgment: Euphrates River dried up (Revelation 16:12:16)

H. Seventh bowl judgment: Earthquake (Revelation 16:17-21)

X. Judgment against the harlot (Revelation 17)

A. The harlot described (Revelation 17:1-6)

B. The harlot revealed (Revelation 17:7-18)

C. The harlot destroyed (Revelation 17:16-17)

XI. Judgment against Babylon (Revelation 18)

A. Judgment against Babylon proclaimed (Revelation 18:1-8)

B. Judgment against Babylon carried out (Revelation 18:7-9)

C. Judgment against Babylon: the reaction (Revelation 18:9-13)

XII. Marriage supper of the Lamb and judgment against evil (Revelation 19)

A. God alone worthy of worship (Revelation 19:1-6)

B. Marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9)

C. Jesus Christ judges evil (Revelation 19:11-20)

XIII. The binding, rebellion, and destruction of Satan (Revelation 20)

A. Satan bound for one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3)

B. One thousand Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:4-6)

C. Satan let loose from bottomless pit and revolts, destroyed (Revelation 20:7-10)

D. Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15)

XIV. The New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 21)

A. New Heaven and New Earth described (Revelation 21:1-8)

B. New Jerusalem detailed (Revelation 21:9-27)

XV. Conclusion to the book (Revelation 22)

A. New Jerusalem detailed, continuance (Revelation 22:1-5)

B. Final blessing from Christ and commission to John (Revelation 22:6-10)

C. Final conclusion from Christ concerning His eternity and His coming (Revelation 22:12-17)

D. Final warning and conclusion to the book (Revelation 22:18-21)

Works Consulted

Butler, John G., Analytical Bible Expositor. Accordance electronic ed. LBC Publications, 2012.

Butler, John G., Synopsis. Vol. 1 of Daily Bible Reading. Accordance electronic ed. Clinton: LBC Publications, 2003.

Thompson, Frank Charles. Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Accordance electronic ed. Indianapolis: Kirkbride Bible Company, 2004.

Scripture Sunday: Revelation 1:8

Revelation 1:1–8Introduction. •Superscription: this includes the preview of the book (prophecy), the penmen of the book (John), and the promise of the book (blessings for those who read, hear, and keep it). •Salutation: from John (brief and gracious greeting); from Christ (speaks of His crucifixion, His church, His coming, and His character). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Scripture Sunday: Romans 10:9

Romans 10—Salvation from God. •Prayer for salvation: Paul prays for Israel to be saved. •Promise of salvation: to those who confess Christ and call upon His name. •Preachers of salvation: needed to carry the good news. •Provoking of salvation: saving of Gentiles is to provoke Israel to want to be saved. •Pleading in salvation: God has pleaded with Israel to be saved, but they have continually rejected Him. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

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