Bible Prophecy in the News
The Meaning of the Number: 1
January 01 – He Calls Thee by Name
January 02 – And As Thy Days So Shall Thy Strength Be
January 03 – What the Bible Say About Hidden Things
January 04 – Faces to Faces – God Met Abraham “Faces to Faces”
January 05 – When You Struggle in Prayer
January 06 – A Crook in the Lot “For Who Can Make Straight, Which He Have Made Crooked?”
January 07 – Mutiny on the Bounty – Have You Ever Lost Your Bible?
January 08 – Moses at the Well – When God Doesn’t Make Sense
January 09 – Periphelion Day – The Day the Earth is the Closest to the Sun
January 10 – St Francis of Assisi & the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Dine Together
January 11 – With Purpose to Reward and Crown Thee
January 12 – It is Good For Thy Soul and Greatly to Thy Advantage…
January 13 – The Book of Remembrances – First mention of “Remember” in the Bible
January 14 – God’s Thoughts Towards us are More Than the Sand of the Sea
January 15 – When Your Cross is Too Hard to Carry
January 16 – As Your Days, So Shall Your Strength Be
January 17 – This Could Be Good, or This Can Be Bad
January 18 – The Robber – What Would the Robber Take From You?
January 19 – God Led Them Not Through the Way… That Was Near… But God led the People…
January 20 – Obeying God’s Call in Your Life and King Henry III of Bavaria
AQUARIUS (The Water-Bearer). The living waters of blessing poured forth for the Redeemed.
January 21 to February 19
1. PISCIS AUSTRALIS (The Southern Fish). The blessings bestowed.
2. PEGASUS (The Winged Horse). The blessings quickly coming.
3. CYGNUS (The Swan). The Blesser surely returning.
January 21 – Forgotten Riches – An Art Collector’s Obsession with Finding a Rare Artifact
January 22 – King David’s 3 D People – In Debt, Destitute or in Despair?
January 23 – Teach Me to Number My Days
January 24 – First Mentions in the Bible – The Law of First Mentions (Jan)
January 25 – What Can You Take Into Eternity? – A Shipwrecked Sailor Becomes a King
January 26 – All Things and Nothing January 27 – Despise Not the Days of Small Things
January 28 – As in the Days of Noah, So Shall it Be in the Days of the Coming of the Son of Man
January 29 – The Cobbler and the King – King Disguises Himself to Understand His People
January 30 – The Witness of Telemacus – 4th Century Monk and the Last Gladiator Fight
January 31 – When God is Silent in Your Life
The Meaning of the Number: 1
The number 1 is of great significance in all languages it always stands for unity.
The number 1 is indivisible and is not made up of other numbers, this shows its self-sufficiency. It is also the source of all other numbers. The same is with the God; God is self-sufficient, independent and is the source of all.
In the Bible it is written “Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God, is ONE Lord”. Thus, number 1 is the number of the God and the Bible denies the existence of another God. Number 1 is God’s number.
The first commandment among the 10 Commandments says “Thou shalt have no other Gods”.
The number one occurs 1898 times in the Bible.
These are the first words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew
And Jesus answering said unto him,
Suffer it to be so now: for thus
it becometh us to fulfil all
righteousness. Then he suffered him
The World English Bible translates the passage as:
But Jesus, answering, said to him,
"Allow it now, for this is the
fitting way for us to fulfill all
righteousness." Then he allowed him.
January 01 Devotional
“and as thy days, so shall thy strength be….” – Deuteronomy 33:25
It’s hard for us to see from our human finite perspective that God looks at our lives from His Eternal perspective the things that we struggle with and worry over in our daily lives. Here, in this verse, “and as thy days, so shall thy strength be….” (Deut 33:25), God is telling us that He knows the number of our days and has given us the strength we will need to make it through this life. For the Christian this should encourage and strengthen us in our trials.
God wants you to be patient when the suffering(s) of this life come. “Let patience have her perfect work.” – James 1:4. He knows the strength you will need for this day and says that these sufferings we will experience in this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18). Suffering has an Eternal value in the life of a Christian. God uses sufferings for your Eternal benefit. The Book of Psalms tells us that our lives are like a “Poema” being written by the Master’s hand as we live through the up and down stanzas in this life. Like any great poem, low verses express the depths of despair in a person’s journey and are always followed by a high verse on how God in His strength delivered us from our despair with His right hand.
God wants you to be strong and courageous and His witness in this generation. He knows your struggles and weaknesses and the sin that so easily besets us (Heb 12:1). He makes available to us the strength we will need to make it through the ups and downs in this life. God wastes nothing and has a purpose in all things. He will use this struggle you are currently experiencing not only to strengthen you, but to strengthen others who witness your struggle and deliverance.
The Bible says we, “go from strength to strength…” (Psalm 84:7). Be encouraged, He has set aside the strength you will need for all the days of your life. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Seek His Eternal perspective and you will be strengthened to endure your trial for God’s glory.
“Now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” – 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
– 1 Corinthians 16:23
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
– 2nd Corinthians 12:0
"God anticipates our needs, and out of the fullness which He has treasured up Christ Jesus. You can trust Him for all the necessities that can occur, for He has infallibly foreknow every one of them. God has marked with prescient eye all the requirements of His poor wandering children, and when those needs occur, supplies are ready. Plead the promise, believe it, and obtain its fulfillment. No Pinch shall ever arrive in your spiritual affairs in which Jesus Christ shall not be equal to the emergency, for your history has all been foreknown and provided for in Jesus."
– Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) known as the “Prince of Preachers”
Photo Credit: Riviere, Briton; Daniel in the Lion’s Den; Walker Art Gallery; artuk.org/artworks/daniel-in-the-lions-den-97646
January 03 Devotional
January 04 Devotional
"I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer." – Psalm 17:6
A story is told in the Pateric, an authentic book of Christian tradition, about a young monk who was very pious, but weak in temptations. Whenever he prayed, he was like an angel. But soon after finishing his prayer, he fell again into sin, after which, deeply burdened by remorse, he returned to the church and didn’t cease praying, until he felt God’s forgiveness. And immediately he fell again into sin.
Then he prayed again… and so on. In this way his life was a constant zig zag between prayer and sin. One day he committed a “bigger” sin than usual. Horrified at his deed he went again to the church, and prostate in front of the altar, begged for forgiveness. At that moment, he saw the doors of heaven open and Jesus Himself appear to him.
Immediately Satan appeared also, saying to the Savior, “You cannot possibly forgive this man now!”
“Who are you to stop Me?” Jesus asked.
”Is not all power in earth and in heaven mine?” Satan insisted, “How can You possibly forgive this one who runs to sin immediately after his prayer? He constantly goes from me to You, from You to me.”
“Not at all!” replied Jesus. “He turns from you and comes to Me, from you to Me. After all, whenever he goes from prayer to sin, you receive him! So why shouldn’t I receive him even this time? And from now on, not only will I receive him, but I will also give him the power against sin.” Indeed, from that on, the monk became a model of piety and holiness.
Feel yourself zig zagging in your prayer life today? Jesus lived in this flesh and knows our struggles and it is He who saves His people from their sin.
Feel yourself zig zagging in your prayer life today? Jesus lived in this flesh and knows our struggles and it is He who saves His people from their sin.
“God doesn’t answer prayer, He answers DESPERATE prayer.”
~ Leonard Ravenhill (Christian Evangelist, Preacher 1907-1994
“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
– John Bunyan (English Writer Preacher 1832-1905)
“All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them.“
– Hudson Taylor (Missionary to China 1832-1905)
January 06 Devotional
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” – Mark 13:31
One of the most dramatic examples of the Bible’s divine ability to transform men and women involved the famous, “Mutiny on the Bounty.” Following their rebellion against the notorious Captain Bligh, nine mutineers, along with the Tahitian men and women who accompanied them, found their way to Pitcairn Island. The island, a tiny dot in the South Pacific, was only two miles long and a mile wide.
Ten years later, drink and fighting had left only one man alive–John Adams. Eleven women and 23 children made up the rest of the Island’s population. This, so far, is the familiar story made famous in the book and motion picture. But the rest of the story is even more remarkable.
Adams came across the Bounty’s Bible in the bottom of an old chest. He began to read it, and the divine power of God’s Word reached into the heart of the hardened murderer on that tiny volcanic speck in the vast in the Pacific Ocean, and changed his life forever. The peace and love that Adams found in the Bible entirely replaced the old life of quarreling, brawling, and liquor. He began to teach the children from the Bible until every person on the island had experienced the same amazing change that he had found. Today, with a population of slightly less than 100, nearly every person on Pitcairn Island is a Christian.
Kierkegaard said that most of us read the Bible the way a mouse tries to remove the cheese from the trap without getting caught. Some of us have mastered that. “We read the story as though it were about someone else a long time ago; that way we don’t get caught. But if we see the Bible as the story of the triumph of God’s grace, the story of God searching for us, then look out. The story will come alive. God will find us and we will know that we are found.
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“I study my Bible like I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf. I search the Bible as a whole like shaking the whole tree. Then I shake every limb–study book after book. Then I shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters. Then I shake every twig, or a careful study of the paragraphs and sentences and words and their meanings.”
– Martin Luther
“If you see a Bible that is falling apart, it probably belongs to someone who isn’t!”
– Vance Havner (American Writer, Preacher 1901-1986
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
– Mark 13:31
“The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.”
– Psalm 68:11
“It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing…” – Proverbs 25:2
A legend says that Moses once sat near a well in meditation. A wayfarer stopped to drink from the well, and when he did so, his purse fell from his girdle onto the sand. The man departed without realizing that he left it behind.
Shortly afterwards, another man passed by the well, saw the purse and picked it up and left. Later, a third man stopped to assuage his thirst and went to sleep in the shadow of the well. Meanwhile, the first man had discovered that his purse was missing. Assuming that he lost it at the well, he returned, awoke the sleeper (who of course knew nothing), and demanded his money back. An argument followed, and irate, the first man slew the latter.
Where upon Moses said to God, “You see, therefore why men don’t believe in you. There is too much evil and injustice in the world. Why should the first man have lost his purse and become a murderer? Why should the second have gotten a full purse without working for it? The third was completely innocent; why was he slain?”
God answered, “For once and only once I will give you an explanation, although I can not do it with every step of your life. The first man was a thief’s son. The purse contained money stolen from the father of the second, who, finding the purse, only found what was due him. The third was a murderer whose crime had never been revealed and who received from the first the punishment that he deserved.”
"In the future believe that there is sense and righteousness in what transpires when you do not understand.”
– 100 Prison Meditations, by Richard Wurmbrand (Romanian Christian Pastor 1909-2001)
There will be times in your life when God doesn’t seem to make sense. It is in these times that you must yield to the path that God has put you on. It is here where our faith is made stronger. Things we see with our eyes are not always what is really happening from an eternal perspective.
<>–On Asking Why–<>
For What Purpose Lord?
The word “why” does not exist in the Hebrew language. It can only be translated “For what purpose?” Learn to take your “Why Lord?” questions and replace them with, “For what purpose Lord?” – I think when we ask in this manner we will understand more of what God has for us.
“The heart of the Gospel is that we must die with Christ in order to live with Him. And that means signing over to God our desires, our dreams, our hurts. All that we are, or will be.“
~ Keith Green Christian Singer, Evangelist 1953-1982
Photo Credit: nbcnews.com – Moses Receiving the 10 Commandments
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3
The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, after having defeating the Arabs in Sicily, learned that Francis of Assisi was passing through the city. Frederick invited him to his palace to show him the wealth and extravagance in which he lived, the sumptuous table, the servants’ glittering uniforms, the golden dishes in which rich food was served, and the abundance of singers.
All were being merry, but Francis of Assisi was silent. The emperor asked him, “Francis, what are you thinking about?”
“Sire,” replied Francis, “I am thinking about Brother Massiliu and how happy he must be right now that he can pray alone in the forest.”
After a period of silence, the emperor asked him again, what he thought about at that moment, Francis said, “I am thinking how happy Brother Ageu,who is nursing a leper man, and how happy he must be.”
A third time, when asked anew, Francis answered, “How happy Brother Bernard is. Right now he is helping a widow clean her barn and then, in the evening, he will give instructions to her children in the teachings of Jesus.”
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand who spent 14 years in Communists prisons tells that the particular virtue of “poverty in spirit” controls the whole happiness of human nature:
“Those who have it are happy. Those who do not have it will seek happiness in vain. Blessed are those who do not need any possessions, they are happier than those who possess them tightly in their hands, as if those things were indispensable for life. Living in a “poverty of spirit” you know how to be happy in your present state or in the simple tasks entrusted to you, enduring everything without complaining. The poor in spirit are those who do not have anything of their own human spirit.
They are the ones who receive God’s Spirit and understand properly the Holy Scripture. This is what I can tell you about the meaning of ‘poor in spirit,‘ and I pray these explanations may be rightly understood and profitable for you. The poor in spirit are those who do not have anything of their own.”
“Study always to have Joy, for it befits not the servant of God to show before his brother or another sadness or a troubled face.”
– St. Francis of Assisi
Where there is doubt, let me sow faith…
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is sadness, ever joy
Grant that I may not so much
Seek to be consoled, as to console
To be understood, as to understand…
To be loved, as to love.
— St. Francis of Assisi (c.1181-1226)
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January 11 Devotional
January 11 Devotional
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” – Malachi 3:16
The first time we see the word “Remember” mentioned in the Scriptures, is in this verse in (Malachi 3:16), where we see God telling us that He will “Remember” His covenant with man and that the “Waters shall no more become a flood and destroy all flesh.”
The last mention of the word “Remember” is in Revelation 3:3, where Jesus warns us to “Remember what thou hast received and heard and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
It is interesting to me that God chose to put these remembrances into a book (Mal 3:16). This verse tells us that the Book of Remembrance has people who feared (reverently trusted) the LORD, and those that thought upon his name.
Not much is written about the Book of Remembrances in any literature. Perhaps this book will be open to us throughout all Eternity as a testimony to His working in our lives.
Another cross reference to this book is found in Exodus 32:32 “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”
There are other obscure books mentioned in the Bible that we have little or no information about like the Book of Jasher referred to in 2 Sam 1:18 “Also he bade them teach the children of Judah [the use of] the bow: behold, [it is] written in the book of Jasher.”
Another of these books is the “Book of Wars” referred to in Num 21:14 “Wherefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon.”
In Psalm 56:8 we are told about the “Book of Tears” “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they] not in thy book?”
This existence of a Book of Remembrance should teach us that God values those that think about Him and that He never forgets his promises to us. The word “Remember” occurs 148 times in the Scriptures, and the word “Remembrance” occurs 53 times. It is a worthy task to look up the different references in these words in the Scriptures. One notable example is to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exd 20:8). No doubt, there will be interesting reading in heaven as we learn what He wrote about us.
God must have known that throughout the ages His people would need to be reminded about His covenant with us. He knew about our human propensity to be distracted by this world’s lures and pleasures. He know that as His second coming got closer, people would be preoccupied with their lives and would again need to be reminded to “Watch” for they would not know what hour Jesus would come upon them.
Some of us living today may see the Second Coming, but for others there is a day when they will hear the words, “This night thy soul shall be required of thee” (Luke 12:20). What would God have you remember today? Will it be our wins and trophies? Will it be the how much money we have, or the house we live in? Remember this.., are you listening? The only thing you will take from this Earth with you is your remembrances, your experiences, and those with whom you have shared Christ.
<>–THE PROMISES OF GOD…–<>
“Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pledged before Him with this reasonable request: Do as Thou hast said.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon.”
“If you were to spend a month feeding on the precious promises of God, you would not be going about with your heads hanging down like bulrushes, complaining how poor you are; but you would lift up your heads with confidence, and proclaim the riches of His grace because you could not help it.”
– Dwight L. Moody
<>–ROSES IN DECEMBER–<>
“God gave us memories so we would have roses in December.”
– James M. Barrie,
<>–THE MEMORY OF JOHN NEWTON–<>
It was the remark of John Newton, (Writer of the hymn, Amazing Grace), when his memory had almost completely gone, that he could never orget two things: 1. That he was a great sinner; 2. That Jesus Christ was a great and mighty Savior.
“Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.” – Psalm 25:7
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.” – Psalm 139:17, 18
One of my favorite illustrations on God’s thoughts towards us for children is to get a small clear bag, fill it with about an inch of sand, toss it at them, and say, “Count that for me!”
They look at me with such varied looks on their young faces, like, “Are you kidding?” or “That’s impossible!” “No one could count that!” " My response is always to ignore them for a minute or two, and then ask in a challenging voice, “Are you going to count that or not?”
Then, I like take the bag, hold it up for them, show them the different shapes, sizes, and colors of the sand, and ask, “How long do you think it would take for you to count the sand?” As they re-examine the bag of sand, I open my Bible to Psalm 139:17, 18; “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.”
The bag of sand suddenly takes on a new meaning as they examine the different shapes and colors in the bag of sand. I like to point out the literal translation of the ‘seven’ Hebrew words used in this verse to describe God’s thoughts towards us.
How “precious” (1- prized – valued – costly), also are thy “thoughts” (2- purposes – aim), unto me, O God? How “great” (3-increased or mightily), is the “sum” (4- literally the head, top, summit, upper most part), of them! If I should “count” (5-scribe – write – declare) them, they are more in “number” (6-multiply – increased), than the “sand” (7-formed – pain – travail – calve – literally how the sand was formed by its wear and tear) when I awake, I am still with Thee.
Stop for a moment an imagine God, the Eternal One, having thoughts towards you at this very moment. What an awesome thought to understand that our God thinks about each one of us more than all the sand in the sea each day. The next time you’re near an ocean, grab a handful of sand, hold it in palm of your hand, and notice all different shapes, sizes, colors, and “thoughts” for up close for yourself. Take a look how far the beach extends, and how many beaches of sand are on the Earth and think about these seven words used in Psalm 139.
It is amazing what a small bag of sand can do for a curious child or even a curious adult. What an awesome thing to contemplate that God thinks of you more than the sand of the seas and every hair on our head is numbered.
When you struggle in this life, always remember, God’s ways are not your ways. He is an Eternal being, with an Eternal perspective of what is best for you at this time in your life.
<>—KNOWING GOD’S THOUGHTS—<>
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”
– Isaiah 55:8-9
Sir Isaac Newton, after his many discoveries in science, said,
“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself, I seem only ike a boy playing upon the seashore, and diverting myself by now and then finding a pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lies all undiscovered before me.”
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“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24
Ever complain about your cross in life? A Christian once complained to God that his cross was too hard to carry and would prefer to have a different one. God took him to His storehouse of crosses and told him, “You are free to choose whatever cross you like.” The man walked around the vast storehouse and saw many different crosses. There was one that was golden and beautiful, but also very heavy. Another was light, but rugged, and was apt to wound one’s shoulder. He continued looking around the storehouse until he discovered in the corner, a cross, which he thought, would suit him. God granted his request and invited him to examine it more closely.
“Have a better look at it.” God said. The man looked back at the cross he had chosen only to realize it was the cross which he had originally received from God.
A cross is always difficult to bear in life and with closer examination, perfectly fitted for a particular Christian. Why does God allow such “crosses” in our lives? God uses the very crosses we carry in this life to teach us life lessons. I have cried out to God many times for Him to take away a particular cross in my life, only to realize later in life that He was teaching me something of far more value than I could understand or possibly bear at the time. Perhaps the answers too many of our questions are in the very cross that we carry today.
Edith Stein had been a secularized Jew in Germany during World War II, a woman whom Judaism meant nothing. When she became a Christian, she learned to value her Jewish heritage. As a Jewish Christian, she expressed her heartfelt desire in one sentence: “I wish to be a martyr for the church, for Carmel, my Jewish people, Germany, and all those whom God had given me.” Along with 987 other Jews, she was sent to Auschwitz death camp in 1942. She and three of her sisters were killed, among hundreds of others. Yet, through her cross, Edith had found the voice of her heritage, and her God.
Edith was said to have had two sayings that she often repeated during her difficult times: “God sometimes hides Himself from us in order that we might experience the joy of being found.” and, “Sober thinking is also an exquisite manner of worship.”
The cross you carry today may seem too difficult for you to carry, but by embracing it, you may find the very thing that has eluded you for most of your life. Through the path of the cross, you will come to experience the true image of God intervening in your life, just beyond your human perception. It is well for our souls to heed the words of the One who bore our shame on His cross, when He says to us “Take up your cross and follow me.”
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being little. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundation of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.
– St. Augustine
“Victories hard won many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.”
– C. H. Spurgeon
“His brow was crowned with thorns; do we then seek rosebuds for our crowning?”
– Amy Carmichael
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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!