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December 27


Zechariah 4:1-13
1. Then the angel who was talking to me returned and woke me up. I was like a person waking up from sleep.
2. Then the angel asked me, "What do you see?" I said, "I see a solid gold lampstand. There are seven lamps on the lampstand, and there is a bowl on top of it. There are seven tubes coming from the bowl. One tube goes to each lamp. {The tubes bring the oil in the bowl to each of the lamps.}
3. There are two olive trees by the bowl, one on the right side and one on the left side. {These trees produce the oil for the lamps.}"
4. Then I asked the angel who was speaking with me, "Sir, what do these things mean?"
5. The angel speaking with me said, "Don't you know what these things are?" "No sir," I said.
6. He said, "This is the message from the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Your help will not come from your own strength and power. No, your help will come from my Spirit.' This is what the Lord All-Powerful says.
7. That tall mountain will be like a flat place for Zerubbabel. He will build the Temple, and when the most important stone is put in place, the people will shout, 'Beautiful! Beautiful!'"
8. The Lord's message to me also said,
9. "Zerubbabel will lay the foundations for my Temple, and he will finish building it. Then you will know that the Lord All-Powerful sent me to you people.
10. People will not be ashamed of the small beginnings, and they will be very happy when they see Zerubbabel with the plumb line, measuring and checking the finished building. Now the seven sides of the stone you saw represent the eyes of the Lord looking in every direction. They see everything on earth."
11. Then I said to him, "I saw one olive tree on the right side of the lampstand and one on the left side. What do those two olive trees mean?"
12. I also said to him, "I saw two olive branches by the gold tubes with gold colored oil flowing from them. What do these things mean?"
13. Then the angel said to me, "Don't you know what these things mean?" I said, "No, sir."

Zechariah 5:1-11
1. I looked up again, and I saw a flying scroll.
2. The angel asked me, "What do you see?" I said, "I see a flying scroll that is 30 feet long and 15 feet wide."
3. Then the angel told me, "There is a curse written on that scroll. On one side of the scroll, there is a curse against thieves and on the other side is a curse against people who lie when they make promises.
4. The Lord All-Powerful says, 'I will send that scroll to the houses of thieves and people who lie when they use my name to make promises. That scroll will settle there and destroy even the stones and wooden posts of their houses.'"
5. The angel who was talking to me went outside and said, "Look! What do you see coming?"
6. I said, "I don't know. What is it?" He said, "That is a measuring bucket." He also said, "That bucket is for measuring the sins of the people in this country."
7. A lid made of lead was lifted off the bucket, and there was a woman in the bucket.
8. The angel said, "The woman represents evil." Then the angel pushed the woman down into the bucket and put the lead lid back on it.
9. Then I looked up and saw two women with wings like a stork. They flew out, and with the wind in their wings, they picked up the bucket. They flew through the air carrying the bucket.
10. Then I asked the angel who was speaking with me, "Where are they carrying the bucket?"
11. The angel told me, "They are going to build a house for it in Shinar. After they build that house, they will put the bucket there."

Zechariah 6:1-15
1. Then I turned around. I looked up and saw four chariots going between two bronze mountains.
2. Red horses were pulling the first chariot. Black horses were pulling the second chariot.
3. White horses were pulling the third chariot, and horses with red spots were pulling the fourth chariot.
4. I asked the angel who was talking with me, "Sir, what does this mean?"
5. The angel said, "These are the four winds. They have just come from the Lord of the whole world.
6. The black horses will go north, the red horses will go east, the white horses will go west, and the horses with red spots will go south."
7. The red spotted horses were anxious to go look at their part of the earth, so the angel told them, "Go walk through the earth." So they went walking through their part of the earth.
8. Then he shouted at me and said, "Look, those horses that were going north finished their job {in Babylon}. They have calmed my spirit; I am not angry now!"
9. Then I received another message from the Lord. He said,
10. "Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah have come from the captives in Babylon. Get silver and gold from these men and then go to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah.
11. Use the silver and gold to make a crown. Put it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak.
12. Then tell him this is what the Lord All- Powerful says: 'There is a man called The Branch. He will grow strong, and he will build the Lord's Temple.
13. He will build the Lord's Temple, and he will receive the honor. He will sit on his throne and be the ruler, and a priest will stand by his throne. These two men will work together in peace.'
14. "They will put the crown in the Temple to be a reminder for Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Zephaniah's son, Josiah. It will help them remember {that the king's power comes from God}.
15. People living far away will come and build the Lord's Temple." Then you will know for sure that the Lord All-Powerful sent me to you people. All these things will happen if you do what the Lord your God says.

Psalms 148:1-6
1. Praise the Lord! Angels above, praise the Lord from heaven!
2. Praise him, all you angels! Praise him, all his army!
3. Sun and moon, praise him! Stars and lights in the sky, praise him!
4. Praise the Lord, highest heaven! Waters above the sky, praise him!
5. Let them praise the Lord's name, because he gave the command and created them all!
6. He made all these continue forever. He made the laws that will never end.

Proverbs 30:24-28
24. There are four things on the earth that are small but very wise:
25. Ants are small and weak, but they save their food all summer;
26. badgers are small animals, but they make their homes in the rocks;
27. locusts have no king, but they are able to work together;
28. lizards are small enough to catch with your hands, but you can find them living in kings' palaces.

Revelation 17:1-18
1. One of the seven angels came and spoke to me. This was one of the angels that had the seven bowls. The angel said, "Come, and I will show you the punishment that will be given to the famous prostitute. She is the one sitting over many waters.
2. The rulers of the earth sinned sexually with her. The people of the earth became drunk from the wine of her sexual sin."
3. Then the angel carried me away by the Spirit to the desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a red beast. The beast was covered with evil names. It had seven heads and ten horns.
4. The woman was dressed in purple and red. She was shining with the gold, jewels, and pearls that she was wearing. She had a golden cup in her hand. This cup was filled with terribly evil things and the filth of her sexual sin.
5. She had a title written on her forehead. This title has a hidden meaning. This is what was written: the great babylon mother of prostitutes and the evil things of the earth
6. I saw that the woman was drunk. She was drunk with the blood of God's holy people. She was drunk with the blood of those who told about their faith in Jesus. When I saw the woman, I was fully amazed.
7. Then the angel said to me, "Why are you amazed? I will tell you the hidden meaning of this woman and the beast she rides—the beast with seven heads and ten horns.
8. The beast you saw was once alive, but now it is not. However, it will come up out of the bottomless pit and go away to be destroyed. The people who live on the earth will be amazed when they see the beast, because it was once alive, is no longer living, but will come again. These are the people whose names have never been written in the book of life since the beginning of the world.
9. "You need wisdom to understand this. The seven heads on the beast are the seven hills where the woman sits. They are also seven rulers.
10. Five of the rulers have already died. One of the rulers lives now, and the last ruler is coming. When he comes, he will stay only a short time.
11. The beast that was once alive but is no longer living is an eighth ruler. This eighth ruler also belongs to the first seven rulers. And he will go away to be destroyed.
12. "The ten horns you saw are ten rulers. These ten rulers have not yet received their kingdom, but they will receive power to rule with the beast for one hour.
13. All ten of these rulers have the same purpose. And they will give their power and authority to the beast.
14. They will make war against the Lamb. But the Lamb will defeat them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings. And with him will be his chosen and faithful followers—the people he has called to be his."
15. Then the angel said to me, "You saw the waters where the prostitute sits. These waters are the many peoples, the different races, nations, and languages in the world.
16. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will take everything she has and leave her naked. They will eat her body and burn her with fire.
17. God put the idea in their minds to do what would complete his purpose. They agreed to give the beast their power to rule until what God has said is completed.
18. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."