Highlights:

The new heaven and the new earth; the heavenly Jerusalem; Christ's return.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Rev. 21:8).

We have come to an end of another year, and to the end of THE BOOK far above all books. In fact it is the only BOOK provided by our Creator that reveals who the True God is. It reveals that we are lost sinners and how God wants us to live; and how to prepare for eternal life.

The Bible has always been the best seller, even though the Author wrote only one BOOK using about 40 people over a period of about 1500 years.

After prayerfully reading it, we will never be the same. And one of these days, sooner than we think, we will be turning the last page in our own journey though life. Once we've read it we will be better prepared to fulfil His will.

In your daily Bible reading, think, pray, and believe that the Holy Spirit will mold your life to be like Him whose Name is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13). Let His Word dwell in your thoughts throughout each day and you will become a living expression of His life. Let us renew our covenant to read His Guide.

There are many who walk in darkness and blindness today without even realizing their condition. They desperately need our prayers. There is a God who loves them and waits for them with open arms. Pray for their hearts to be opened, and thank a merciful God that your heart was broken, and now can experience and learn the freedom of His truth.

Those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will sit at Christ's feet and learn from Him as Mary did many years ago. In the eternal light of the presence of God, there will be no darkness, and nothing unclean. What a day that will be to look forward to seeing. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Phil. 4:8-9). Our future is awesome and thrilling. Our mighty God has promised a new heaven and a new earth.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Rev. 21:1).

Thought for the Day: Is your name included in Revelation 21:8, or has it been recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life (Rev. 21:27)?

Cross References:

For Rev. 21:4: See Is. 25:8. Rev. 21:23: See Is. 60:19. Rev. 21:25: See Is. 60:11. Rev. 21:27: See Is. 52:1. Rev. 22:2: See Ezek. 47:12; Gen. 2:9. Rev. 22:3: See Zech. 14:11. Rev. 22:12: See Is. 40:10. Rev. 22:13: See Is. 44:6; 48:12. Rev. 22:16: See Is. 11:1. Rev. 22:18-19: See Deut. 12:32.

Word Studies:

21:9 the bride, the Lamb's wife, the Church, the Lord Jesus' Church; 21:16 twelve thousand furlongs, 1500 miles; 21:23 lighten it, illuminate it; 22:7 prophecy, foretelling, forth telling, teaching; 22:16 angel to testify, messenger to bear witness.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Government Officials: Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ), Rep. Hal D. Rogers (KY), and Rep. Heath Shuler (NC) • Country: Macedonia (2 million) in southeastern Europe • Major languages: Macedonian and Albanian • strongly Orthodox country • 67% Macedonian Orthodox; 23% Muslim; 3% Catholic; 2% Protestant; 5% Other • Prayer Suggestion: Do not worry about your material needs (Matt. 6:25-30).
Memory Verse for the Week:

Matthew 4:4