Bible Prophecy in the News
The Meaning of the Number: 4
April 01 – The Quiddity of Life
April 02 – Bent in the Womb
April 03 – On Widows
April 04 – On Orphans
April 05 – On Exposing Evil
April 06 – Preach the Gospel When its Convenient or Inconvenient
April 07 – Instruction is Better than Silver, Wisdom is Better than Gold
April 08 – Hosanna in the Highest
April 09 – He Measured the Oceans in Crevice of His Hand
April 10 – “Give us Barabbas!”
April 11 – For the Suffering(s) of This Life are Not to be Compared
April 12 – The Writing on the Wall – Daniel – You Have Been Weighed and Found Wanting
April 13 – How to Cover a Multitude of Sins
April 14 – A Hedge of Thorns – “Have You Considered My Servant Job?”
April 15 – A Man’s Last Words, The Titanic, and the Icy Waters of the Atlantic Sea
April 16 – The Disgruntled Workers – The Master of the Vineyard Pays His Workers
April 17 – When Bombs Go Off
April 18 – All Scripture is God Breathed
April 19 – Every Purpose Under the Son
April 20 – Two Shiny Quarters – Father Gives His Son 2 Shiny Quarters
TAURUS (The Bull). Messiah coming to rule. April. 20–May 20
1. ORION, Light breaking forth in the person of the Redeemer.
2. ERIDANUS (The River of the Judge). Wrath breaking forth for His enemies.
3. AURIGA (The Shepherd). Safety for the Redeemed in the day of that wrath.
April 21 – Given a New Name in Heaven
April 22 – The Judgment Seat of Christ – The Judgment of Unbeliever
April 23 – Faith in Uncertain Times
April 24 – The Bema Seat of Christ – Judgment of Believer
April 25 – “I Will Require Their Blood on Your Hands”
April 26 – Do Not Be Surprised at the Pain Trial
April 27 – The Shortest Verse in the Bible
April 28 – Hope Which is Laid up For You in Heaven
April 29 – The Hand of God
April 30 – It is the Glory of God to Hide a Thing
The Meaning of the Number: 4
The number 4 represents God's creative works associated with the earth:
Four lunar phases
Four rivers flowed out of Eden (Genesis 2:10)
Four consonants formed God's Divine Name YHWH
Four cherubim (Genesis 3:22-24; Ezekiel 1:10)
Four heavenly creatures surround God's heavenly throne. (Revelation 4:6-8)
Four directions N, S, E, W. with four Angels keeping watch at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the world (Revelation 7:1)
Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:29)
“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
C. S. Lewis, (1898-1963) the prolific Irish writer, scholar, and teacher at Oxford University was a renowned apologist writer that used logic and philosophy to support the tenets of his Christian faith. He best known for his ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ fantasy series and his pro-Christian quotes. One of my favorite words that C. S. Lewis used in his writings is the old English word, Quiddity.
C.S. Lewis wrote that, “To surrender to the Quiddity of life–which means, to surrender to whatever life sends you–can be an adventure of unexpected and neglected delight. The commonplace becomes quite startling and marvelous when one actually pays attention to it and forgets oneself.”
Have you ever been going along in life when all of sudden…an opportunity or adventure presented itself to you in such a way that it required all of your attention, to the point where you even forgot the direction you were going in the first place?
The element of quiddity can be found in such an event like waking up Christmas morning with the anticipation and excitement of new gifts under the tree. When life brings us quiddity, it is always presented in a fun and adventurous light. It allows us to see beyond the gift and recognize the Giver (God).
Lewis believed that simple everyday life, always presents us with countless opportunities to have fun if we would only look for them. By surrendering to our circumstances, we may catch a glimpse, or hint, of the mystery beyond this world. It allows the Holy Spirit to enter into our lives and lead us in a divine path, away from the world and our own insecurities, leaving that force that demands that we somehow maintain some sort of “control” over our lives. Enjoying the Quiddity of life means seeing the humor in our unfortunate circumstances. Lewis wrote in his books to look for the fun life, and while your at it you will probably find some meaning in it and something to be thankful for.
In this life there will always be setbacks and struggles. Let us take the time to look carefully at our circumstances, for we may find Quiddity starring back at us, inviting us to come along and experience an adventure of an unexpected delight.
“I did not say to myself, ‘Let us represent Jesus as he really is in our world by a lion in Narnia.’ I said, ‘Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as he became a man in our world, became a lion there, and then imagine what would happen.’ ”
– C.S. Lewis
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
– C. S. Lewis
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
– C. S. Lewis
“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
– C. S. Lewis
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
– C. S. Lewis
“If any cleric or monk speaks jocular words, such as provoke laughter. Let him be anathema.” – Ordinance, Second Council of Constance, 1418
April 02 Devotional
April 03 Devotional
April 04 Devotional
April 5 Devotional
April 06 Devotional
April 08 Devotional
April 09 Devotional
“And they cried out all at once, saying, away with this [man], and release unto us Barabbas.” – Luke 23:18:30
In the Book of Matthew 27:17 the people were gathered together and “Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?”
If it were possible to take you back 2000 years ago, just days prior to the crucifixion of Jesus, to the day when He was brought before Pilate, we would witness the release of a prisoner, whom the Bible describes as the one named Barabbas, “… bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.” The book of Matthew records that Pilate had both men stand before the multitude and asked the crowd to decide which man he would release unto them, as was the custom.
Pilate yelled out to the crowd, “Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus, which is called Christ?
The crowd cried out, “Give us Barabbas.” In Matthew 27:26 it is recorded in the Bible that Pilate then released Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered [him] to be crucified.
What is not seen by the casual reader looking at the events of this day is that we, the crowd, had a choice between, “Jesus, the Son of the Father,” and Barabbas, which translated means, “The son of the Father.” “Bar,” means “Son of” and “Abba” meaning “Father.”
In Aramaic dialect spoken in that of that day you would have heard the crowd actually screaming both, “Give us the Son of the Father!” “Give us the son of the Father!”
You have to wonder if the irony of this situation didn’t escape those screaming in the crowd and the religious leaders in the Sanhedrin who did understand what was being shouted. You can’t help but recognize the counterfeit here, the Son of the heavenly, divine, creator, Father of the Universe, or the lower case “son” of an unknown father of the earth.
Another interesting play on words during the Crucifixion of Christ is recorded in Matthew 27:46, which reads, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani.’ that is to say, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Here exists the possibility in the Aramaic language, in which SABACHTHANI, a homonym, has a double meaning and can also be translated, “How much have you glorified me?”
God, in His infinite wisdom, speaks the truth in each situation. Understood or not by the onlookers of the day, or even by modern Bible day readers, God has spoken His truth out in both words and deeds. The secrets, or treasures, hidden in God’s word are available to us today. Let us not forget that even when we feel forsaken and abandoned by God, He is working behind the scenes to bring His glory to your circumstances.
“Surely we must pray in words, but let us not neglect silent prayer. The soul becomes quiet wax, waiting for God to impress on it His word.”
– Frances de Sales (1567-1622) Bishop of Geneva
<>–ONLY ONE LIFE–<>
“Only One Life will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I’m dying, how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”
– C. T. Studd (1860-1931) Missionary to China, India and Africa
April 11 Devotional
April 12 Devotional
April 13 Devotional
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” – Ezekiel 22:30
One of the more fascinating dialogues in the Bible is found in the book of Job, where God asks Satan the question, “Hast thou considered my servant Job?” (Job 1:8).
The word “Considered” in this verse is a military term in the Hebrew. God is asking have you “Considered” (looked for a way to attack him) as a military commander would look for the weak-nesses in an encampment. Satan’s answer (Job 1:10) is also an interesting question, “Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?”
Satan was complaining that God had put up a “Hedge” around Job to protect him. Can you hear God asking, “Have you considered my servant (your name here)?”
Another interesting place in the Bible where we see this same word “Hedge” used is in Hosea 2:6, where God instructs the prophet Hosea to pray a “Hedge” around his runaway wife (Gomer).
“Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.”
The result of Hosea’s prayer for a hedge around his wife was that all of Gomer’s lovers had lost their desire for her. God had dried up vineyards, dried up her finances, and every direction that she turned, was walled up around her. Later in this story, we see his wife Gomer being auctioned off as a slave, naked and broken. What happens next is an amazing. God tells Hosea to go purchase her. Here we see an insightful illustration of God’s love played out by Hosea in which he not only married her, but bought her with a price. Does that story sound familiar? Did not Christ say we are His bride and that we are bought with a price?
The word “Hedge” occurs nine times in the Scriptures. The description of the “Hedge” here is an impenetrable thorny hedge that is thick and tall with rounded sharp edges that are impossible to go through. This “Hedge,” is sometimes used in Scripture to describe a barrier or boundary, sometimes of live plants such as thorny bush as written in (Micah 7:4; Hosea 2:6), and used to protect vineyards in (Mark 12:1 Matt 21:33), and to mark off roads and fields in (Luke 14:23). But the “Hedge” used in this verse is an impenetrable thorny hedge.
Another interesting verse where the word “Hedge” is used is in Ecclesiastics 10:8, “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” In those days it was common for a hedge/stone wall to have serpents living in the crevices as a deterrent for people wanting to penetrate their wall of defense.
As the days get more and more uncertain, and we hear of wars and rumors of wars every day in the headlines we need to pray for salvation and a thorn of hedges around those we love. The world seeks to entice them with the pleasures of the flesh. This story gives us insight into how Satan attacks God’s people. He looks for our weaknesses the same way a military commander would look to defeat an enemy. Let this be a wakeup call to pray for our family and friends that have no one praying for a “hedge” around them.
<>—AND WHEN YOU PRAY—<>
“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work, Prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
– Samuel Chadwick (1786-1757) Wesleyan Methodist minister.
God does not give me all I ask,
Nor answer as I pray;
But, O. my cup is brimming o’er
With blessings day by day.
How oft the joy I thought withheld
Delight my longing eyes,
And so I thank Him from my heart
For what His love denies.
Sometimes I miss a treasured link
In friendship’s hallowed chain,
And yet His smile is my reward
For every throb of pain.
I look beyond, where purer joys
Delight my longing eye;
And so I thank Him from my heart
For what His love denies.
How tenderly He leadeth me
When earthly hopes dim;
And when I falter by the way,
He bids me lean on Him.
He lifts my soul and above the clouds
Where friendship never dies;
And so I thank Him from my heart
For what His love denies.
– Recently discovered unpublished poem by Donald Hustad. (1918-2013) Composer, musician and teacher.
“Death is Swallowed up in Victory” – 1 Corinthians 15:54
It was on April 15th, 1912 that the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean at 2:20 AM. It has been 100 years since Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, killing more than 1,500 passengers yet little is known of one story that involves a heroic pastor and his passion to save lives and souls.
When the Evangelist John Harper and 6 year old daughter boarded the Titanic they were headed to preach at the Moody Church in Chicago, named for its famous founder Dwight L. Moody.
When the Titanic hit an iceberg, Harper successfully led his daughter to a lifeboat. Harper ran person to person, passionately telling others about Christ. As the water began to submerge the Titanic, Harper was heard shouting, “women, children, and the unsaved into the lifeboats.”
The Titanic disappeared beneath the deep frigid waters leaving hundreds of people in the icy waters with no realistic chance for rescue.
At a Christian conference in Switzerland, an old man gave his testimony. He told how he had been on the Titanic, which went down in the north Atlantic with some 2,200 passengers on board. He had been 1 of the 700 who survived.
He told the story how he found himself struggling in the cold sea water to stay afloat. Near him swam the American evangelist, Harper, who asked him, “Are you saved? Think about your soul.”
With this, Harper sank under a wave of the icy sea, then after a few seconds reappeared. Again he asked, “Are you prepared to appear before the Lord?”
The man replied, “I don’t know how to get saved.” Harper told him,
“These were Harper’s last words,” continued the old man. “I watched as he succumbed to the rigors of the icy Atlantic. A boat finally picked me up. I am Harper’s last convert.”
When the Titanic set sail there were 3 classes of passengers listed. Yet immediately after the disaster, the White Star Line in Liverpool, England placed a list of passengers on a board outside its office with only 2 classes of passengers reading, KNOWN TO BE SAVED and KNOWN TO BE LOST.
As the day of our Lord’s return gets nearer we see the earth sinking in an ocean sin and depravity. The Evangelist Harper spent his last moments giving hope to the perishing. Be open to the Lord bringing people in your life that are not saved. You never know if the words you share with them will the last words they hear before stepping into Eternity.
“Those people, who did the greatest things for God, weren’t really trying at all. They were just being obedient.”
– Rich Mullins 1956-1997 (Christian Singer Song Writer)
Alexander the Great left orders that when he was carried to the grave, his hands should not be wrapped in the specially treated clothes used by the embalmers of that day, but rather be exposed to view so that all might see that they were empty!
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, for what he cannot lose.”
– Jim Elliot (1927-1956 ~ Missionary murdered by the Iriqui Indians. Written in his journal at age 22:
<>–A 100 YEARS FROM NOW–<>
A Hundred Years from Now What Will Matter Then?
It will not make any difference friend, a hundred years from now, if you live in a stately mansion or a floating river scow;
If the clothes you wear are tailor made, or put together somehow, if you eat big steaks, or beans and cakes a hundred years from now,
It won’t matter your bank account, or what make of car you drive, for the grave will claim all your riches and fame, and the things for which you strive,
There’s a deadline we all must meet, and no one will show up late, it won’t matter all the places you’ve been, each one will keep that date,
We will only have in eternity what we give away on earth, when we go to the grave we can only save the things of eternal worth,
What matters friend the earthly gain, for which some men will bow, for your destiny will be sealed you see, a hundred years from now.
How Can I Be Saved?
You’ve probably seen John 3:16 posted somewhere on a sign, written on a freeway overpass, at a concert, at a sporting event, or even read to you as a little child. This verse is a simple one. There are 20 monosyllables (single words) in the verse. The Gospel is meant to be simple for everyone!
Be sure of your Salvation. Right now, and pray this simple prayer with a sincere heart...
“Lord, forgive me for my sins. I confess that I am a sinner. Come into my heart and make me the person you created me to be. I receive your gift of pardon through Jesus dying for me on the cross to save me. – Amen”
It was once determined in a court of law that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. There is a true story about a man that refused his pardon. A judge ruled that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. When you prayed that prayer and accepted God’s pardon for your sins, you became a new creation in Christ.
The Bible teaches that you are saved by faith through Jesus. Grow in the Grace that was just given to you, seek God in His word (The Bible) and go out tell somebody!