Habakkuk


Habakkuk: Vision of Hope

CHAPTER ONE

 

Habakkuk saw the vision of God.  1-4

   Habakkuk saw violence and iniquity, strife and contention.

   Law and judgement were perverted and slacked on every hand.

   “Where there is no vision the people perish.”

   In 2015 people are perishing without hope.

 

God is doing a work.  5

” Behold among the nations and wonder marvelously:”

   If hope is desired in 2015, turn from what man is doing and look at what God is doing.

 

Invasion; The Beginning of Gods Work  6-11

   God raises a bitter, violent people, “to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.”

   They scoff at kings. They will be held guilty. Their strength is their god. 

 

God has established them to correct His people. 12-17

   For His people to turn from the god of pride, the god of pleasure, the god of covetousness, 

   the god of power, unto the God of All.

 

   II Chronicles 7:14  “If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, 

   and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,

   and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

   GOD WILL !!!

   For those who do, their God is their strength. 

 

CHAPTER TWO

 

Habakkuk positioned himself.  1

   He stood upon his watch and diligently sought God’s will for him, and for how he should

   respond unto God. What is God’s purpose for my life?

 

The vision will surely come.  2-4

   God said,”Though it tarry, wait for it;”

   Christ told His followers, “Watch therfore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”  

   Matthew 24:42

 

God will divide the sheep and the goats.  4

   God will the proud whose soul is lifted  up from those who serve Christ in faith,

 

The proud will not stand before God.  5-12

   He enlarges his desire as hell, and cannot be satisfied.  He heaps unto himself all people.

   He increases that which is not his by bloodshed and violence.   He covets evil gain by any means

   that he may set his nest high above others, that he may be delivered from the power of evil. 

 

God will fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord!!!  13,14 

   All people labor for on earth is vanity and of no eternal value. Only the things of God are of 

   Eternal value. Nothing at all compares with the glory of God! Nothing!

 

God’s right hand will come against those who entice and seduce with alcohol.  15-17

   Crime and unjust gain, lies and deception, bloodshed, violence and rage often accompany

   strong drink.  Proverbs 4:17;  20:1.

    New wine is often seen in joyful festal gatherings.  John 2:1-11

 

Those trusting their own works for salvation will not profit.  18,19

   “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us,

   by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”  Titus 3:5 

 

The Lord is in His holy temple!!!  20

   The Lord is reigning upon His throne. Whatever happens in 2015 or beyond does not change

   that. God is exalted above all!!!  There is no other source of hope.  Let the earth keep silent 

   and watch for Him to fill the earth with glory!

   Titus 2:11-14

 

CHAPTER THREE

 

Prayer of Triumph!  1,2

   A prayer for God to triumph over evil.

   Habakkuk heard of the mighty power of God.

   He prayed, “O Lord, revive Thy work”

   “In the midst of the years, make Yourself known.”   Amplified

   In the coming wrath on earth…….remember mercy upon those who fear Your Name.

 

God came!!!  3-9a

   God rode upon His chariots of salvation!!!

   He threshed the heathen in anger.

   His ways are everlasting!!!

 

   Exodus 14:13,14  “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation

   of the Lord, which He shall shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye

   shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

 

   Deuteronomy 33:26,27  “There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven

   in thy help, and in His excellency on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are

   the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”

 

   Isaiah 59:19  “So shall they fear the Name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the

   rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift

   up a standard against him.”

 

The sun and the moon stood still!!  9b-12

   Joshua 10:8-14

 

In 2015 God’s people need to hear.

In 2015 God’s people need to see.

In 2015, God’s people need to pray…….

O Lord, make Thyself known!

 

God will have ALL men be saved.

Even those who have done wrong against us!!!

We must pray God also make Himself know unto them that they be saved from wrath to come.

I Timothy 2:1-8

 

We must be servants of the Lord, “…that they may recover themselves out of the snare of

the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”  II Timothy 2: 24-26

 

   GOD WILL !!!

 

God went forth for the salvation of His people!!! 13-15

   God wounded the head and discovered the foundation of the wicked.

 

God will go forth for the salvation of Israel.

   Micah 4:11-13

 

   God will go forth for the salvation of those anointed with the Holy Spirit of God

   who confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

      I Thessalonians 4:13-17

 

   The religion of antichrist will be wounded and struck through.

      Revelation 19:11-16

 

   The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord!!

 

Habakkuk found rest in the coming day of trouble and invasion.  16

   In the God of his salvation!  17-19

   Though all else fails…….”I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”

   “The Lord God is my strength.”

   “He will make me walk upon my high places.”

 

            Above all tribulation…….

 

In The Lord Jesus Christ, 2015 could be called……. “Year of Hope”