Acts

Jesus leaves earth for the last time and is taken into heaven (Acts 1:1 – 1:11)

Luke notes that in his former book, he wrote about all the acts Jesus did until the day he was crucified and taken up to heaven. After his crucifixion, Jesus presented himself to the disciples and gave them many convincing proofs that he was alive. Jesus appeared to the disciples…
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Ezekiel

God did not abandon Israel – promises to restore Israel to greatness (Ezekiel 11:14 – 11:25)

The word of God came to Ezekiel. “Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from God. This land was given to us as our possession.’ Therefore tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:…
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Daniel

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden god and are thrown into a fiery furnace because of their rebellion (Daniel 3:1 – 3:30)

King Nebuchadnezzar created a massive golden image that was 90-feet high and 9-feet wide. He placed the gold image in the plains of Dura in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all other officials to come to the dedication of the image he…
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Revelation

The fall of Babylon the Great – in the final battle, Satan is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:1 – 19:10)

After witnessing the fall of the wicked city (the “great prostitute” who spilled the blood of God’s people), John heard a sound like the roar of many people in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power to our God for true and fair are his judgements. He has condemned the…
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Matthew

Jesus walks on water – Peter’s faith is tested (Matthew 14:22 – 14:33)

After feeding the 5,000, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and travel to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while he dismissed the crowd. After dismissing the crowd, Jesus went up onto a mountainside by himself and prayed. Later that night, Jesus was on the mountainside…
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Matthew

Jesus feeds the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:13 – 14:21)

When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he boarded a boat to travel to a solitary place. People heard that Jesus was leaving so they followed him on foot, around the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. When Jesus arrived on shore, he saw a large crowd.…
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Matthew

Under pressure from Herodias, King Herod takes the head of John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1 – 14:12)

During the time Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, Herod the tetrarch received reports about Jesus activities. Herod told his attendants, “This is John the Baptist, he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” Herod had arrested John the Baptist and bound him…
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Matthew

Despite great success teaching in Capernaum, Jesus’ home town take offense at his message and rejects him (Matthew 13:53 – 13:58)

After teaching the people using parables, Jesus left Capernaum and returned to his hometown. He began teaching people in their synagogue. The people were amazed. They asked, “Where did this man get his wisdom and miraculous powers? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother Mary? Aren’t his brothers James,…
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Revelation

The world mourns the fall of the woman riding the scarlet beast (aka the Great City by the Sea or Babylon the Great) (Revelation 18:1 – 18:24)

After witnessing the Great Prostitute by the waters, John saw another angel come from heaven. The angel had great authority and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. The angel shouted, “Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit,…
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Matthew

The parables of weeds, the mustard seed, the yeast, and the treasure (Matthew 13:24 – 13:52)

After Jesus explained why he used parables to present his New Testament message, he presented another parable to the disciples. “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. When the…
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