Gems 2015 — July 16 Scripture Selection: Psalm 79-80

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

July 16 Scripture Selection: Psalm 79-80

Food for Thought: Ps. 79:1-4

Every time in Israel’s history that there was the type of bloody scene as described in Psalm 79, it was due to her people falling into apostasy, and the consequences were horrendous. It is a scene that repeats itself over and over, with the Great Apostasy depicted in the New Testament, as well, culminating in the book of Revelation. As we read some of the accounts and warnings, let’s keep in mind the words found in Revelation 13:9 :“If anyone has an ear, let him hear,” and those found in Matthew 24:13: “But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Mat. 24:13),” both being admonitions that appear more than once in the descriptions of the events of the last days.

Jesus warns of the horrors to come in Matthew 24. Verses 9 through 14 provides a good summary that compliments today’s selection on the suffering of the saints and their reproach, scorn and derision to the ungodly:

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

As in Matthew 24, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 speaks of the warning not to be deceived by false prophets. It also explains how the holy Temple is defiled and occupied by the “lawless one” who performs signs and other deceptions:

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God… For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Another detailed account of the horrific events which mirrors the previous references can be found in Revelation 13:5-15. While the events described have not yet taken place, things are, indeed, lining up in preparation for them. In fact, II Thessalonians 2: 7 says, “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He (the Body of Christ—my insertion) is taken out of the way.”

In the meantime, the Gospel, the almost-too-good-to-be-true News, is being preached and made available to all the nations (see Mat. 24:14, II Thes. 2:10) so that the names of those who believe will be written in the Book of Life, and they can avoid the “unrighteous deception” and the irreversible consequences that follow for all who will worship him (the evil, lawless one), whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb (Rev. 13:8). “If anyone has an ear, let him hear (Rev. 13:9).”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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