Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11

Daniel 11:36-12:13

Daniel 11

The Tyranny of the Western King

36“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and will speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He will prosper until the indignation is accomplished; for that which has been determined will be done. 37 He will not regard the gods of his fathers, or the desire of women, or regard any god; for he will magnify himself above all of them. 38 But instead,  he will honor the god of fortresses; a god whom his fathers did not know, with gold, silver, and with precious stones and costly things. 39 He will deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. He will greatly honor whoever acknowledges him. He will make them to rulers over many, and will divide the land for a price.

40 “At the time of the end, the king of the south will attack him; and the king of the north will come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships. He will enter into the countries, moving through and overflowing them.  41 He will enter also into the glorious land, and many countries will be overthrown; but these will escape from his power: Edom, Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He will also extend his power over the countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. 43 But he will have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt. The Libyans and the Ethiopians will will also be subject to him. 44 But news from the east and from the north will trouble him; and he will go out with great fury to destroy and utterly to sweep many away. 45 He will pitch the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.

Daniel 12

Michael’s Deliverance and the End Times

1 “At that time Michael will rise up, the great prince who watches over your people; and there will be a time of trouble, such that has never been since the nations began, until this time. At that time your people will be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine as the brightness of the expanse. Those who turn many to righteousness will shine as the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many will run back and forth, and knowledge will be increased.”

5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and two others stood, one on each side of the river bank. 6 One said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be to the end of these wonders?”

7 I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him who lives forever that it will be ‘for a time, times, and a half’ and when they have finished shattering the power of the holy people, all these things will be finished.

8 I heard, but I didn’t understand. Then I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these things?”

9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand; but those who are wise will understand.

11 “From the time that the continual burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the 1,335 days.

13 “But go your way until the end; for you will rest, and will stand in your inheritance at the end of the days.”

1 John 4

Testing the Spirits

1 Beloved, don’t believe every spirit, but test the spirits, as to whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit who does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard will come, and even now already, it is in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God listens to us. He who is not of God doesn’t listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of deceit.

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we remain in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him, and he in God. 16 We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so we are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother.

Psalm 123

A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to you,
you who sit in the heavens.
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress;
so our eyes look to God, our God,
until he has mercy on us.
3 Have mercy on us, God, have mercy on us,
for we have endured much contempt.
4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scoffing of those who are at ease,
with the contempt of the proud.

Proverbs 29:2-4

2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father;
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4 The king, through, justice makes the land stable,
but he who takes bribes tears it down.

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