Habakkuk, Revelation 15

Habakkuk 1:1-2

The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save.

Habakkuk was written between 615 and 605 BC at a time when the Assyrian powers were on the decline and the beginning of Babylonian domination. It was a message of questioning how long before the Lord was going to rescue His people. The Lord would indeed rescue them, but not until after 70 years of Babylonian captivity.

A lot of times the Lord does not show us the things He is going to do, for our own good. If He showed us, we wouldn’t believe Him anyways. I know that if the Lord always showed me what He was going to do in my life, I would either quit praying because of what I saw, or get discouraged. It is best to just wait on the Lord.

Habakkuk 2:2-3
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.

Although this verse applies to the Southern Kingdom of Judah, we can apply the principal to our lives as well. And that is this, the Lord will give us vision that will be for an appointed time. We mustn’t get discouraged while waiting for it, “it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

Habakkuk 2:19
Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake! ’ To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, Yet in it there is no breath at all.

He is speaking of idols here, idols that cannot speak or teach or do anything. How sad to see the number of people who rely on idols who have absolutely no life in them.

Habakkuk 3:2
O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.

This is a good prayer, “in wrath remember mercy”. Remember, mercy is not getting what we deserve. The wrath of God is coming upon this world. Would be to God that people would turn to Jesus. Even in wrath, we must remember that God is merciful.

Habakkuk 3:17-18
Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Crazy things going on today. People are just trying to make some sort of sense of it all. No matter what is going on around us, we can always rejoice in our salvation. Our salvation puts the proper perspective on our lives, no matter what is happening.

Revelation 15:5-6
After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.

The word temple here, in vs 5, is a reference to the Holy of Holies, that Most Holy Place where the High Priest could enter but once a year. It is quite appropriate that as we look at this final outpouring of God’s wrath that these angels would come forth from out the Holy of Holies, speaking of this final wrath coming from the very heart of God.

Nahum, Revelation 14

Nahum 1:1-2

The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies;

It is true that Nineveh had repented, but unfortunately it wasn’t long lasting. A century after Nineveh had repented,they turned back to their evil ways. Nahum is the prophet that God used to speak judgment to the Ninevites.

Nahum 1:7
The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.

The Lord is quite aware of who trust Him and who don’t.

Nahum 1:15
Behold, on the mountains The feet of him who brings good tidings, Who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, Perform your vows. For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; He is utterly cut off.

This is a beautiful picture of the Gospel, the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus, being proclaimed to people. Paul uses this verse in Romans 10:15. It is also found in Isaiah 52:7.

Nahum 2:10
She is empty, desolate, and waste! The heart melts, and the knees shake; Much pain is in every side, And all their faces are drained of color.

No matter how good things may be on the surface, underneath it all, things will crumble apart from being grounded and rooted in Jesus Christ.

Nahum 3:1
Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery. Its victim never departs.

How tragic, that a city that once had so much promise, a city that had a broken heart for sin and repentance toward God, could return right back to what the Lord had delivered them from. We see much of the same in America today as well.

Nahum 3:12
All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs: If they are shaken, They fall into the mouth of the eater.

This is how easy they will fall, like shaking figs off of a ripened fig tree,right into the hands of the enemy.

Revelation 14:5
And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

As I read this, thought know it is speaking of the saved Jews during the Great Tribulation, I am reminded of this truth. Because we re on Christ Jesus, we are without fault before the throne of God. Wow! That is such an amazing thing. I never grow tired of thinking about it.

Revelation 14:9-10
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

It is sobering to think of what will come upon those who willingly choose to reject the Lord. Praise God that those who have trusted in Jesus, have the assurance that we will escape the wrath that is to come.

Revelation 14:14
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.

What we see here, in verses 14-20, is a preview to the Battle of Armeggedon.

Revelation 14:20
And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.

Imagine such wrath and destruction that the blood would be up to the horses bridles and 1,600 furlongs long, or 200 miles (furlong = 1/8 of a mile). All this will take place most likely within a 200 mile radius of Jerusalem where the armies of the world will be gathered at the time of Jesus’ 2nd coming. We will read about this more in Chapter 19.

Micah 6-7, Revelation 13

Micah 6:3

“O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me.”

Oh how easy it is for people to testify against God. They insist at how unfair He is and get upset about all of the things that He doesn’t do that people think He should do. All the time, they ignore His patience, His mercy and grace. I heard a leader say recently how we cry out to God and ask where He is during tragedies such as what happened recently in Newtown, Connecticut, However, we forget that we have kicked him out of our schools and our nation in so many ways, only to cry out to Him when tragedy strikes, only to set Him aside once all the dust settles.

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

This is one of the earliest verses I remember as a new believer, because we used to sing an old Maranatha song with these words. The Lord had shown us what is good, and all the Lord requires of us is that we seek to do justly, to love His mercy and to walk humble with our God. How do we do that? By walking with Jesus Christ. If He humbled Himself enough to come to earth and become a man for the purpose of taking the sins of the world upon Himself at the cross, then certainly we ought to humble ourselves before Him and acknowledge Him as Lord.

Micah 7:5
Do not trust in a friend; Do not put your confidence in a companion; Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bosom.

When my father was a little boy, his dad put him on a high ledge and told him to jump onto his arms and that he would catch him. When my dad jumped, his dad stepped away and my dad fell to the ground. My grandfather told him, “Son, that will teach to to never trust anyone, not even your own father.” What a horrible thing to do, and yet, tragically much of what he said was true. The only one who can truly be trusted is the Lord our God and those who have truly put their trust in Him.

Micah 7:19
He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.

The forgiveness of God is incomprehensible. I marvel at how evil people can be and yet the Lord is always ready to forgive. What a great and glorious thing this is. It should always draw us to Him with a heart that acknowledges His unfailing love. Where would be be without His forgiveness. I think we all know the answer to that one.

Revelation 13:3
And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

There is no question here, that this is a reference to the Beast, the Antichrist who will rise up in the last days, during the Great Tribulation.

Revelation 13:5
And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty- two months.

The forty-two months here speaks of the first 3 1/2 years that the Antichrist will rule, creating a sense of peace and that all is well. The church has been raptured, removed from the earth, and then he comes on the scene bringing a great sense of order and calm, albeit just for a moment.

Revelation 13:12
And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

This second beast who comes up out of the earth is the false prophet who seeks to draw all people away from God to worship the beast. Ultimately, he along with the Antichrist will be thrown into the lake of fire, for all eternity.

Revelation 13:16-17
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

This technology is already in place. Just search the web for ‘VeriChip’ and here is one of the things you will find: “Once scanned at the proper frequency, the VeriChip responds with a unique 16 digit number which could be then linked with information about the user held on a database for identity verification, medical records access and other uses. The insertion procedure is performed under local anesthetic in a physician’s office. As an implanted device used for identification by a third party, it had generated controversy and debate. VeriChip’s merger in 2010 officially changed their name to ‘PositiveID.'” (Wikipedia)

Micah 4-5, Revelation 12

Micah 4:12

They do not know the thoughts of the Lord, Nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.

Oh how important it is to know the thoughts of the Lord. How do we do that? Two things: first, we are to read His word. The Bible are the thoughts of God on paper. Inspired thoughts directly given through the Holy Spirit. Second, we are to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His leading.

Micah 5:2
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

This is one of the most profound prophecies in the Bible. Several hundred years before Jesus was born, Micah prophesied what city Jesus would be born in, the One to be Ruler in Israel.

Micah 5:14-15
I will pluck your wooden images from your midst; Thus I will destroy your cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury On the nations that have not heard.”

It is sobering to think about what the destiny of the United States is, in light of the many forms of idol worship we engage in. The nations that ‘have not heard’ here, I believe would be a nations that refused to hear.

Revelation 12:4
His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

This would be a reference to the fall of Satan before the creation of man. The third of the stars’ would be a speaking of the angels who fell with him. We see a picture of Herod’s attempt to kill Jesus after he was born, by ordering the slaughter of every male child two years and under. Satan’s plan failed then and ultimately it will fail again. Thanks be to God!

Revelation 12:9
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

It seems that this could be a reference to Satan’s ultimate fall, being permanently cast out of heaven, ultimately defeated once and for all.

Revelation 12:12
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

We see, by this verse, that Satan is aware that he has a short time. I also believe that he knows he will ultimately lose. What motivates him then? The desire to draw as many people away form the Lord as possible. He hates God with a passion along with anyone who claims Him as Lord.

Micah 1-3, Revelation 11

Micah 1:1

1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Here is what John MacArthur has to say about the Book of micah, “The Book of Micah reads like a court document. Micah’s prophecies record God’s judgment on three groups of plaintiffs: 1) Samaria and Jerusalem; 2) the leaders of Israel and Judah; 3) the people in Israel and Judah. God holds nations, leaders, and individuals responsible for their failure to acknowledge or obey Him. Micah’s words ring with an urgency and truth that still apply today.”

Micah 2:1
1 Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand.

The wickedness all around was great in that day and tragically such is the case today. Oh how I wish it weren’t true, but all one has to do is open their eyes and they will see that in fact it is. Jesus is the only answer, and as long as people refuse to seek Him and know Him, it will continue to be.

Micah 3:4
Then they will cry to the Lord, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds.

Why didn’t God hear their cry? Because it was insincere, they were crying out with worldly sorrow, sorry that bad things were happening, but not with Godly sorrow which produces repentance. There is a distinct difference.

Revelation 11:3
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

There is considerable debate as to who these two witnesses are. I am of the belief that they are Moses and Elijah. This seems to make the most sense based on the role they played as prophets in the Old Testament as well as the fact that they appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3).

Revelation 11:9
Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three- and- a- half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.

It is easy to see, given the technology we have now, how it is that all of the world will see these dead bodies for 3 ½ days. No doubt much of these events, and certainly the deaths of these two witnesses will be televised via satellite throughout the world. People will be able to see this event on flat screen televisions throughout the world.

Revelation 11:16-17
And the twenty- four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

I love this picture of all those who have trusted on Jesus worshipping the Lord. He is the one who has always been, is right now and always will be. There will be no anxiety with the present, past, or future. Time will not exist as we now understand it. When it is all over, we will be worshipping God and thanking Him because of what He did and how faithful He was to fulfill His promises.

Jonah, Revelation 10

Jonah 1:3

But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

This was a very foolish thing for Jonah to do. You cannot run away from The Lord. He always knows where we are. The Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh, and Jonah thought He could run from the Lord. We mustn’t ever run from the Lord bur rather always run to the Lord.

Jonah 1:12
And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”

I am sure that Jonah thought to himself, that he would rather be thrown into the sea than face the torment of running from the Lord. When we find ourselves tempted to run from God, all we need to do is repent.

Jonah 1:17
17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

A lot of people think that a whale swallowed Jonah, but there is nothing in the Bible that indicates it was a whale. Further more, skeptics think this is one big ‘fish story’ but the reality is that God prepared the fish, so there could have been a compartment prepared where Jonah could survive.

Jonah 2:10
So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jesus validated this story in making reference to Jonah being in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. He compared it to his death and resurrection. Matthew 12:40, For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Jonah 3:5
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.

Imagine this, the whole city of Nineveh repented and believed in God. How much easier it would have been if Jonah would have obeyed in the first place.

Jonah 4:1
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.

Jonah is quite the character. God uses him in spite of his disobedience and then he has the nerve to get angry with God because Nineveh repented. We must guard our hearts from being angry when others repent, it is sin on us parts and must repent as a result.

Revelation 10:1
1 I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.

I believe this mighty angel is Jesus Christ. Although there are reputable scholars on both sides, those who believe it is a mighty angel, the likes of Gabriel or Michael, and others who take the position that it is Jesus Christ. You can look into it further and come to your own conclusions either position does not change, in any way, what takes place.

Revelation 10:9
So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.”
And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.”

I believe that these verses are speaking to the Word of God and give a clear picture of the power of the word as we take it in. It is not unusual for us to say to someone, “I could not put the book down. It was so good, I devoured it!” In other words, they consumed it, took it in their minds and hearts. We must desire to devour the word of God each and very day. It strengthens and nourishes our soul.

Obadiah, Revelation 9

Obadiah 1:3

The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground? ’

The Bible is clear that pride leads to destruction. There is no escaping it. It is a spiritual truth that cannot be circumvented. There are several books which each speak of the judgment of Edom. Of them all, Obadiah is the most harsh. The Edomites were a nation originating from Esau, the brother of Jacob who sold his birthright for a bowl of stew, despised and judged by God. They were a thorn in the side of Israel for centuries, until their final extinction in 70 AD.

Obadiah 1:10
10 “For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever.

The Bible says that when God forgives, he casts our sins as far as the east is from the west and remembers them no more. This does not mean that He is unaware if sin, but simply that He does not hold it against us. He does however, bear in mind a rebellious heart that shows no desire to repent and deals with it accordingly.

Obadiah 1:13
You should not have entered the gate of My people In the day of their calamity. Indeed, you should not have gazed on their affliction In the day of their calamity, Nor laid hands on their substance In the day of their calamity.

We must guard our hearts from critical thinking about what we think people deserve, or about rejoicing in another’s misfortunes. God alone is the one who determines who, how, and when a person is judged and what they are judged for. The standard must always be His word. It is the only standard which is 100% pure.

Revelation 9:1
1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.

I believe that this “star” which the angel describes is none other than Satan himself unlike the previous mention of stars as objects falling, this particular star is described as “a person” one who was given the key to the bottomless pit. It seems that is is speaking of Satan being cast our of heaven for his desiring to be like God (Isaiah 14:12-15, Luke 10:17-20, Revelation 12:7-9).

Revelation 9:4
They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Those who had the seal of God on their foreheads would represent those who had accepted Christ including those who refused to take the mark of the Beast. One of the reasons it is so important that we tell others about Christ is so that after the rapture they might know these things to be true and come to faith.

Revelation 9:11
And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

Their king no doubt is Satan called the angel of the bottomless pit. Abaddon and Apollyon meaning “destroyer”.