December 5
Revelation 3 & Nehemiah 11:1-18
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Revelation 3

Chapter 3

3:1"Write to the angel of the church in Sardis:
"The One who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says: I know your works; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. 2Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before My God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent. But if you are not alert, I will come like a thief, and you have no idea at what hour I will come against you. 4But you have a few people in Sardis who have not defiled their clothes, and they will walk with Me in white, because they are worthy. 5In the same way, the victor will be dressed in white clothes, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name before My Father and before His angels.
6"Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.
7"Write to the angel of the church in Philadelphia:
"The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens says: 8I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close. 9Take note! I will make those from the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews and are not, but are lying-note this-I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you. 10Because you have kept My command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown. 12The victor: I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God, and he will never go out again. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God-the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God-and My new name.
13"Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.
14"Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea:
"The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God's creation says: 15I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. 17Because you say, 'I'm rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,' and you don't know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, 18I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire so that you may be rich, white clothes so that you may be dressed and your shameful nakedness not be exposed, and ointment to spread on your eyes so that you may see. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent. 20Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. 21The victor: I will give him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22"Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches."

Nehemiah 11:1-18

Nehemiah 11:1-18

11:1Now the leaders of the people stayed in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people cast lots for one out of ten to come and live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the other nine-tenths remained in their towns. 2The people praised all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.
3These are the heads of the province who stayed in Jerusalem (but in the villages of Judah each lived on his own property in their towns-the Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants, and descendants of Solomon's servants- 4while some of the descendants of Judah and Benjamin settled in Jerusalem):
Judah's descendants:
Athaiah son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalalel, of Perez's descendants;
5and Maaseiah son of Baruch, son of Col-hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Joiarib, son of Zechariah, a descendant of the Shilonite.
6The total number of Perez's descendants, who settled in Jerusalem, was 468 capable men.
7These were Benjamin's descendants:
Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Joed, son of Pedaiah, son of Kolaiah, son of Maaseiah, son of Ithiel, son of Jeshaiah,
8and after him Gabbai and Sallai: 928.
9Joel son of Zichri was the officer over them, and Judah son of Hassenuah was second in command over the city.
10The priests:
Jedaiah son of Joiarib, Jachin, and
11Seraiah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief official of God's temple,
12and their relatives who did the work at the temple: 822. Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pelaliah, son of Amzi, son of Zechariah, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah
13and his relatives, the leaders of families: 242. Amashsai son of Azarel, son of Ahzai, son of Meshillemoth, son of Immer,
14and their relatives, capable men: 128. Zabdiel son of Haggedolim, was their chief.
15The Levites:
Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, son of Bunni;
16and Shabbethai and Jozabad, from the leaders of the Levites, who supervised the work outside the house of God;
17Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zabdi, son of Asaph, the leader who began the thanksgiving in prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his relatives; and Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun.
18All the Levites in the holy city: 284.

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