• Kings of North and South Devotional

    Daniel 11

    Daniel’s vision in today’s passage emphasizes the point that the exilic conditions of the old covenant community would continue once they were back in their land. The Jews would have to wait for their exaltation over the kingdoms of this world and the defeat of their enemies. We continue to wait for the exaltation of all of God’s people, Jew and Gentile alike, and the defeat of our enemies. This end goal will surely be accomplished. Let us pray that the Lord will bring it soon. View Resource

  • Seventy More Weeks Devotional

    Daniel 9:20-27

    If we focus on the trees and not the forest, it is very easy for us to miss the main point of a difficult text like this one. The original audience of the text was to understand that God had delayed the restoration because of impenitence. (This delay is from a human perspective, for the Lord always knew this was going to occur.) What we should learn is that the Lord’s blessings in our lives may likewise be delayed if we continue in sin without turning unto Him. View Resource

  • The Ascension of the Son of Man Devotional

    Matthew 24:29-31

    Jesus’ ascension and session (seating) at God’s right hand were important enough to the earliest Christians to include in both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul has often said, we often neglect these important events in the modern church. Christ’s ascension and session are critical because they confirm that Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and earth. Thus, we know that He is reigning now to defeat all His and our enemies. View Resource

  • One like a Son of Man Devotional

    Daniel 7:13-28

    Tomorrow we will see that this text foresees the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and divine Son of Man in His ascension and session at the Father’s right hand. In His death, resurrection, and ascension, He has won the decisive battle against evil, and reigns over all things even if His enemies have not yet given up the fight. We are His people, and we benefit from His reign and His protection in ways that we can see and in ways that we will not know about until we are in glory. View Resource

  • New Hope for God’s People Devotional

    Daniel 7:1-12

    We will look at the specifics of Daniel 7 in more detail tomorrow. Today, we note that to know and understand Scripture according to the original meaning of its authors is the only way we can rightly apply the Bible in a way that pleases God. God grants us the right to private interpretation, but as Dr. R.C. Sproul has often said, He does not grant us the right to misinterpretation. Insofar as we are able, let us be careful to understand Scripture according to its original intent. View Resource

  • A Dream of a Statue Devotional

    Daniel 2

    Our Lord and Savior is the rock not cut by human hands, the virgin-born Savior who delivers the crushing blow to all of God’s enemies and whose kingdom then enlarges to cover the whole earth. As we see nations rise and fall, we are not to be alarmed but to be reminded that this is how the Lord manifests Himself in history so that one day God will be recognized as all in all. Jesus has triumphed and His kingdom is expanding even now. View Resource

  • Daniel is Taken to Babylon Devotional

    Daniel 1:1–7

    God is the sovereign Lord of history who causes kingdoms to rise and fall according to His decree. Nothing happens apart from His having ordained it in eternity past, and this is a comforting truth. It tells us that everything in history has a purpose even if we cannot now discern what that purpose happens to be. All events great and small are being used of the Lord to advance His glory and our good, and His control over all things is the only way we can be confident of that precious truth. View Resource

  • The New Jerusalem Devotional

    Revelation 21:9–27

    We make real progress in holiness in this life as the Holy Spirit sanctifies us and conforms us to the image of Christ. However, we still await the Lord’s return in order for us to be fully perfected in righteousness. As we grow in holiness and the awareness of our own sin, we always see just how far short of His glory that we fall, and we are reminded that we need Him to set all things right. Let us pursue holiness, trusting that He will consummate His good work in us. View Resource

  • The Holy City Devotional

    Ezekiel 48

    The New Testament makes it clear that we are living in the period of restoration when God is calling His children back to Himself. Jews and Gentiles alike are hearing the gospel and running to Him in faith. Each of us who believes in Christ has an appointed inheritance—the whole earth (Matt. 5:5). Each of us is being transformed so that the Lord can dwell among us permanently at His return. We now taste these blessings in part, and we look forward to their full realization in the age to come. View Resource

  • Apportioning the Restored Land Devotional

    Ezekiel 47:13–23

    By faith we “are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19). In the kingdom, one Christian is not “more of a citizen” than another Christian. There is not one class of believers that has access to the King in a way that another class of believers does not. In Christ, we have all that we need to be full members of the Lord’s people. Even when we feel like our faith is weak, we who trust Jesus have as many privileges in the kingdom as those whose faith is stronger. View Resource

  • Life-Giving Water Devotional

    Ezekiel 47:1–12

    Today’s study is probably one of the texts Jesus had in mind when He discussed regeneration with Nicodemus (John 3:1–8). In the new covenant that follows the exile of Israel, the Spirit gives life unparalleled in its abundance. This life is from Christ alone and begins, imperceptibly, in the individual’s heart. But over time, the life deepens and grows so that via the ministry of His church, God reaches His elect. When the elect are all redeemed, the Lord will renew the whole world. View Resource

  • The Sacrifices of the Prince Devotional

    Ezekiel 46:1–15

    Some people believe that during the millennial period, there will be a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and that sacrifices will be offered as memorials of the work of Christ. We must respectfully disagree. There will be no need for such memorials because we will see Christ face to face, and we will be reminded of His great sacrifice on our behalf in a manner that surpasses any sacrifice of bulls, goats, or sheep. Then we shall love Him perfectly because we will see Him fully revealed. View Resource

  • The Lord Returns to His Temple Devotional

    Ezekiel 43:1–12

    The various elements of Ezekiel’s vision in today’s passage are not meant to be taken in an absolutely literal sense, so we are not surprised that there is no record of the glory cloud returning to the post-exilic temple. But God’s glory did return to His temple six hundred years after this vision when the incarnate Son of God came and cleansed it (Mark 11:15–20), showing the Lord’s judgment on the impenitent in the restored community and alluding to His work of cleansing us from sin. View Resource

  • Ezekiel Sees a New Temple Devotional

    Ezekiel 40

    God’s revelation is progressive. He revealed Himself slowly over time, disclosing only those truths that His people needed in each generation, saving a fuller revelation of His plan for the future when His people were ready to receive it. This culminated in Christ Jesus, and we do not expect further special revelation until His return. However, we can expect the Spirit to work in our hearts and minds to help us grow in our understanding of the revelation that we do have. View Resource

  • Gog and Magog Devotional

    Ezekiel 38

    Given the symbolism of the passage, we must see it not only as a prediction of the final battle between God and the enemies of His people but also a vision of the encounter between new covenant Israel—the church—and the Lord’s chosen. For two thousand years, God’s enemies have tried to destroy the church, only to find themselves converted to Him. When people come against the Lord, their plans will be thwarted, either in their salvation or in their defeat and destruction. View Resource