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December 2

Daniel 7:1-28
1. During the first year that Belshazzar was king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. He saw these visions while he was lying on his bed, and he wrote what he had dreamed.
2. Daniel said: "I saw my vision at night. In the vision the wind was blowing from all four directions. These winds made the sea rough.
3. I saw four big animals and each one was different from the others. These four animals came up out of the sea.
4. "The first animal looked like a lion, but it had wings like an eagle. As I watched, its wings were torn off. It was helped up from the ground, and it stood up on two feet like a human. Then it was given a human mind.
5. "Then I saw another animal there in front of me that looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, 'Get up and eat all the meat you want!'
6. "After that, I noticed another animal in front of me. It looked like a leopard, but it had four wings on its back. This animal had four heads. It was given authority to rule.
7. "After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there in front of me was a fourth animal. It looked very cruel and terrifying. It looked very strong, with large iron teeth. This animal crushed and ate its victims and walked on whatever was left of them. This fourth animal was different from all the animals I saw before it. This animal had ten horns.
8. "While I was looking at the horns and thinking about them, another horn grew up among them. This was a little horn with eyes like a human. It also had a mouth that was bragging. Then the little horn pulled out three of the other horns.
9. "As I was looking, thrones were put in their places, and the Ancient King sat on his throne. His clothes were as white as snow. His hair was as white as wool. His throne was made from fire, and its wheels were made from flames.
10. A river of fire flowed out from in front of the Ancient King. Millions of people were serving him. Hundreds of millions of people stood in front of him. Court was ready to begin, and the books were opened.
11. "I kept on looking because the little horn was bragging. I kept watching until finally the fourth animal was killed. Its body was destroyed, and it was thrown into the burning fire.
12. The authority and rule of the other animals had been taken from them. But they were permitted to live for a certain period of time.
13. "In my vision at night I looked, and there in front of me was someone who looked like a human being. He was coming on the clouds in the sky. He came up to the Ancient King, and they brought him before him.
14. "The one who looked like a human being was given authority, glory, and complete ruling power. People from every nation and language group will serve him. His rule will last forever. His kingdom will continue forever. It will never be destroyed.
15. "I, Daniel, was confused and worried. The visions that went through my mind bothered me.
16. I went to someone who was standing there and asked him what all this meant. So he explained it to me.
17. He said, 'The four great animals are four kingdoms that will come from the earth.
18. But God's holy people will receive the kingdom, and they will have the kingdom forever and ever.'
19. "Then I wanted to know what the fourth animal was and what it meant. The fourth animal was different from all the other animals. It was very terrible and had iron teeth and bronze claws. It was the animal that crushed and ate its victims and walked on whatever was left.
20. I wanted to know about the ten horns that were on the fourth animal's head and about the little horn that grew there. That little horn pulled out three of the other ten horns. That little horn looked meaner than the other horns and it kept on bragging.
21. As I was watching, this little horn began attacking and making war against God's holy people and killing them.
22. The little horn kept killing God's holy people until the Ancient King came and judged him. The Ancient King announced his decision about the little horn. This judgment helped God's holy people, and they received the kingdom.
23. "And he explained this to me: 'The fourth animal is a fourth kingdom that will come on the earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms. That fourth kingdom will destroy people all around the world. It will walk on and crush nations all around the world.
24. The ten horns are ten kings that will come from this fourth kingdom. After those ten kings are gone, another king will come. He will be different from the kings who ruled before him. He will defeat three of the other kings.
25. This special king will say things against God Most High, and he will hurt and kill God's special people. That king will try to change the times and laws that have already been set. God's holy people will be under that king's power for three and one-half years.
26. "'But the court will decide what should happen, and that king's power will be taken away. His kingdom will end completely.
27. Then God's holy people will rule over the kingdom and all the people from all the kingdoms of earth. This kingdom will last forever, and people from all the other kingdoms will respect and serve them.'
28. "And that was the end of the dream. I, Daniel, was very afraid. My face became very white from fear, and I did not tell the other people what I saw and heard."

Daniel 8:1-27
1. After that vision, I, Daniel, saw another vision during the third year that Belshazzar was king.
2. In the vision I saw that I was in the city of Susa. Susa was the capital city in the province of Elam. I was standing by the Ulai River.
3. I looked up and saw a ram standing at the side of the river. The ram had two long horns. The horns were both long, but one horn was longer than the other horn. The long horn was farther back than the other horn.
4. I watched the ram run into things with its horns. I watched the ram run to the west, to the north, and to the south. No animal could stop the ram, and no one could save the other animals. That ram did whatever it wanted, and it became very powerful.
5. I thought about the ram. While I was watching, I saw a male goat come from the west. It had one large horn that was easy to see. It ran so fast its feet barely touched the ground.
6. The goat came to the ram with the two horns. (This was the ram I had seen standing by the Ulai River.) The goat was very angry and ran at the ram.
7. As I watched, the angry goat ran at the ram and broke both of the ram's horns. The ram could not stop the goat. The goat knocked it to the ground and walked all over it. There was no one to save the ram from the goat.
8. So the goat became very powerful. But after he became strong, his big horn broke off. Then four horns grew in place of the one big horn. Those four horns were easy to see. They pointed in four different directions.
9. Then a little horn grew from one of those four horns. It grew and became very big. It grew toward the southeast, toward the Beautiful Land.
10. The little horn became very big. It grew until it reached the sky. It even threw some of heaven's army to the ground and trampled them.
11. That little horn became very strong, and it turned against God, the Ruler of heaven's army. It stopped the daily sacrifices that were offered to the Ruler. And the holy place where people worshiped the Ruler was pulled down.
12. Because of this the daily sacrifices were stopped. Truth was thrown down to the ground. The little horn did these things and was very successful.
13. Then I heard two holy ones talking with each other. One of them asked the other one, who had been speaking, "How long will the things in this vision last—the stopping of the daily sacrifices, the sin that destroys, and the trampling down of the holy place and heaven's army?"
14. The other holy one said, "This will last for 2300 days. Then the holy place will be repaired."
15. I, Daniel, saw this vision and tried to understand what it meant. While I was thinking about the vision, someone who looked like a man suddenly stood in front of me.
16. Then I heard a man's voice. This voice came from above the Ulai River. The voice called out, "Gabriel, explain the vision to this man."
17. So Gabriel, the angel who looked like a man, came to me. I was very afraid and fell down to the ground. But Gabriel said to me, "Human, understand that this vision is about the time of the end."
18. While Gabriel was speaking, I fell to the ground and went to sleep. It was a very deep sleep. Then Gabriel touched me and lifted me to my feet.
19. He said, "Now, I will explain the vision to you. I will tell you what will happen in the future. Your vision was about the end times.
20. "You saw a ram with two horns. The horns are the countries of Media and Persia.
21. The goat is the king of Greece. The big horn between its eyes is the first king.
22. That horn broke off and four horns grew in its place. The four horns are four kingdoms. Those four kingdoms will come from the nation of the first king, but they will not be as strong as the first king.
23. "When the end is near for those kingdoms, there will be a very bold and cruel king who will be very tricky. This will happen when many people have turned against God.
24. This king will be very powerful, but his power does not come from himself. This king will cause terrible destruction. He will be successful in everything he does. He will destroy powerful people—even God's holy people.
25. "This king will be very smart and tricky. He will use his wisdom and lies to be successful. He will think that he is very important. He will destroy many people, when they least expect it. He will try to fight even the Prince of Princes. But that cruel king's power will be destroyed, and it will not be a human hand that destroys him.
26. "What I said and the vision about those times are true. But seal up the vision, because those things will not happen for a long, long time."
27. I, Daniel, became very weak. I was sick for several days after that vision. Then I got up and went back to work for the king, but I was very upset about the vision. I did not understand what it meant.

Psalms 137:1-6
1. We sat by the rivers in Babylon and cried as we remembered Zion.
2. We hung our harps nearby, there on the willow trees.
3. There in Babylon, those who captured us told us to sing. Our enemies told us to entertain them. They said, "Sing us one of your songs about Zion. "
4. But we cannot sing the Lord's songs in a foreign country!
5. Jerusalem, if I ever forget you, may I never play a song again.
6. If I fail to remember you, may I never sing again. I will always remember Jerusalem as my greatest joy!

Proverbs 29:14-14
14. If a king judges the poor fairly, he will rule for a long time.

2 Peter 3:1-18
1. My friends, this is the second letter I have written to you. I wrote both letters to you to help your honest minds remember something.
2. I want you to remember the words that the holy prophets spoke in the past. And remember the command that our Lord and Savior gave us. He gave us that command through your apostles.
3. It is important for you to understand what will happen in the last days. People will laugh at you. They will live following the evil they want to do.
4. They will say, "Jesus promised to come again. Where is he? Our fathers have died, but the world continues the way it has been since it was made."
5. But these people don't want to remember what happened long ago. The skies were there, and God made the earth from water and with water. All this happened by God's word.
6. Then the world was flooded and destroyed with water.
7. And that same word of God is keeping the skies and the earth that we have now. They are being kept to be destroyed by fire. They are kept for the day of judgment and the destruction of all people who are against God.
8. But don't forget this one thing, dear friends: To the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day.
9. The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He doesn't want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change their ways and stop sinning.
10. But the day when the Lord comes again will surprise everyone like the coming of a thief. The sky will disappear with a loud noise. Everything in the sky will be destroyed with fire. And the earth and everything in it will be burned up.
11. Everything will be destroyed in this way. So what kind of people should you be? Your lives should be holy and devoted to God.
12. You should be looking forward to the day of God, wanting more than anything else for it to come soon. When it comes, the sky will be destroyed with fire, and everything in the sky will melt with heat.
13. But God made a promise to us. And we are waiting for what he promised—a new sky and a new earth. That will be the place where goodness lives.
14. Dear friends, we are waiting for this to happen. So try as hard as you can to be without sin and without fault. Try to be at peace with God.
15. Remember that we are saved because our Lord is patient. Our dear brother Paul told you that same thing when he wrote to you with the wisdom that God gave him.
16. That's what he says in all his letters when he writes about these things. There are parts of his letters that are hard to understand, and some people give a wrong meaning to them. These people are ignorant and weak in faith. They also give wrong meanings to the other Scriptures. But they are destroying themselves by doing that.
17. Dear friends, you already know about this. So be careful. Don't let these evil people lead you away by the wrong they do. Be careful that you do not fall from your strong faith.
18. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory be to him, now and forever! Amen.