Revelation 17:8 No Grey Areas

Revelation 17:8 No Grey Areas

Continuing our study of Revelation 17.

Revelation 17:8  ‘The beast which you saw, once was, now is not and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction.’

To repeat then, there have been seven empires in world history that have opposed Israel. They have passed into time but the seventh and last empire will be revived in the end-times. This will be the beast empire. 

From an end-time perspective, this last beast empire once was, in the form of the Ottoman Empire or Islamic Caliphate, it will not be for a period of time, and at the time of writing it does not exist, but it will emerge as an evil end-time empire.

This empire, led by the antichrist and empowered by Satan, will have a devastating effect upon this world but will be defeated by Christ Jesus when he returns in power and glory. The antichrist will go to his destruction. 

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.’

Revelation 17:8a  ‘The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not and yet will come.’

The Islamic Empire controlled so much of the world at one time and brought such an influence upon the realms of culture, architecture and science. This empire will be revived and grow at such an alarming rate that the gullible will be astonished and will rush to become part of this uprising. 

The miraculous signs and political coercions of the antichrist will only serve to determine the minds of those wavering to follow the beast.

There will come a sharp and polarised difference between those who faithfully follow Jesus and those who reject him and follow the beast; between those whose names have been recorded in the book of life and those names have not. 

There will be no grey areas any more. 

There will be no place for luke-warm and half-committed Christians. We will be called to take our stand and commit ourselves to be faithful, even to the point of martyrdom. 

Thank you..

and previously:

  • Revelation 19:11 Faithful and True
    Our testimony is that Jesus has been faithful and true and stood alongside, through every storm that has been thrown at us, and never let go of us ever!
  • Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 

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