Today you should read: Revelation 17:7-18
John’s vision of the end times is coming to a close, and with it the greater narrative that is revealed in scripture is coming to completion. The evil that was introduced in Genesis has manifested itself in a final attempt to control the world. The beast is the Antichrist, and he will bring together the powers of the world in a final, futile attempt to achieve their goal of attaining universal power and resisting God. This treason against God does not go unpunished. The Lamb, who is Jesus, returns to fight against the Antichrist and all of the powers of the world he assembles “because He [Jesus] is Lord of all lords and King of all kings.” (v. 14)
The woman woos the kings of earth and causes the dwellers of earth to become drunk with sexual immorality. These kings and rulers are represented in the text as the scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns. The woman has control over the seven heads, who are kings from all over the world. Ironically, we see that “The scarlet beast and his ten horns all hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her remains with fire.” (v. 16) This destruction is the logical end to this kind of evil. The Antichrist desires to be the ultimate ruler of his worldwide empire and challenge God for absolute authority on earth, but he will never be able to achieve his goal.
Even with the uncertainty we face today, we can stand firmly on the promises of God. First, we can know and trust that Christ has already won the war.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Second, we can know that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Finally, we can trust that we, as believers, will be with Him for all eternity, regardless of what happens to the world.
I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13
Our King wins the war over evil, in fact He already has! When Christ was resurrected from the grave, he dealt the deathblow to sin, to hell, and to the grave. We serve a risen, victorious King, a mighty warrior.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!
Posted by: Alex Boswell