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Joel 2:1-11

A. 1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion,
and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:
let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the LORD cometh,
for it is nigh at hand;

B.2 A day of darkness and of gloominess,
a day of clouds and of thick darkness,
as the morning spread upon the mountains:
a great people and a strong;
there hath not been ever the like,
neither shall be any more after it,
even to the years of many generations.
3 A fire devoureth before them;
and behind them a flame burneth:
the land is as the garden of Eden before them,
and behind them a desolate wilderness;
yea, and nothing shall escape them.

C.4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses;
and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble,
as a strong people set in battle array.
6 Before their face the people shall be much pained:
all faces shall gather blackness.
7 They shall run like mighty men;
they shall climb the wall like men of war;

D. and they shall march every one on his ways,
and they shall not break their ranks:
8 Neither shall one thrust another;

D’. they shall walk every one in his path:
and when they fall upon the sword,
they shall not be wounded.

C’.9 They shall run to and fro in the city;
they shall run upon the wall,
they shall climb up
upon the houses;
they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

B’.10 The earth shall quake before them;
the heavens shall tremble:
the sun and the moon shall be dark,
and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army:
for his camp is very great:
for he is strong that executeth his word:

A’. for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible;
and who can abide it?

Deuteronomy 25:5-10

A.5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger:

B. her husband’s brother shall go in unto her,

C. and take her to him to wife,

B’. and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.

A’. 6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

A. 7 And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife,

B. then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate unto the elders,

C. and say, My husband’s brother refuseth

D. to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel,

C’. he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother.

B’. 8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him:

A’. and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;  

A. 9 Then shall his brother’s wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face,  and shall answer and say,

B. So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s house.

A’. 10 And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.

Philippians 3:10-21

A. 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

B. 12 Not as though I had already attained,

C. either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

D. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,

E. forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

D’. 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

C’. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

B’. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

A’. 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Exodus 14:15-21

Note: the sense of this section of the chapter has to do with the visible angelic presence preventing the Egyptians from catching up with the Israelites.

A.15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them:

B. and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

C.18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD,

B’. when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

A’. 19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Revelation 10

A.1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

B.3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write:(G3195) and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

C.5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

D.6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever,

C’. who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

B’.7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound (G3195), the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again,

A’. and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

A.9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book.

B. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter,

C. but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

D.10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up;

C’. and it was in my mouth sweet as honey:

B’. and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

A’.11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Haggai 2:10-23

Third Prophecy

10 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts;

A. Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,

Q1. 12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy?

Answer1. And the priests answered and said, No.

Q2. 13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean?

Answer2. And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.

A’.14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

A.15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:

B.16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty. 17 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.

A’.18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’S temple was laid, consider it.

B’. 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.

Fourth prophecy

20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,

A. 21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;

B.22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen;

B’. and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

A’.23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:7-18

A.7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.  Return unto me, and I will return unto you,

B. saith the LORD of hosts.

B’. But ye said,

A’. Wherein shall we return?

A. 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me.

B. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?

B’. In tithes and offerings.

A’. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

A.10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

B. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;

B’. neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

A’. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

A.a.13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD.

b. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

a’. 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

B.15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work (H6213) wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

C.16 Then they that feared (H3373) the LORD spake often one to another:

D. and the LORD hearkened, and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was written before him

C’. for them that feared(H3373) the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

B’.17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up (H6213) my jewels;

A’. and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Zechariah 3:8-10

A. 8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows (H7453)

B. that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at:

C. for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

B’. 9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

A”. 10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour (H7453) under the vine and under the fig tree.

Habakkuk 1:1-11

1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.

A. the violence in Judah
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!
even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity,
and cause me to behold grievance?
for spoiling and violence are before me:
and there are that raise up strife and contention.

B. injustice in Judah
4 Therefore the law is slacked, 
and judgment doth never go forth:
for the wicked doth compass about the righteous;
therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

C. 5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

B’. God’s justice 
6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation,
which shall march through the breadth of the land,
to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
7 They are terrible and dreadful:
their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

A’. the violence of the Babylonians
8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards,
and are more fierce than the evening wolves:
and their horsemen shall spread themselves,
and their horsemen shall come from far;
they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
9 They shall come all for violence:
their faces shall sup up as the east wind,
and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
10 And they shall scoff at the kings,
and the princes shall be a scorn unto them:
they shall deride every strong hold;
for they shall heap dust, and take it.
11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

Revelation 3

Sardis
A. 1  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;  These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;

B. a. I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

b. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die:

a’. for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.

b’. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

B’. a. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; .

b. and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

b’. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;

a’. and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name  before my Father, and before his angels.

A’. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Philadelphia
A. 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

B. 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

C. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

D. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

D’. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

C’. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:

B’. and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

A’. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Laodicea
A. 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;

B. These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

C. 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

D. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

E. 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire,

D’. that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

C’. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

B’. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

A’. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.