Scripture reading for December 17th: Jonah 1-3, Revelation 13
Key Scriptures: Revelation 13:1, 5-8 “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. . . . And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. Authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”
Earth dwellers don’t know about heaven and live by their flesh under the control of the devil. Those living in heaven, marked on earth by the Holy Spirit are persecuted by the earth dwellers. In the last days, a beast-like ruler will arise and be allowed to make war on the saints and conquer them. The heaven-dwellers (saints) will not worship this beast, but keeping their vows, only worship the Lamb.
Jonah 2:9 “But I with a voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit and Your Word of truth. I chose to worship You alone with thanksgiving! Salvation belongs to the Lord Jesus alone! Amen.