Tag: Revelation 17

Thankful for Christ’s Return!

Scripture reading for December 25th:  3rd John, Jude, Revelation 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Jude 20-21; “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”  

Revelation 1:7  “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.  So shall it be!  Amen.”

Both Jude and John, author of the Revelation, encouraged the church to watch and be ready for the return of the Lord Jesus.  For those who believed on Jesus Christ and were cleansed by His blood, Christ’s return would bring eternal life and the riches of God’s presence forever!  For the world and the unsaved of the earth, Christ’s return with the clouds of believers would be a cause for mourning as they would know the judgment of God was at hand!

Visions of Christ’s return:  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”  (Daniel 7:13)  “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”  (Zechariah 12:10)

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The Lamb will Overcome!

Scripture reading for December 22nd:  Revelation 17

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 17:12-14  “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.  They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.  They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”  

John was shown a vision of a prostitute sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.  This woman was drunk with the blood of the saints.  The angel showing John this vision cautioned him to have a mind of wisdom in understanding the symbols shown him.  He told him of a war against the Lamb and His followers that would last one hour!  The Lamb would over-come!

Observations for over-comers:  We will be with our Lord, The Lamb, who is King of Kings in His over-coming victory!  “The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble.  But the Lord will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.”  (Joel 3:16)

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The end of the great Prostitute!

Scripture reading for December 23rd:  Revelation 17

Adultery and idolatry go hand in hand in the Bible.  Sexual promiscuity was always a practice of those who worshiped other gods.  God, the Creator, had so designed sexual nature to be used in a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman, faithful to each other for life.   He also longed for a faithful covenant people that would worship Him alone as His Bride!  In rebellion, man violated the covenant by disobeying God’s commandments against idolatry and adultery!

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.  With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”  Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert.  There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.”  (Revelation 17:1-3)

This ‘great prostitute’ is a corrupt world system that sits upon the waters of the earth.  Revelation 17:15 describes the waters as peoples, nations, and languages.  This ‘great prostitute’ was revealed to John by the Spirit as riding on a great scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns.  She was dressed in stunning clothes and jewels and held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things.  This woman was drunk with the blood of the saints who had born the testimony of Jesus!  This corrupt world system of the prostitute had corrupted all the kings of the earth and the remaining people of earth.  This ‘adultery’ had made them and the peoples of the earth spiritually dull and drunk!  In the end, God will fulfill His promise to completely destroy Babylon and reduce it to nothing!  (Isaiah 21:8, Revelation 14:8, 16:19)  God is merciful to His faithful ones, but His justice must punish Satan and the wicked who refuse His grace!

 

 

 

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