Revelation 13:5-7 ‘The beast was given power to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for 42 months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.’
The antichrist beast will express the blasphemous and bitter hatred at the centre of his heart and betray the motives and hatred of his master.
Daniel 11:36 ‘The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods.’
Satan always aspired to reach great heights by false and unrighteous means.
Isaiah 14:13 ‘You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven, I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly…”
But his corrupt ways brought him down.
Isaiah 14:15 ‘But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.’
By contrast, the way of our Lord is the path of humility.
Philippians 2:3 ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.’
We are called to the path of humble service.
Matthew 20:26 ‘Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and wheoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
There is a world of difference between Jesus serving mankind and giving the glory to the Father and the antichrist who desires to rule over mankind and who seeks the glory for himself.
Jesus humbled himself and was exalted.
Philippians 2:8a ‘...he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on the cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place.’
The antichrist beast will exalt and glorify himself but will come to ruin.
Daniel 11:45 ‘He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no-one will help him.’
Let us follow Jesus our Lord and follow the path of humble service!
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- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!