(Matthew 24.15-21; Luke 21.20-24)
you will see that "Horrible Thing" where it
should not be. Everyone who reads this must try to
understand! If you are living in Judea at that time,
run to the mountains. 15If you are on the
roof of your house, don't go inside to get anything. 16If
you are out in the field, don't go back for your
coat. 17It will be an awful time for women
who are expecting babies or nursing young children. 18Pray
that it won't happen in winter. 19This
will be the worst time of suffering since God created
the world, and nothing this terrible will ever happen
again. 20If the Lord doesn't make the time
shorter, no one will be left alive. But because of
his chosen and special ones, he will make the time
21If someone should say,
"Here is the Messiah!" or "There he
is!" don't believe it. 22False
messiahs and false prophets will come and work
miracles and signs. They will even try to fool God's
chosen ones. 23But be on your guard!
That's why I am telling you these things now.
When the Son of Man Appears
(Matthew 24.29-31; Luke 21.25-28)
24In those days, right
after that time of suffering,
sun will become dark,
and the moon will no longer shine.
stars will fall,
and the powers in the sky will be shaken."
26Then the Son of Man
will be seen coming in the clouds with great power
and glory. 27He will send his angels to
gather his chosen ones from all over the earth.
A Lesson from a Fig Tree
(Matthew 24.32-35; Luke 21.29-33)
28Learn a lesson from a
fig tree. When its branches sprout and start putting
out leaves, you know summer is near. 29So
when you see all these things happening, you will
know that the time has almost come. 30You
can be sure that some of the people of this
generation will still be alive when all this happens.
31The sky and the earth will not last
forever, but my words will.
No One Knows the Day or Time
32No one knows the day
or the time. The angels in heaven don't know, and the
Son himself doesn't know. Only the Father knows. 33So
watch out and be ready! You don't know when the time
will come. 34It is like what happens when
a man goes away for a while and places his servants
in charge of everything. He tells each of them what
to do, and he orders the guard to keep alert. 35So
be alert! You don't know when the master of the house
will come back. It could be in the evening or at
midnight or before dawn or in the morning. 36But
if he comes suddenly, don't let him find you asleep. 37I
tell everyone just what I have told you. Be alert!
Solomon's Palace Is Built
1 Kings 7Solomon's
palace took thirteen years to build. 2-3Forest
Hall was the largest room in the palace. It was one
hundred fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and
forty-five feet high, and was lined with cedar from
Lebanon. It had four rows of cedar pillars, fifteen in a
row, and they held up forty-five cedar beams. The ceiling
was covered with cedar. 4Three rows of windows
on each side faced each other, 5and there were
three doors on each side near the front of the hall.
Hall was seventy-five feet long and forty-five feet wide.
A covered porch supported by pillars went all the way
across the front of the hall.
throne was in Justice Hall, where he judged cases. This
hall was completely lined with cedar.
section of the palace where Solomon lived was behind
Justice Hall and looked exactly like it. He had a similar
place built for his wife, the daughter of the king of
the foundation all the way to the top, these buildings
and the courtyard were made out of the best stones
carefully cut to size, then smoothed on every side with
saws. 10The foundation stones were huge, good
stones--some of them fifteen feet long and others twelve
feet long. 11The cedar beams and other stones
that had been cut to size were on top of these foundation
stones. 12The walls around the palace
courtyard were made out of three layers of cut stones
with one layer of cedar beams, just like the front porch
and the inner courtyard of the temple.
Hiram Makes the Bronze
(2 Chronicles 3.15-17; 4.1-10)
was a skilled bronze worker from the city of Tyre. His
father was now dead, but he also had been a bronze worker
from Tyre, and his mother was from the tribe of Naphtali.
Solomon asked Hiram to come to Jerusalem and make the
bronze furnishings to use for worship in the LORD's temple, and he agreed to do it.
made two bronze columns twenty-seven feet tall and about
six feet across. 16For the top of each column,
he also made a bronze cap seven and a half feet high. 17The
caps were decorated with seven rows of designs that
looked like chains, 18with two rows of designs
that looked like pomegranates.
caps for the columns of the porch were six feet high and
were shaped like lilies.
chain designs on the caps were right above the rounded
tops of the two columns, and there were two hundred
pomegranates in rows around each cap. 21Hiram
placed the two columns on each side of the main door of
the temple. The column on the south side was called
Jachin, and the one on the north was called Boaz.
lily-shaped caps were on top of the columns.
completed the work on the columns.
also made a large bowl called the Sea. It was seven and a
half feet deep, about fifteen feet across, and forty-five
feet around. 24Two rows of bronze gourds were
around the outer edge of the bowl, ten gourds to every
eighteen inches. 25The bowl itself sat on top
of twelve bronze bulls with three bulls facing outward in
each of four directions. 26The sides of the
bowl were four inches thick, and its rim was like a cup
that curved outward like flower petals. The bowl held
about eleven thousand gallons.
made ten movable bronze stands, each one four and a half
feet high, six feet long, and six feet wide. 28-29The
sides were made with panels attached to frames decorated
with flower designs. The panels themselves were decorated
with figures of lions, bulls, and winged creatures. 30-31Each
stand had four bronze wheels and axles and a round frame
twenty-seven inches across, held up by four supports
eighteen inches high. A small bowl rested in the frame.
The supports were decorated with flower designs, and the
frame with carvings.
side panels of the stands were square, 32and
the wheels and axles were underneath them. The wheels
were about twenty-seven inches high 33and
looked like chariot wheels. The axles, rims, spokes, and
hubs were made out of bronze.
the top of each stand was a nine-inch strip, and there
were four braces attached to the corners of each stand.
The panels and the supports were attached to the stands, 36and
the stands were decorated with flower designs and figures
of lions, palm trees, and winged creatures. 37Hiram
made the ten bronze stands from the same mold, so they
were exactly the same size and shape.
also made ten small bronze bowls, one for each stand. The
bowls were six feet across and could hold about two
hundred thirty gallons.
put five stands on the south side of the temple, five
stands on the north side, and the large bowl at the
southeast corner of the temple.
made pans for hot ashes, and also shovels and sprinkling
A List of Everything inside the
(2 Chronicles 4.11--5.1)
is a list of the bronze items that Hiram made for the LORD's temple: 41two columns;
two bowl-shaped caps for the tops of the columns; two
chain designs on the caps; 42four hundred
pomegranates for the chain designs; 43ten
movable stands; ten small bowls for the stands; 44a
large bowl; twelve bulls that held up the bowl; 45pans
for hot ashes, and also shovels and sprinkling bowls.
made these bronze things for Solomon 46near
the Jordan River between Succoth and Zarethan by pouring
melted bronze into clay molds.
were so many bronze things that Solomon never bothered to
weigh them, and no one ever knew how much bronze was
gave orders to make the following temple furnishings out
of gold: the altar; the table that held the sacred loaves
of bread; 49ten lampstands that went in front
of the most holy place; flower designs; lamps and tongs; 50cups,
lamp snuffers, and small sprinkling bowls; dishes for
incense; fire pans; and the hinges for the doors to the
most holy place and the main room of the temple.
the LORD's temple was finished,
Solomon put into its storage rooms everything that his
father David had dedicated to the LORD,
including the gold and the silver.
Israel Will Be Punished
Hosea 9 Israel,
don't celebrate or make noisy shouts
like other nations.
You have been unfaithful to your God.
Wherever grain is threshed, you behave like prostitutes
because you enjoy the money you receive.
you will run short of grain and wine,
will have to leave the land of the LORD.
Some of you will go to Egypt;
others will go to Assyria and eat unclean food.
won't be able to offer sacrifices of wine
to the LORD.
None of your sacrifices will please him--
they will be unclean like food offered to the dead.
Your food will only be used to satisfy your hunger;
none of it will be brought to the LORD's
will no longer be able
to celebrate the festival of the LORD.
if you escape alive, you will end up in Egypt
and be buried in Memphis.
Your silver treasures will be lost among weeds;
thorns will sprout in your tents.
the time has come. You will get what you deserve,
and you will know it.
"Prophets are fools," you say.
"And God's messengers are crazy."
Your terrible guilt has filled you with hatred.
the LORD sent me to look after you.
But you trap his prophets
and flood his temple with your hatred.
are brutal and corrupt, as were the men of Gibeah.
But God remembers your sin, and you will be punished.
Sin's Terrible Results
10Israel, when I, the LORD,
found you long ago
it was like finding grapes in a barren desert
or tender young figs.
Then you worshiped Baal Peor, that disgusting idol,
and you became as disgusting as the idol you loved.
so, Israel, your glory will fly away like birds--
your women will no longer be able to give birth.
if you do have children, I will take them all
and leave you to mourn.
will turn away,
and you will sink down in deep trouble.
when I first met you,
thought of you as palm trees growing in fertile ground.
Now you lead your people out, only to be slaughtered.
14Our LORD, do just one
thing for your people--
make their women unable to have children
or to nurse their babies.
Judgment on Israel
15Israel, I first began to hate you
because you did evil at Gilgal.
Now I will chase you out of my house.
No longer will I love you; your leaders betrayed me.
you are a vine with dried-up roots
and fruitless branches.
Even if you had more children and loved them dearly,
would slaughter them all.