Revelation 13:16 Hunger

Revelation 13:16  Hunger

Continuing our study of Revelation 13.

Revelation 13:17  ‘...so that no-one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 

Despite the dazzling and deceptive charisma of the antichrist, nevertheless he will use force and coercion to get his way. Those who choose not to worship the antichrist and receive his mark of ownership will be reduced to great hardship. 

We have already seen this principle at work in the 1st century trade guilds. Those who did not comply with the immoral activities of the guilds were excluded from the promotions and benefits of belonging to the guild.

Some associate, with good reason, this verse with the food supply shortages described in Revelation 6. 

Revelation 6:6  ‘Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages…’

This verse suggests that society will be reduced to survival rations and even those supplies will be cut off if we do not conform to the demands of the antichrist.

A hungry belly will be much more likely to acquiesce to the demands of the antichrist than a full one. 

In many parts of this world, those who decide to follow Jesus have to face exclusion from the markets and destitution as the price of renouncing the religion of their culture and following Jesus instead. 

This takes great courage and fortitude but God will be with them.

Revelation 7:15  ‘Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger, never again will they thirst.’

Thank you for reading this.

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