THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS, DRUNK WITH BLOOD
Today's Reading: Revelation 17
Key Verse: Revelation 17:17
For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
Apocalyptic literature with its "picture language" is not too concerned about logic, clarity, and precision. This shouldn't trouble us…rather, it should challenge us. Literally thousands of authors have taken up the challenge, and no two agree totally on every point of interpretation. We read of in this chapter multi-headed beasts, horns, bowls, and cups. John sees a "great prostitute" sitting "on many waters" (verse 1), "on seven hills" (verse 9), and on a "scarlet beast" (verse 3).
The "beast will come up out of the Abyss" and has seven heads and 10 horns…referring to future kings who work in conjunction with the beast at the very end of history, when they will "make war against the Lamb" (verse 14a). There are two encouraging things to notice: 1. Those whose names are "written in the book of life" (verse 8) will not be "astonished" nor will they be conquered by the beast (verse 14c); and 2. Even while these last-day, evil forces do their foul deeds, they will be accomplishing God's purposes (verse 17a). Everything is under His control.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, thank you that You're in ultimate control of human history. May many souls come to realize Your sovereignty and place their trust in You for today and for eternity. In Jesus' Name. Amen!
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