🎯TOPIC: BE STEADFAST
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13:1. Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
13:2. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like [the feet of] a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
13:3. And [I saw] one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
13:4. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who [is] like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
13:5. And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
13:6. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
13:7. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
13:8. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
13:9. If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
13:10. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
✝️🗒️ STUDY: In verses 1-10 of today’s passage, we see the beast that came out of the sea. It is the image of the dragon. It is God-opposing, Christ-hating and also represents political powers of this world that persecute the church. The beast is the counterfeit Christ called the Antichrist. He will be given power, a throne and a great authority by Satan himself(v.2). His reign of terror shall not last, for he can only go as far as God permits(vv. 5-7). All who dwell on earth shall worship him, but the redeemed will not worship him, for the Lord Jesus Christ promised to secure them. This beast is active in the world today as in the days of the early church. We must be spiritually discerning.
The Antichrist is coming, so is Jesus Christ! Will you worship God and the Lamb or the dragon and the beast? The choice is yours. You must take a stand; there is no neutral ground. It will be costly to follow Christ in this world, but you can’t afford to compromise! Take a stand for Christ! Even if your life is threatened or your job, health and money taken away, hold fast to your faith and follow the Lamb. One day, you will stand and reign with him forever!
✝️🙏PRAYER:Lord Jesus, help me to take a stand for You and remain faithful to the end, Amen.
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