Focus Verse: He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him. (45)
This entire chapter is not talking about the Antichrist (most say it is a reference to the Hellenistic Seleucid king, Antiochus IV Epiphanes), but this last verse certainly is talking about the Antichrist. After wreaking much havoc, spewing blasphemy, and causing violent deaths, this false prophet will come to his end. No one will be able to save him. Everyone will recognize that God has all power.
Focus Verse: Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. (3)
Who is wise in God’s sight? Those who gain wealth and travel the world? Those who win friends and influence people? Those who devout themselves to academic study and athletic glory? No. The wise are those who believe God’s Word and obey it. The wise are those who love and worship God and strive to bring glory to Him. Those who win souls are wise.
1 Timothy 1
Focus Verse: Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. (13)
Paul considered himself the worst of sinners. His testimony gives affirmation to the fact that no one is beyond the saving grace and love of Jesus the Christ. The power of God can transform blasphemers into heavenly blessings, persecutors into bold preachers, and violent people into kingdom victors. God’s mercy is the same towards all people, irregardless of their sin; but perhaps it can be said that the more abundant the sin, the more abounding His mercy.