may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and width, height and depth,
and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
However, I have let you live for this purpose: to show you My power and to make My name known in all the earth.
You are still acting arrogantly against My people by not letting them go.
The floods have lifted up, LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their pounding waves.
Greater than the roar of many waters-- the mighty breakers of the sea-- the LORD on high is majestic.
As my hand seized the idolatrous kingdoms, whose idols exceeded those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
and as I did to Samaria and its idols will I not also do to Jerusalem and its idols?
But when the Lord finishes all His work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, [He will say,] "I will punish the king of Assyria for his arrogant acts and the proud look in his eyes."
For he said: I have done [this] by my own strength and wisdom, for I am clever. I abolished the borders of nations and plundered their treasures; like a mighty warrior, I subjugated the inhabitants.
My hand has reached out, as if into a nest, to seize the wealth of the nations. Like one gathering abandoned eggs, I gathered the whole earth. No wing fluttered; no beak opened or chirped.
On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven above and kings of the earth below.
The tree grew large and strong; its top reached to the sky, and it was visible to the ends of the earth.
Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, greatness, glory, and majesty to your predecessor Nebuchadnezzar.
Because of the greatness He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages were terrified and fearful of him. He killed anyone he wanted and kept alive anyone he wanted; he exalted anyone he wanted and humbled anyone he wanted.
But when his heart was exalted and his spirit became arrogant, he was deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken from him.
He was driven away from people, his mind was like an animal's, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with dew from the sky until he acknowledged that the Most High God is ruler over the kingdom of men and sets anyone He wants over it.
"But you his successor, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this.
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. The vessels from His house were brought to you, and as you and your nobles, wives, and concubines drank wine from them, you praised the gods made of silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But you have not glorified the God who holds your life-breath in His hand and who controls the whole course of your life.
He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God's sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God.
And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. He had 10 horns and seven heads. On his horns were 10 diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.
The beast I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like a bear's, and his mouth was like a lion's mouth. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
One of his heads appeared to be fatally wounded, but his fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast.
They worshiped the dragon because he gave authority to the beast. And they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to wage war against him?"
A mouth was given to him to speak boasts and blasphemies. He was also given authority to act for 42 months.
He began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling-- those who dwell in heaven.
And he was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. He was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.
All those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways!
They devise crimes [and say,] "We have perfected a secret plan." The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it up.
False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
so that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his intentions.
But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be corrupted from a complete and pure devotion to Christ.
The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,
and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. [They perish] because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.
For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,
so that all will be condemned-- those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.
I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who haven't known the deep things of Satan-- as they say-- I do not put any other burden on you.
So the great dragon was thrown out-- the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him.
He deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound yet lived.
But the beast was taken prisoner, and along with him the false prophet, who had performed signs on his authority, by which he deceived those who accepted the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish-- ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
The Father and I are one."
For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.
When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!
"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.
I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them.
for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love
But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus,
so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in [His] kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
But when the goodness and love for man appeared from God our Savior,
He saved us-- not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This [Spirit] He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.
We love because He first loved us.