Be ready (Revelation 13; John 12; Zechariah 9)

“If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword he must be slain.  Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”  Revelation 13:10

As we get nearer and nearer to Christmas, it seems, at least in our city, “that people are kinder and more loving than at other times in the year.”  Could it be that this season helps us to see, for even a few days, the need to be different?

This morning I awoke to a different scene before me in God’s Word.  As I turned the page to Revelation 13, I had before me the memory of connecting the dots from Revelation 12.

I already knew the enemy was building support to stand against God.  Unlike the days leading up to Christmas, the days leading up to the Lord’s Second-coming will be days of great hatred!!!

Here is an overview of chapter 13:

  • We see the identifying of the unholy Trinity.

We see the dragon-Satan; We see the first beast-the Antichrist; and we see the second beast-the False Prophet.  This unholy trinity is described in verse two as a group that is fast, strong, and vicious in character.  So unlike the slaughtered lamb who came to save us.

  • We see the influence of the unholy Trinity.

In verses 3 the entire earth marvels at this trinity and in verse 4 the entire earth worships at the feet of this unholy trinity.  For three-and-one-half years the influence is unchallenged in its authority.  The whole earth submits to being marked by this unholy trinity.

Question:  “What are those people who are Christ followers (followers of the Holy Trinity) to do in response to this news?”

John gives us the clear response:

  1. We are to endure for the sake of the gospel.
  2. We are to be expectant for the sake of the gospel.
  3. We are to be evangelistic for the sake of humanity.

As we near that day, I hear heaven crying out, “Be ready!!!  Get others ready!!!”  This is our call.  This is our choice, John 12:20-26!  Our king is coming, Zechariah 9:9-10!!!  Make ready a people to meet Him.

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