December 17, 2016

2 Chronicles 7:11-9:31 - 
God appeared to Solomon that very night and said, “ I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple of sacrifice, a house of worship...

My God-defined people, respond by:
humbling themselves, 
praying, 
seeking my presence and
turning their backs on their wicked lives....

As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel--make it a sure thing on a sure foundation....You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne.‘  “But if you or your sons betray me, ignoring my guidance and judgments, taking up with alien gods by serving and worshiping them, then the guarantee is off...

Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter from the city of David to a house built especially for her.  “Because” he said,”my wife cannot live in the house of David king of Israel, for the areas in which the Chest of God has entered are sacred.”... He followed the practice of his father David in setting up groups of priests carrying out the work of worship, with the Levites assigned to lead the sacred music  for praising God and to assist the priests in daily worship.

The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s reputation and came to Jerusalem to put his reputation to the test, asking all the tough questions...When the queen experienced for herself Solomon’s wisdom and saw with her own eyes the places he had built...it all took her breath away....Such wisdom and elegance - far more than I could ever have imagined.... And blessed be your God who has taken such a liking to you, making you king.  Clearly God’s love for Israel is behind this, making you king to keep a just order and nurture a God-pleasing people....King Solomon, for his part, gave the queen of Sheba all her heart’s desire---everything she asked for.  She took away more than she brought.

Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for 40 years.  Solomon died and was buried in the City of David his father.  His son Rehoboam was the next king.

Revelations 11 - 
Meanwhile, I’ll provide my two Witnesses.  Dressed in sackcloth, they’ll prophesy for 1,260 days.  These are the two OliveTrees , the two Lamp stands, standing at attention before God on earth...When they’ve completed their witness, the Beast from the Abyss will emerge and fight them, conquer and kill them...for three and a half days the witnesses’ bodies will be there--exposed, prevented from getting a decent burial, stared at by the curious from all over the world.  Those people will cheer at the spectacle, shouting “Good riddance!” and calling for a celebration, for these two prophets pricked the conscience of all the people on earth, made it impossible for them to enjoy their sins.  Then after this time, the Living Spirit of God will enter them--they’re on their feet--and all those gloating spectators will be scared to death.”...The second doom is past, the third doom coming right on its heels.

The 7th angel trumpeted.  A crescendo of voices in Heaven sang out....The 24 Elders seated before God on their thrones fell to their knees, worshiped and sang...The doors of God’s temple in Heaven flew open and the Ark of his Covenant was clearly surrounded by flashes of lightning, loud shouts, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a fierce hailstorm.