Thursday, August 5
Revelation 13:1-10 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names...
think about it.
Describe the beast from the sea (13:1-2). What type of people worship the beast (13:8)? Why do you think people are willing to worship something like this but still reject the one true God?
The Antichrist comes on the scene today in Revelation 13:1-10. He is depicted as "a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous name on its heads." (vs. 1) We see that Satan gives his power, his throne and authority to this beast (Antichrist) and the people marveled at the beast and they worshipped the dragon (Satan) and the beast (Antichrist) saying "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?" (vs.2-4).
What's being described and taking place in these verses is sickening and it makes me sad. Did you notice the willingness, almost an eagerness, by the people to follow anything other than God? It really gives us a good glimpse of our rebellious, self-centered human natures and how deep down we all want to do what is right in our own eyes.
So as followers of Christ our goal and desire should be to become more like Christ. But here's the thing, we still live in the flesh and our human natures are intact. We still sin, we wander and sometimes we even turn our backs on God. So what can we do to stay focused on God and living a life that's pleasing to Him? What do we combat being pulled away and influenced by the thinking and actions of the world? Tami W.
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