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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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The Beast out of the Sea!

Scripture reading for December 17th:  Revelation 13

The spiritual conflict between the dragon who tried to devour the “male child” of the woman of Revelation 12 now spreads to the offspring of those who “obey God’s commands and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”   John now saw the dragon standing on the shore of the sea.

“And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.  He had ten horns and seven heads, and ten crowns on his horns, and on each head, a blasphemous name.  The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.  The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.  One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed.  The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.”  (Revelation 13:1-3)

This beast was a mixture of the beasts  seen by Daniel in Daniel 7.  But this beast came out of the sea, which according to Revelation 17:15, are the peoples, nations and languages of the earth.  Empowering this beast was the dragon, Satan, who deceived the nations into following the beast through a miraculous healing of the apparently fatal wound of one of the beast’s heads.  Satan loves counterfeiting Jesus.  The beast is given authority for forty-two months–three and a half years,  and he blasphemes God and those who live in heaven and is allowed power over the saints and nations.  (Revelation 13:6-7)  “This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.”  (Revelation 13:10)  The saints will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ!  (Revelation 12:11)  This time of the seventh trumpet is a time of testing for God’s people who are left on earth.

 

 

 

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The Great Prostitute!

Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 17:1-18

“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.”” (Revelation 17:1-2)    John was carried away in the Spirit to a desert where he saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast covered with blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.  She held a golden cup full of  “abominable things and the filth of her adulteries”.  This woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and had a name on her forehead:   MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:4-5)

This woman and beast were a picture of something God wanted to share with John and the Bride of Christ, the Church.  The many waters that the prostitute was sitting on represented peoples and multitudes and nations that would not repent but followed the beast and received his mark.  This beast would come up from the Abyss and go to his destruction.  He was the one with seven heads and ten horns.  The angel told John that the seven heads were seven hills where the woman sat.  The ten horns were ten kings who would rule with the beast for a short time:  one hour.  These ten kings would give their power to the beast to make war against the Lamb.  The Lamb would defeat them with His faithful followers!  (Revelation 17:8-14)

“The beast and ten horns (kings) you saw will hate the prostitute.  They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.  For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled.  The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” The woman (great prostitute)  was the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.  The readers of John’s day would have understood Rome as the city of ‘seven hills’.  This ‘city’ is a picture of a humanistic world system that hates God and rules the world in the last days.  God will fulfill His Word!

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