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.’
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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!