"Our BATTLE is not against human forces but against the rulers and authorities and their dark powers that govern this world. We are struggling against the spirits and supernatural forces of evil." - Ephesians 6:12

1st  Decade: Jesus, the King of Glory, is Born in Bethlehem

At that time the emperor issued a decree for a census of the whole empire to be taken. This first census was taken while Quirinus was governor of Syria. Joseph set out from Nazareth of Galilee with Mary, his wife, who was with child. They were in Bethlehem when the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to a son, her firstborn. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, with the Glory of the Lord shining around them.  As they were terrified, the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid; I am here to give you good news, great joy for all the people. Today a Savior has been born to you in David's town; he is the Messiah and the Lord." Suddenly the angel was surrounded by many more heavenly spirits, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest; peace on earth for God is blessing humankind." – cf. Luke 2:1-14

1    "Who is the King of glory? The Lord, the strong, the mighty, the Lord, valiant in battle."  - Psalms 24:8

1.2    "When the hour of battle draws near, the priest shall advance to the head of the army and shall speak to the people saying: "Listen, Israel, today you are to enter into battle against your enemies. Do not let your heart be discouraged, or afraid or troubled, and do not tremble before them, for the Lord, your God, is with you, to fight in your favor against your enemies and save you." - Deuteronomy 20:2-4

1.3   "They will fight against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings; and with him will be his followers who have been called and chosen and are faithful." -Rev. 17:14

1.4    "Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle." - Psalms 144:1

1.5    "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you." – Matthew 5:3, 10-12

1.6.    "Fight the good fight of faith and win everlasting life to which you were called when you made the good profession of faith in the presence of so many witnesses."  - 1 Timothy 6:12

1.7   "They were strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain firm in the faith, for they said, "We must go through many trials to enter the Kingdom of God." - Acts 14:22

1.8    "Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, "See him; he will be for the rise or fall of the multitudes of Israel. He shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul. Then the secret thoughts of many may be brought to light."  - Luke 2:34-35

1.9    "We are more than conquerors, thanks to him who has loved us."  - Romans 8,37

1.10  "The word of the LORD came to me: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I consecrated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you…I am the one who today makes you a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of brass, against the whole land…They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord."  – Jeremiah 1

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. – 2 Timothy 4:1-5

2nd Decade: The Baptism of Jesus

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And the moment he came up out of the water, heaven opened before him and he saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And these words were heard from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have chosen." – Mark 1:9-11

"Your ancient ruins will be rebuilt; the age-old foundations will be raised.  You will be called the Breach-mender, and the Restorer of ruined houses."  - Isaiah 58:12

2.2 Maccabeus felt confident and put his trust in God's help. He encouraged his men not to fear the attack of the pagans, and not to forget the times God had come to their help, confident that even now God would give them victory. He roused their spirit with the words of the Law and the Prophets, reminding them of previous triumphs. Then Maccabeus stretched forth his hands to heaven and called on the Lord who works marvels, for he knew that God gives victory to those who deserve it, and this does not depend on weapons, but on the will of God. Judas and his men entered into battle with supplication and prayer.  As they fought with their hands, their hearts prayed to God. And being so magnificently strengthened by the manifest presence of God, they killed no less than 35,000 enemies.  When the battle ended, and they returned rejoicing, they blessed God in their ancestral language amidst shouts and clamors (cf. 2 Mac. 15:6-29).

2.3 "People can notice in our upright life, knowledge, patience and kindness, action of the Holy Spirit, sincere love, words of truth and power of God. So we fight with the weapons of justice, to attack as well as to defend." - 2 Corinthians 6:6-7

2.4 "Timothy, my son, I command you to fight the good fight, fulfilling the prophetic words pronounced over you."  - 1 Timothy 1:18  

2.5 "Constantly give thanks to the Father who has empowered us to receive our share in the inheritance of the saints in his kingdom of light."  - Colossians 1:12

2.6 "Do not let evil defeat you, but conquer evil with goodness."  - Romans 12:21

2.7 "In this the just judgment of God may be seen; for you must show yourselves worthy of the kingdom of God for which you are now suffering."  - 2 Thessalonians 1:5

2.8 "They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they gave up their lives going to death."  - Revelation 12:11

2.9 "But give thanks to God who gives us the victory through Christ Jesus, our Lord."  - 1 Cor. 15:57

2.10  "With God we will gain victory; he will crush the enemy for us."  - Psalms 60:14


"I beg you, dearly beloved, by the mercy of God, to give yourselves as a living and holy sacrifice pleasing to God: such is the worship of a rational being. Don't let yourselves be shaped by the world where you live, but rather be transformed through the renewal of your mind. You must discern the will of God: what is good, what pleases, what is perfect. The grace that God has given me allows me to tell each of you: be active, but not indiscreet. Let each one exercise wisely the gifts of faith granted by God.  Let each one of us, therefore, serve according to our different gifts. Let love be sincere. Hate what is evil and hold to whatever is good. Love one another and be considerate. Outdo one another in mutual respect.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not wish evil on anyone. Rejoice with those who are joyful, and weep with those who weep. Live in peace with one another. Do not dream of extraordinary things; be humble and do not hold yourselves as wise. Do not return evil for evil, but let everyone see your good will.  Do your best to live in peace with everybody. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but let God be the one who punishes, as Scripture says: Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord" -Romans 12:1-3, 6, 9-10, 14-19.

3rd Decade: Jesus Dies on the Cross

Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  Therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord. When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, 
that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (cf. 1 Cor. 1:17-2:1-5).

3.1  "Then Jesus called the people and his disciples and said, "If you want to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." – Mark 8:34

3.2  "He went to the cross burdened with our sins so that we might die to sin and live an upright life. For by his wounds you have been healed." – 1 Peter 2:24

3.3  "I have received a message from The Lord, a herald has been sent among the nations: "Assemble! Prepare for battle!  - Jeremiah 49:14

3.4 "I do not wish to take pride in anything except in the cross of Christ Jesus our Lord. Through him the world has been crucified to me and I to the world (Gal 6:14).

3.5  "He canceled the record of our debts, those regulations which accused us. He did away with all that and nailed it to the cross. Victorious through the cross, he stripped the rulers and authorities of their power, humbled them before the eyes of the whole world and dragged them behind him as prisoners." –Colossians 2:14-15

3.6  "All those born of God overcome the world. And the victory which overcomes the world is our faith. "Who has overcome the world? The one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."  - 1 John 5:4-5    

3.7  "Through him God willed to reconcile all things to himself, and through him, through his blood shed on the cross, God establishes peace, on earth as in Heaven.  At present I rejoice when I suffer for you; I complete in my own flesh what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body, which is the Church." - Colossians 1:20, 24

3.8  "Christ, in the days of his mortal life, offered his sacrifice with tears and cries. He prayed to him who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his humble submission."  - Hebrews 5:7

3.9 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Will it be trials, or anguish, persecution or hunger, lack of clothing, or dangers or sword?  No, in all of this we are more than conquerors, thanks to him who has loved us.  I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor spiritual powers, neither the present nor the future, nor cosmic powers, were they from heaven or from the deep world below, nor any creature whatsoever will separate us from the love of God, which we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord."  – Romans 8:35, 37-39

3.10  "He made my mouth like a sharpened sword.  He hid me in the shadow of his hand.  He made me into a polished arrow set apart in his quiver."  - Isaiah 49:2

Let us no longer speak of the circumcised and of non-Jews, but of a new creation.  Let those who live according to this rule receive peace and mercy: they are the Israel of God!  Let no one trouble me any longer: for my part, I bear in my body the marks of Jesus. May the grace of Christ Jesus our Lord be with your spirit brothers and sisters. Amen (Gal 6:15-18).

4th Decade: The Resurrection of Jesus


On the evening of that day, the first day after the Sabbath, the doors were locked where the disciples were, because of their fear of the Jews, but Jesus came and stood in their midst. He said to them, "Peace be with you"; then he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples kept looking at the Lord and were full of joy. Again Jesus said to them, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." After saying this he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit; for those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained." –John 20:19-23

4.1 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the world that was has passed away." - Revelation 21:4

4.2  "It is sown in humiliation, and it will be raised for Glory. It is buried in weakness, but the resurrection shall be with power. When buried it is a natural body, but it will be raised as a spiritual body." - 1 Corinthians 15:43

4.3  "But God raised him to life and released him from the pain of death, because it was impossible for him to be held in the power of death." — Acts 2:24

4.4  "I am the living one; I was dead and now I am alive for ever and ever; and mine are the keys of death and the netherworld."  - Revelation 1:18

4.5 "When our perishable being puts on imperishable life, when our mortal being puts on immortality, the word of Scripture will be fulfilled: Death has been swallowed up by victory." - 1 Corinthians 15:54

  4.6  "Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?"  - 1 Corinthians 15:55

4.7  "With God nothing is impossible." – Luke 1:37

4.8 "I have told you all this, so that in me you may have peace. You will have trouble in the world; but, courage! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

4.9 "A remnant of the house of Judah shall take root below and produce fruit above. For a remnant will come from Jerusalem and survivors from Mount Zion. The zeal of The Lord of hosts will accomplish this.  That is why the Lord has said…I will protect this city and so save it for my own sake." – 2 Kings 19:30-34

4.10  "You know what hour it is. This is the time to awake, for our salvation is now nearer than when we first believed; the night is almost over and day is at hand. Let us discard, therefore, everything that belongs to darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." – Romans 13:11-12

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him while Mary remained sitting in the house. And she said to Jesus, "If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you." Jesus said, "Your brother will rise again." Martha replied, "I know that he will rise in the resurrection, at the last day." But Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, though he die, shall live; and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" Martha then answered, "Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world" (John 11:20-27).

5th Decade: Pentecost

Indeed what the prophet Joel spoke about has happened: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on every mortal. Your sons and daughters will speak through the Holy Spirit; your young men will see visions and your old men will have dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants, both men and women, and they will be prophets. I will perform miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below. The sun will be darkened and the moon will turn red as blood, before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes. And then, whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved. –Acts 2:16-21


5.1  "Our God is indeed a consuming fire." - Hebrews 12:29 

5.2  "Sovereign Lord, enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness.  Stretch out your hand to heal and to work signs and wonders through the Name of Jesus your holy servant."  When they had prayed, the place where they were gathered together shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God boldly.  With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, for all of them were living in an exceptional time of grace (cf. Acts 4:24-33).

  5.3  "I baptize you in water for a change of heart, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I; indeed I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire." -Mathew 3:11

5.4 "But any spirit which does not recognize Jesus is not from God, it is the spirit of the antichrist. You have heard of his coming and even now he is in the world.  You, my dear children, are of God and you have already overcome these people, because the one who is in you is more powerful than he who is in the world."  - 1 John 4:3-4

5.5  "Greetings from your countryman, Epaphras, a good servant of Christ Jesus; he constantly BATTLES for you through his prayer that you be perfect and firm in whatever God asks of you." Colossians 4:12

5.6  "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."  - 2 Timothy 4:7 

5.7 "Most beloved, I had wanted to write to you about the salvation we all share, but now I feel I must urge you to fight for the faith God has given once for all to the saints."  - Jude 1:3

5.8 "By faith the walls of Jericho crumbled and fell… Do I need to say more? There is not enough time to speak of Gideon…and David, as well as Samuel and the prophets.  Through faith they fought and conquered nations, established justice, saw the fulfillment of God's promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the sword, were healed of their sicknesses, were valiant in battle, and repulsed foreign invaders.  – Hebrews 11:28-34 

5.9Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that in the evil day, you may resist and stand your ground, making use of all your weapons.  Take truth as your belt, justice as your breastplate, and zeal as your shoes to propagate the Gospel of peace.  Always hold in your hand the shield of faith to repel the flaming arrows of the devil.  - Ephesians 6:13-16

5.10  Finally, use the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, that is, the Word of God.  Pray at all times as the Spirit inspires you. Keep watch, together with sustained prayer and supplication for all the holy ones.  - Ephesians 6:17-18


The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.  Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near. Grace to you from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (cf. Revelation 1:1-6).

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