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December 27


Zechariah 4:1-13
1. Then the angel who had been talking with me returned and woke me, as though I had been asleep.
2. "What do you see now?" he asked. I answered, "I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl of oil on top of it. Around the bowl are seven lamps, each one having seven spouts with wicks.
3. And I see two olive trees, one on each side of the bowl."
4. Then I asked the angel, "What are these, my lord? What do they mean?"
5. "Don't you know?" the angel asked. "No, my lord," I replied.
6. Then he said to me, "This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.
7. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel's way; it will flatten out before him! Then Zerubbabel will set the final stone of the Temple in place, and the people will shout: `May God bless it! May God bless it!'"
8. Then another message came to me from the LORD:
9. "Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me.
10. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand. For these seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world."
11. Then I asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees on each side of the lampstand,
12. and what are the two olive branches that pour out golden oil through two gold tubes?"
13. "Don't you know?" he asked. "No, my lord," I replied.

Zechariah 5:1-11
1. I looked up again and saw a scroll flying through the air.
2. "What do you see?" the angel asked. "I see a flying scroll," I replied. "It appears to be about thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide. "
3. Then he said to me, "This scroll contains the curse that is going out over the entire land. One side says that those who steal will be banished from the land; the other side says that those who swear falsely will be banished from the land.
4. And this is what the LORD Almighty says: I am sending this curse into the house of every thief and into the house of everyone who swears falsely by my name. And my curse will remain in that house until it is completely destroyed--even its timbers and stones."
5. Then the angel who was talking with me came forward and said, "Look up! Something is appearing in the sky."
6. "What is it?" I asked. He replied, "It is a basket for measuring grain, and it is filled with the sins of everyone throughout the land."
7. When the heavy lead cover was lifted off the basket, there was a woman sitting inside it.
8. The angel said, "The woman's name is Wickedness," and he pushed her back into the basket and closed the heavy lid again.
9. Then I looked up and saw two women flying toward us, with wings gliding on the wind. Their wings were like those of a stork, and they picked up the basket and flew with it into the sky.
10. "Where are they taking the basket?" I asked the angel.
11. He replied, "To the land of Babylonia, where they will build a temple for the basket. And when the temple is ready, they will set the basket there on its pedestal."

Zechariah 6:1-15
1. Then I looked up again and saw four chariots coming from between two bronze mountains.
2. The first chariot was pulled by red horses, the second by black horses,
3. the third by white horses, and the fourth by dappled-gray horses.
4. "And what are these, my lord?" I asked the angel who was talking with me.
5. He replied, "These are the four spirits of heaven who stand before the Lord of all the earth. They are going out to do his work.
6. The chariot with black horses is going north, the chariot with white horses is going west, and the chariot with dappled-gray horses is going south."
7. The powerful horses were eager to be off, to patrol back and forth across the earth. And the LORD said, "Go and patrol the earth!" So they left at once on their patrol.
8. Then the LORD summoned me and said, "Those who went north have vented the anger of my Spirit there."
9. Then I received another message from the LORD:
10. "Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah will bring gifts of silver and gold from the Jews exiled in Babylon. As soon as they arrive, meet them at the home of Josiah son of Zephaniah.
11. Accept their gifts and make a crown from the silver and gold. Then put the crown on the head of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
12. Tell him that the LORD Almighty says: Here is the man called the Branch. He will branch out where he is and build the Temple of the LORD.
13. He will build the LORD's Temple, and he will receive royal honor and will rule as king from his throne. He will also serve as priest from his throne, and there will be perfect harmony between the two.
14. "The crown will be a memorial in the Temple of the LORD to honor those who gave it--Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Josiah son of Zephaniah."
15. Many will come from distant lands to rebuild the Temple of the LORD. And when this happens, you will know my messages have been from the LORD Almighty. All this will happen if you carefully obey the commands of the LORD your God.

Psalms 148:1-6
1. Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens! Praise him from the skies!
2. Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
3. Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
4. Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
5. Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being.
6. He established them forever and forever. His orders will never be revoked.

Proverbs 30:24-28
24. There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:
25. Ants--they aren't strong, but they store up food for the winter.
26. Rock badgers--they aren't powerful, but they make their homes among the rocky cliffs.
27. Locusts--they have no king, but they march like an army in ranks.
28. Lizards--they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings' palaces.

Revelation 17:1-18
1. One of the seven angels who had poured out the seven bowls came over and spoke to me. "Come with me," he said, "and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.
2. The rulers of the world have had immoral relations with her, and the people who belong to this world have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality."
3. So the angel took me in spirit into the wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, written all over with blasphemies against God.
4. The woman wore purple and scarlet clothing and beautiful jewelry made of gold and precious gems and pearls. She held in her hand a gold goblet full of obscenities and the impurities of her immorality.
5. A mysterious name was written on her forehead: "Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World."
6. I could see that she was drunk--drunk with the blood of God's holy people who were witnesses for Jesus. I stared at her completely amazed.
7. "Why are you so amazed?" the angel asked. "I will tell you the mystery of this woman and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns.
8. The beast you saw was alive but isn't now. And yet he will soon come up out of the bottomless pit and go to eternal destruction. And the people who belong to this world, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from before the world began, will be amazed at the reappearance of this beast who had died.
9. "And now understand this: The seven heads of the beast represent the seven hills of the city where this woman rules. They also represent seven kings.
10. Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief.
11. The scarlet beast that was alive and then died is the eighth king. He is like the other seven, and he, too, will go to his doom.
12. His ten horns are ten kings who have not yet risen to power; they will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast.
13. They will all agree to give their power and authority to him.
14. Together they will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord over all lords and King over all kings, and his people are the called and chosen and faithful ones."
15. And the angel said to me, "The waters where the prostitute is sitting represent masses of people of every nation and language.
16. The scarlet beast and his ten horns--which represent ten kings who will reign with him--all hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her remains with fire.
17. For God has put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out his purposes. They will mutually agree to give their authority to the scarlet beast, and so the words of God will be fulfilled.
18. And this woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."