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December 30


Zechariah 13:1-9
1. "At that time a fountain will be opened for the benefit of David's family line. It will also bless the others who live in Jerusalem. It will wash away their sins. It will make them pure and clean.
2. "On that day I will remove the names of other gods from the land. They will not even be remembered anymore," announces the Lord who rules over all. "I will drive the evil prophets out of the land. I will get rid of the spirit that put lies in their mouths.
3. Some people might still prophesy. But their own fathers and mothers will speak to them. They will tell them, 'You must die. You have told lies in the Lord's name.' When they prophesy, their own parents will stab them.
4. "At that time every prophet will be ashamed of his vision. He will no longer pretend to be a true prophet. He will not put on clothes that are made out of hair in order to trick people.
5. In fact, he will say, 'I'm not really a prophet. I'm a farmer. I've farmed the land since I was young.'
6. Suppose someone asks him, 'What are those wounds on your body?' Then he will answer, 'I was given these wounds at the house of my friends.'
7. "My sword, wake up! Attack my shepherd! Attack the man who is close to me," announces the Lord who rules over all. "Strike the shepherd down. Then the sheep will be scattered. And I will turn my hand against their little ones.
8. Here is what will happen in the whole land," announces the Lord. "Two-thirds of the people will be struck down and die. But one-third will be left.
9. I will put that third in the fire. I will make them as pure as silver. I will test them like gold. They will call out to me. And I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people.' And they will say, 'The Lord is our God.' "

Zechariah 14:1-21
1. The day of the Lord is coming. At that time Jerusalem's enemies will steal everything its people have. They will divide it up right in front of them.
2. The Lord will gather all of the nations together. They will fight against Jerusalem. They'll capture the city. Its houses will be robbed. Its women will be raped. Half of the people will be taken away as prisoners. But the rest of them won't be taken.
3. Then the Lord will march out and fight against those nations. He will go to war against them.
4. On that day he will stand on the Mount of Olives. It's east of Jerusalem. It will be split in two from east to west. Half of the mountain will move north. The other half will move south. A large valley will be formed.
5. The people will run away through that mountain valley. It will reach all the way to Azel. They'll run away just as they ran from the earthquake when Uzziah was king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come. All of the holy ones will come with him.
6. There won't be any light on that day. The sun, moon and stars will not shine.
7. It will be a day unlike any other. It won't be separated into day and night. It will be a day known only to the Lord. After that day is over, there will be light again.
8. At that time water that gives life will flow out from Jerusalem. Half of it will run into the Dead Sea. The other half will go to the Mediterranean Sea. The water will flow in summer and winter.
9. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord. His name will be the only name.
10. The whole land south of Jerusalem will be changed. From Geba to Rimmon it will become like the Arabah Valley. But Jerusalem will be raised up. It will remain in its place. From the Benjamin Gate to the First Gate to the Corner Gate nothing will be changed. From the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepress the city will remain the same.
11. People will live in it. Jerusalem will never be destroyed again. It will be secure.
12. The Lord will punish all of the nations that fought against Jerusalem. He'll strike them with a plague. It will make their bodies rot while they are still standing on their feet. Their eyes will rot in their heads. Their tongues will rot in their mouths.
13. On that day the Lord will fill people with great panic. They will grab one another by the hand. And they'll attack each other.
14. Judah will also fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all of the surrounding nations will be collected. Huge amounts of gold, silver and clothes will be gathered up.
15. The same kind of plague will strike the horses, mules, camels and donkeys. In fact, it will strike all of the animals in the army camps.
16. But some people from all of the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will still be left alive. All of them will go up there to worship the King. He is the Lord who rules over all. Year after year they will celebrate the Feast of Booths.
17. Some nations might not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King. If they don't, they won't have any rain.
18. The people of Egypt might not go up there to take part. Then they won't have any rain either. That's the plague the Lord will send on the nations that don't go to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
19. Egypt will be punished. So will all of the other nations that don't celebrate the Feast.
20. On that day holy to the Lord will be carved on the bells of the horses. The cooking pots in the Lord's temple will be just like the sacred bowls in front of the altar for burnt offerings.
21. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be set apart to the Lord. All those who come to offer sacrifices will get some of the pots and cook in them. At that time there won't be any Canaanites in the Lord's temple. He is the Lord who rules over all.

Psalms 149:5-9
5. Let his faithful people be filled with joy because of that honor. Let them sing with joy even when they are lying in bed.
6. May they praise God with their mouths. May they hold in their hands a sword that has two edges.
7. Let them pay the nations back. Let them punish the people of the earth.
8. Let them put the kings of those nations in chains. Let them put their nobles in iron chains.
9. Let them carry out God's sentence against the nations. That will bring glory to all of his faithful people. Praise the Lord.

Proverbs 31:1-9
1. These are the sayings of King Lemuel. His mother taught them to him. She spoke them as if they came from God.
2. She said, "My son! My very own son! The son I prayed for!
3. Don't waste your strength on women. Don't waste it on those who destroy kings.
4. "Lemuel, it isn't good for kings to drink wine. It isn't good for rulers to long for beer.
5. If they do, they might drink and forget what the law commands. They might take away the rights of all those who are beaten down.
6. Give beer to those who are dying. Give wine to those who are sad and troubled.
7. Let them drink and forget how poor they are. Let them forget their suffering.
8. "Speak up for those who can't speak for themselves. Speak up for the rights of all those who are poor.
9. Speak up and judge fairly. Speak up for the rights of those who are poor and needy."

Revelation 20:1-15
1. I saw an angel coming down out of heaven. He had the key to the Abyss. In his hand he held a heavy chain.
2. He grabbed the dragon, that old serpent. The serpent is also called the devil, or Satan. The angel put him in chains for 1,000 years.
3. Then he threw him into the Abyss. He locked it and sealed him in. This was to keep Satan from fooling the nations anymore until the 1,000 years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
4. I saw thrones. Those who had been given authority to judge were sitting on them. I also saw the souls of those whose heads had been cut off because they had given witness for Jesus and because of God's word. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue. They had not received his mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and ruled with Christ for 1,000 years.
5. This is the first resurrection. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were ended.
6. Blessed and holy are those who take part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them. They will be priests of God and of Christ. They will rule with him for 1,000 years.
7. When the 1,000 years are over, Satan will be set free from his prison.
8. He will go out to fool the nations. He will gather them from the four corners of the earth. He will bring Gog and Magog together for battle. Their troops are as many as the grains of sand on the seashore.
9. They marched across the whole earth. They surrounded the place where God's people were camped. It was the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and burned them up.
10. The devil, who fooled them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur. That is where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will all suffer day and night for ever and ever.
11. I saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. When the earth and sky saw his face, they ran away. There was no place for them.
12. I saw the dead, great and small, standing in front of the throne. Books were opened. Then another book was opened. It was the Book of Life. The dead were judged by what they had done. The things they had done were written in the books.
13. The sea gave up the dead that were in it. And Death and Hell gave up their dead. Each of the dead was judged by what he had done.
14. Then Death and Hell were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
15. Anyone whose name was not written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.