12/30 Malachi 1-4 - It is fitting that the Old Testament ends with a prophecy speaking out against religious ritualism and formality. Malachi was used by God to show the Jewish people that God wanted sincere worship from the heart, not just a practice of religion. In chapter 1 the Lord focuses on His love for His people and His prerogative to make choices. Chapter 2 speaks of priests needing to be true to the law of God and speak as God's spokesmen. God also pays attention to the marriage vows a couple make. In chapter 3 Malachi predicts the ministry of John the Baptist and the importance of giving with the right attitude. Chapter 4 speaks of the contrast between those who are proud whose lives have been wasted and the righteous who will rejoice at the Lord's coming. Note, the last word of the Old Testament is "curse" which speaks of the affect of Adam's sin at the beginning of the Old Testament.
12/31 Revelation 19-22 - Revelation comes to a close with four dramatic chapters. Chapter 19 speaks of the Battle of Armageddon, the marriage supper of the Lamb, and the return of Christ to this world. Chapter 20 speaks of the 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ, the binding of Satan and his eventual release. Satan will seek to have one last battle in which he will be defeated and put in the lake of fire forever and ever! Then the unbelieving dead will face the Great White Throne Judgment. Chapter 21 speaks of the New Heaven and the New Earth with the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven. Chapter 22 closes the Scriptures speaking of the Tree of Life available for the righteous saints. A last invitation is given by the Lord for all who are thirsty for the water of life. A warning is given not to delete or add to what God has said. The final words of the Bible are a prayer for Jesus to come, soon!!
This study and reading of God's Word was meant to give the reader a renewed desire to know the Lord and His Word more intimately and to hunger to get back into the Word literally every day! May God enrich your life as you do so!