5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
The Lord revealed to the John that there would come a day when a “beast” would rise out of the crowds of the earth and would gain world-wide power. This “beast” is a man who rises with abnormal power and abnormal hatred against God and against God’s people. God will give this man the authority to wage war against God’s people and will seem to conquer them by killing and dominating them. While this will be a very dark time for the followers of Christ on this earth, we do know that this “beast” will not destroy Christianity.
Friends, there are powerful people in the world who hate Christianity and all that it stands for. They despise the Bible and those who read and live it. They are filled with their own lustful ways and prideful ideas and reject the grace of God at every opportunity. Their hatred comes out in a heartbeat as they live for themselves, against any of God’s righteousness. Know this, these haters of God will increase before the end of days.
But notice the bright spot here. In these dark days of godless rulers and godless living, there are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. This wonderful book has the names of all men and women that have given their sin to Christ and have received His righteousness from the Father. The death of Christ, God’s eternal Lamb, took place, as God sees it, from the foundation of the world. The blood of Christ is able to save all saints, Old Testament and New Testament, and today, who place their eternal faith in Him. Furthermore, all whose names are in this wonderful book will not now nor ever bow down to any other except the holy God of heaven. While all the inhabitants of the earth worship this awful beast, those who are known by God will refuse and will remain faithful to Him.
Come what may, we are in the right group. This group, those who names are written the Lamb’s book of life, will rejoice forever with each other and with our Savior, the Lord Jesus, the Lamb himself.
Pray for us today as we go to meet people in an impoverished community not far from our church. This little community faces flooding often but they have no where else to go. They have been flooded twice this week already. We have gotten to know one of the men who live there and he has invited us to meet the other families there. Our goal is to determine their needs and to see how, in love, we can care for them. By the end of today, I expect our fund for food to be zeroed out. By this time, we will have given out 47 sembako bags in the last three to four weeks. The need will continue. If you would like to help us with this, contact the church office or go to the church website for transfer information.
Have a great day in the Lord,