Daily Reading: December 14th


#DailyDevotion With rest in Jesus we are saved. In quietness in trust is our strength.

December 14th

Read Is 30:15–26

Isa 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,… 18 Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (19) For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. (20) And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.

When the Lord sends the Assyrians and the Babylonians against Israel and Judah it is because they have called down the curses they pronounced before the Lord before they entered into the promised land in Deuteronomy. While in blessing, one Israelite would chase down a thousand of their enemies under the curse it is the reverse.

Yet the Lord is merciful, kind and forgiving to those who humble themselves before Him in repentance. Hence in verse fifteen it is returning to the Lord in rest that saved them, quietness and trust is their strength. Such are the qualities of repentance and humility towards the Lord. But they would not and they were destroyed, exiled and the like.

But the Lord calls out to all nations now to be joined with Abraham’s children and become Abraham’s children through the same. We are called to return to the Lord our God Jesus Christ. We are to repent our of sins by admitting our guilt and rest in the work of Christ Jesus on the cross. We are not to exercise ourselves in trying to win our redemption from God but instead in quietness and trust the faith of Jesus Christ shall be our strength for all our strength and works have failed. They can never quiet our consciences and hearts before the Almighty.

The Lord’s people, Christians, though we may cry out in adversity for the day, while we eat the bread of adversity and drink the water of affliction, we are not abandoned. Jesus hears our cries and answers us. His great mercy and kindness has already delivered us from this vale of tears. We only wait to see it with our own eyes. On the day of his, Jesus’ return God shall be gracious to us. It is his exaltation to be merciful to us. We shall be made whole. Our guilt and shame shall we carried away and seen no more. We will dwell in the presence of the Almighty, under his protection and will sin no more. No more shall sickness, disease or death afflict us. No more shall the powers of the air attack us or tempt us. There shall be no more darkness for the Father and the Lamb shall be our light, our Teacher and guide. But now we shall wait patiently with the gifts He has bestowed upon us, His Word and His sacraments, to strengthen, enlighten us and to preserve us.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, ever grant to us your Holy Spirit, that we may return to you through faith in your Son Jesus Christ, and rest in his works, in quietness, receiving strength to endure all things by the works of the cross and the resurrection until such time as you exalt yourself in graciousness and mercy at the time of the revealing of Christ a second time on the day of his coming. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 13th


December 13th

Read Is 29:15—30:14

Isa 29:15 Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” (16) You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?…19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel…22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale. (23) For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.

Yes, there is a reason people commit wickedness at night and there’s a reason you turn out the light when you’re doing stuff you’re not supposed to be doing. You, I and they don’t think God can see in the dark. We think God cannot see our dark misdeeds. But with God even darkness is light.

The world thinks God is upside down, unfair, unjust and simply out of date. It is not hard to see this accusation against not only God but his Church that has his Word. But the Word is an offense to them because it exposes their deeds as darkness and shows they have no understanding. If they understood, they would repent and turn to the Lord for forgiveness. As it is, they deny the Lord has made them and all creation. They shall find out they are wrong.

But there is good news for the meek and poor before the Lord. Jesus expounds upon this in the Gospels. While the world thinks it must take the world by force, the Lord promises it to those who are meek. Indeed they shall have “fresh joy in the Lord.” This is more than happiness which is fleeting but is an abiding sense that everything is going to be alright. Its root is trust in the promises of God fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Those who are poor, particularly poor in spirit shall “exult in the Holy One of Israel.” That Holy One is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is in Christ Jesus the poor are made rich in righteousness. Jesus gives all he has to those who belong to him. We shall see that wealth on the Last Day.

Jacob was ashamed of his children as they turn away from the Lord, from the Fear of Isaac, and turned towards that which is not God, the God of Abraham. But on the last day, his shame shall be taken away. He shall see his children, all those who put their trust in Jesus of Nazareth, the Holy One of Jacob, the God of Israel, and he shall rejoice. The nations who have the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lord shall be descendants, children, a blessing to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The hands of Christ Jesus have accomplished this. Do not lose heart in the midst of a world turned upside down those whose hope is the Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus Christ, in a world turned upside down by the sinfulness of man, turn our hearts right side up that we may meek and poor before you, humble ourselves before your glory that you may exalt us at the proper time and grant us encouragement that we may stand on the day of your advent. Amen.

 

Daily Reading: December 12th


December 12th

Read Is 29:1–14

Isa 29:2-7 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be moaning and lamentation, and she shall be to me like an Ariel. (3) And I will encamp against you all around, and will besiege you with towers and I will raise siegeworks against you. (4) And you will be brought low; from the earth you shall speak, and from the dust your speech will be bowed down; your voice shall come from the ground like the voice of a ghost, and from the dust your speech shall whisper. (5) But the multitude of your foreign foes shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the ruthless like passing chaff. And in an instant, suddenly, (6) you will be visited by the LORD of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire. (7) And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, all that fight against her and her stronghold and distress her, shall be like a dream, a vision of the night.

A twofold prophecy is given in these words. One is a word for the not too distant future of Jerusalem from Isaiah’s time. The other concerning the end of days. Verses 1-4 particularly deal with the time of the Babylonians when the Lord shall send the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem, kill its inhabitants and send into exile those who survive. This would happen to Jerusalem because while they may honor the Lord with their lips, their hearts are far from him. They neither fear, love or trust in the Lord their God. Other gods and other nations possess the devotion of their hearts.

Verses 5-7 though refer to the end of days. In this we can take some comfort. For we need not fear a world war of nations against nations destroying the earth. No, on the last day, the Lord shall have the nations gathered before him for battle. The nations shall encircle Jesus’ Zion, his Ariel, his Jerusalem, that is his church. They shall gather against the Church to destroy her and against Jesus to cast of his yoke. But with the breath of his mouth, our Lord Jesus Christ shall lay to waste the nations which fight against him.

The nations will be like dust and chaff. His fire shall consume them all in an instant. They shall be like a dream that is quickly forgotten. We don’t need to look for the nations gathering against the modern city of Jerusalem. That is not the Jerusalem he is talking about. It is you, his Church that he is talking about. This calls for perseverance on your part. You must endure the tribulation which you are going to be going through. But do not fear. Jesus promises to end that time before you lose heart. So be determined in your mind now that you would risk all, even your own life for the confession of the name of Jesus. When you do our Lord Jesus has these promises for you: Rev 2:7 … I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ Rev 2: 10-11 … I will give you the crown of life. (11)…[you] will not be hurt by the second death.’ Rev 2:17 … I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ Rev 2:26-27 … I will give authority over the nations, (27) and he will rule them with a rod of iron,… even as I myself have received authority from my Father. Rev 3:5 [you] will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. Rev 3:12 …I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and 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 from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. Rev 3:21 … I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Great and wonderful are your promises O Lord. May they keep us steadfast in the faith unto the end when you return for us. In your name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 11th


December 11th

Read Is 28:14–29

Isa 28:14-16 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem! (15) Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter”; (16) therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’… 21 For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim; as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused; to do his deed—strange is his deed! and to work his work—alien is his work! (22) Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction from the Lord GOD of hosts against the whole land. (23) Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech.

Do you think the Israelites and the Jews thought they were making a pack with death and Sheol as they turned away from the Lord their God? Probably not. They probably didn’t give it a second thought. Just like many Christians today who have turned away from their faith and adopted strange beliefs and teachings which are not scriptural and many times perversions of Scripture. They don’t think what they are doing is making a covenant with death and hell. Yet they like the Israelites before them are doing just that.

These people probably think they’re good people. Most people do think they are good people. They go to work, take care of their family and help their neighbor. Most people probably think those people are good people. They haven’t wronged them, yet.

But most people think nothing of breaking the commandments: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Why is that? Because we don’t see anyone getting hurt by breaking these commandments. But it does hurt someone. It hurts God. It breaks his heart to see his creation following false gods, not keeping his name pure and worshiping creation instead of his Son Jesus.

For those who refuse God’s Son, Jesus of Nazareth, God will do his alien work. That work is to punish and destroy. He doesn’t desire the destruction of man or see him perish in the fires of hell. That’s why he sent Jesus. But he will do it though it is alien for him to do so.

So that we may not perish and so we may trust in the Lord our God, our Father in heaven has sent his rock. He has “has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’” This is Jesus Christ our Lord. See his promise. Whoever believes in him will not be destroyed but will live forever. This promise is for you. You can trust in it.

Heavenly Father, turn away your anger from us, your alien work and do your proper work among us, granting us faith in your Son Jesus Christ, that we may receive from you grace, mercy, peace, forgiveness, salvation and life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 10th


December 10th
Read Is 26:20—27:13
Isa 27:1-6 In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea. (2) In that day, “A pleasant vineyard, sing of it! (3) I, the LORD, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day; (4) I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them, I would burn them up together. (5) Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.” (6) In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.

Who or what is this Leviathan or dragon? Some commentators think these are actually three different creatures representing different world powers at the time. Yet the Church’s, our struggle, is not against flesh and blood. John sees and I think better identifies this beast in Revelation: Rev 12:9 “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Satan may have seen to have won the battle in the garden, yet that was only the beginning of his ultimate defeat. It may seems to us, with all the craziness in the world that the devil is winning the war. Yet John sees Michael and his angels cast Satan out of heaven. He is doing his worse here now for he knows his time is short. At the end of the age, Satan and all those who follow him, his angels and humanity who put their hats in with him will be cast into the lake of fire which is the second death. Rev. 20:10, 13, 14

Ah, but what of the Lord’s vineyard? The Lord Jesus Christ sings over his vineyard. That vineyard is his Church. It is the Church, which includes ancient Israel and Judah, the Church as we see it today. It is full of hypocrites, liars, thieves, adulterers and murderers. Yet God’s holy people reside inside. It is a field of wheat and tares, of wheat and chaff. The Lord keeps, waters and cares for his Church. Mat 16:18 Jesus said, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus does not battle with his Church or even the tares and chaff that fill it. He calls to them to make peace with him. How do the members of the visible Church make peace with their Redeemer and Savior? By trusting they have been redeemed and saved. Of course in that act, they confess they have need of being redeemed and saved from their sins.

Jesus calls out to the members of his body, the Church to lay hold of his protection for Peter tells us, 1Pe 4:17-19 “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (18) And ‘If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’ (19) Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” In the meantime, Jacob takes roots and Israel blossoms, the Church fills the whole earth as the Spirit gathers to Jesus people of every language, tribe, nation and people to be his holy Church. He has declared it. It will happen. Be at peace with Jesus your King and God.

Lord Jesus Christ, ever protect your Church from all her enemies, especially the devil and make her to grow upon the face of the earth and make us members of the same, protecting and perfecting us until the day you reveal yourself and your Church to the world. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 9th


#DailyDevotion Where do we find true peace?

Read Is 26:1–19

Isa 26:1-4 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks. (2) Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. (3) You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (4) Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock… (11) O LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them. (12) O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works. Isa 26:19-21 Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead…

In Isaiah chapter 1-39 there so much doom and gloom that the brightness and gospel messages in Isaiah 40-66 make some people think that two people authored this particular book. But here in Isaiah 26 we see gloom and doom of the Law and the brightness of the good news of God.

In that day, Isaiah says. What day is that? The last day of this created world, the day of judgment is what Isaiah is referring to. On that day we will sing a song of rejoicing and praise for all the Lord God our heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us. In the meantime, Isaiah says, our soul yearns for the Lord in the night and our spirit earnestly seeks him. By his divine judgments we learn the righteousness of God, namely the forgiveness of our sins.

But those who refuse to believe this free gift of God in Christ Jesus, they learn nothing. They in their unbelief cannot understand anything, so like fools they mock those who in innocence and simpleness trust in the Word of the Lord and his merits for their salvation. Those who choose to live in unbelief will face the fire of God’s wrath. The iniquity of their lack of faith shall be exposed on that day and all the works that proceeded from it and they shall be ashamed. They shall feel the full brunt of God’s wrath which he had previously laid upon his son Jesus in their stead. But since they refused his pardon they shall get what they want, what they deserved.

But for those who trust in this free gift of pardon found in Christ Jesus, peace with God is now theirs. It is for you today. When God is our peace he becomes the One who does all good thing in and through us. He performs the good by us and graciously gives us credit for doing it. But we give him the credit and acknowledge it. And finally on that day, we shall awaken from the dust of the earth and be changed. He gives birth to us, his dead and raises us to everlasting life to live with him forever. It will be great day of joy and rejoicing in the salvation of our God in Christ Jesus. You do want to be in that number. Trust me. More than that, trust God’s promise.

Lord Jesus Christ, you promise that all who trust in your merits, your death, your resurrection shall be raised from the dust of the earth to everlasting life with you and the Father. Grant us such faith and preserve us in that faith that on that day we may rejoice in seeing you face to face everlasting unto everlasting. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 8th


#DailyDevotion The great and terrible day of the Lord. We’re not afraid.

December 8th

Read Is 24:14—25:12

Isa 24:21-23 On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. (22) They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished. (23) Then the moon will be confounded and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts reigns on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and his glory will be before his elders.

Isa 25:6-9 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. (7) And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. (8) He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. (9) It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

There are two aspects to the great and terrible day of the Lord. One is the judgment of the inhabitants of the earth as seen in chapter 24. The redemption of God’s chosen ones is seen in chapter 25.

Revelation chapters 18-22 also give another view of this day several times. In any case, judgment day will not be pretty, a party or a general good time for those who rejected the grace and mercy of Jesus during their earthly lives. Death and destruction, no worse terror awaits them on that day. It will be far worse than anything Hollywood ever produced. People will seek to escape but they will fall into another trap. Everyone who persecuted Christians will see the fruit of their labor. The great and powerful, kings, ceo’s, the middle class and the poor all alike will be gathered for the day of destruction.

On the other hand, everyone who trusted in the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ will be gathered together on the mount of the Lord. The day of judgment for most people will be like a wedding banquet for Jesus’ people, the Christians. On that day Death is swallowed up forever. No more will death’s dark veil cover us. No longer will death cause us to fear (though it shouldn’t for us now either).

The Last Day is a great day of joy for Christians. Every tear shall be wiped away. Eternal joy shall be ours. Most importantly, we shall see our God and our Lord Jesus Christ. We shall receive him fully as we are fully received by him.

 

Heavenly Father, ever grant us greater faith that we may persevere unto the day of your Son’s second advent, that we may escape the judgment of the earth and enter into his eteranal kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 7th


 

#DailyDevotion The real cause of global warming

Read Is 24:1–13

Isa 24:1-5 Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants. (2) And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. (3) The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for the LORD has spoken this word. (4) The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the highest people of the earth languish. (5) The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.

Well, no good news in that reading. Isaiah is speaking of the last day here and much that is here can be seen also in Revelation chapter eighteen. Perhaps we already see much of this happening in our lifetime. Calamities and the like will continue until the last day. Things will get more intense until it is utter destruction. It will come upon all people in all levels of society, every age, every nation, language, tongue and people. Destruction upon the world for Rom 3:10-12 “None is righteous, no, not one; (11) no one understands; no one seeks for God. (12) All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

The Lord speaks, “The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.” The law of God is written on the hearts of mankind. No one, not even the little ones have kept it. Even or babes do not come into this world trusting in the Lord of Hosts. Everyone has broken the covenant God made with the world at the time of flood.

You’re probably looking around the world, seeing how crazy it is and wondering why does God allow all this stuff to happen. Well we are under a curse, a curse we have brought down upon ourselves and the world we live in. We are suffering for our guilt. God allows this stuff to happen because he is calling us to repent. He calls us to turn from our sin, iniquity and faithlessness and to turn and look to his son Jesus Christ. We are to look to his cross and see the guilt of the world, our guilt there and know there and only there that God still loves us and makes a new covenant with us. From that cross of Jesus Christ, redemption for mankind is won and proclaimed and the redemption of creation has taken place. There is good news, Rom 8:19 “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God…:21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God…23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”

Heavenly Father, forgive us our iniquity. Grant us faith in your son Jesus Christ and give us your Holy Spirit that we may truly repent of our sins and trust you in all things. Preserve us in the true faith until the day we see our hope, the redemption of our bodies and all creation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 6th


Read Is 14:1–23

Isa 14:1 For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob… 9 Sheol beneath is stirred up to meet you when you come; it rouses the shades to greet you, all who were leaders of the earth; it raises from their thrones all who were kings of the nations. (10) All of them will answer and say to you: ‘You too have become as weak as we! You have become like us!’ (11) Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, the sound of your harps; maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers. (12) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! (13) You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (15) But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.

The mystery of Christ that St. Paul talks about, i.e. that Gentiles will be grafted unto Israel, is manifested here in verse one. It is amazing that as the Lord has compassion of Jacob and Israel, he converts his people to having faith in Christ. On top of that, with that same message, the Gentiles are also converted to having faith in Christ and are attached to Israel. (Rom. 9)

Yet we move on to verses 9 and following and we come across a passage that once was thought to refer to Lucifer aka Satan because of verse 12, the Day Star in Latin is translated Lucifer, which means bringer of light. In Isaiah’s prophecy, he is actually referring to the king of Babylon, who will not be on the scene for another hundred years or so. Like the kings of Assyria, the kings of Babylon will think they won for themselves kingdoms and subjected peoples. Yet the Lord, the King of the Universe, is the cause of both the Assyrian and Babylonian, not to mention the Greeks, Romans, French, Spaniards, English, Germans and Americans rise to power. Like many kingdoms many of these are infected with the spirit of Babylon, a desire for world power and uniting mankind under one of its rulers. Ultimately, the king of Babylon and all worldly leaders who do not give credit or have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be received in the fashion of verse ten. Ultimately, at the end of time, the final worldly king or antichrist will raise his head and desire to be like the Most High. He may be one who comes the closest to fulfilling Babylon’s desire for the world. As close as he gets, he, the devil and his false prophets will be cast down to the far reaches of the pit.

For there can only be One King and that King is Jesus. He is the king that sacrifices himself on behalf of his people, all those that will humble themselves and put their trust in him alone. All those who give all glory to Jesus because they believe that salvation is won by Christ and his sacrificial work and glorious resurrection will join Christ in his kingdom, the New Jerusalem, the new heavens and new earth. We will find our rest in him then even as we only find our rest in him now.

Gracious God, Heavenly Father, cast down all who are proud in their hearts and those who seek power apart from you and grant them and us repentance from our sins and faith and trust in the merits and works of your Son, Jesus Christ, our only King and Lord. In his name we pray. Amen