Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
February 22-23, 2020
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Revelation 20:4 - The Apostle John's Vision of Future Events
Note: To make this verse a little easier to read, I split it into three paragraphs.

"And [in heaven,] I [John] saw thrones, and they [probably referring to Old and New Testament saints (Christians)--see note below*] sat upon them [the thrones], and judgment was given unto them [the people sitting on the thrones]:

"and I
[John] saw the souls [people without their earthly bodies] of them [martyrs] that were beheaded [had had their heads cut off--see note below**] [during the tribulation] for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God [i.e., because of their Christian faith], and which [who] had not worshipped the beast [the Antichrist], neither [or] his image, neither had [and had not] received his mark ['666'] [imprinted, or applied (like a tattoo] upon their foreheads, or in their hands;

"and they
[the martyrs] lived and reigned [ruled] with [Jesus] Christ [on the earth] [for] a thousand [1,000] years [during which time (known as the millennium) Satan is bound by a chain in the bottomless pit]."
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*Regarding the thrones in heaven, Albert Barnes said that the people sitting on them could be either apostles or saints. Here's part of what he said in paragraph 2 of his commentary on the above verse:

"… In 1 Corinthians 6:2, Paul asks the question, 'Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?' The meaning as thus explained is, that Christians will, in some way, be employed in judging the world; that is, that they will be exalted to the right hand of the Judge, and be elevated to a station of honor, as if they were associated with the Son of God [Jesus] in the judgment. Something of that kind is, doubtless, referred to here; and John probably means to say that he saw the thrones placed on which those will sit who will be employed in judging the world …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-20.html, "Verse 4")

**The phrase the souls of them that were beheaded in verse 4 above refers to people who will be saved (become born-again Christians) during the coming tribulation period and will refuse to take the "mark of the beast."

For definitions of, and further information on, the things mentioned in today's Bible verse (i.e., the human soul, Christian faith, the tribulation, mark of the beast, and the millennium), please read the following articles:

-- "What is the human soul?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/human-soul.html)

-- "What are the essentials of the Christian faith?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/essentials-Christian-faith.html)

-- "What is the Tribulation?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/tribulation.html)

-- "What is the mark of the beast?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/mark-beast.html)

-- "What is the Millennial Kingdom, and should it be understood literally?
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/millennium.html)



Revelation 20:4 - The Apostle John's Vision of Future Events
Note: To make this verse a little easier to read, I split it into three paragraphs.

"And [in heaven,] I [John] saw thrones, and they [probably referring to Old and New Testament saints (Christians)--see note below*] sat upon them [the thrones], and judgment was given unto them [the people sitting on the thrones]:

"and I
[John] saw the souls [people without their earthly bodies] of them [martyrs] that were beheaded [had had their heads cut off--see note below**] [during the tribulation] for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God [i.e., because of their Christian faith], and which [who] had not worshipped the beast [the Antichrist], neither [or] his image, neither had [and had not] received his mark ['666'] [imprinted, or applied (like a tattoo] upon their foreheads, or in their hands;

"and they
[the martyrs] lived and reigned [ruled] with [Jesus] Christ [on the earth] [for] a thousand [1,000] years [during which time (known as the millennium) Satan is bound by a chain in the bottomless pit]."
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*Regarding the thrones in heaven, Albert Barnes said that the people sitting on them could be either apostles or saints. Here's part of what he said in paragraph 2 of his commentary on the above verse:

"… In 1 Corinthians 6:2, Paul asks the question, 'Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?' The meaning as thus explained is, that Christians will, in some way, be employed in judging the world; that is, that they will be exalted to the right hand of the Judge, and be elevated to a station of honor, as if they were associated with the Son of God [Jesus] in the judgment. Something of that kind is, doubtless, referred to here; and John probably means to say that he saw the thrones placed on which those will sit who will be employed in judging the world …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-20.html, "Verse 4")

**The phrase the souls of them that were beheaded in verse 4 above refers to people who will be saved (become born-again Christians) during the coming tribulation period and will refuse to take the "mark of the beast."

For definitions of, and further information on, the things mentioned in today's Bible verse (i.e., the human soul, Christian faith, the tribulation, mark of the beast, and the millennium), please read the following articles:

-- "What is the human soul?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/human-soul.html)

-- "What are the essentials of the Christian faith?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/essentials-Christian-faith.html)

-- "What is the Tribulation?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/tribulation.html)

-- "What is the mark of the beast?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/mark-beast.html)

-- "What is the Millennial Kingdom, and should it be understood literally?
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/millennium.html)



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Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 23

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.


Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 23

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.