Revelation 18 - Day 877 (link to reading)
Scripture: Revelation 18:11-17
Observation: John depicts the sorrow of those who worshipped the harlot.
Application: Everyone has an agenda which is often revealed by what they worship. The kings and merchants who worshipped the great harlot lost their ability to create wealth and thus mourned her death. Be wary of our enemy and his emissaries, for their agenda is to steal, kill and destroy the children of God.
Prayer: Lord, help us to discern the motives of everyone we meet so that we may represent You as Holy and Righteous...
Revelation 17 - Day 876 (link to reading)
Scripture: Revelation 17:1-2
Commentary: Rev 17:1–18 contains three main sections: (1) the introduction to 17:3–19:10 (vv 1–2), (2) the vision of the woman seated on a scarlet beast (vv 3–6), and (3) the interpretation of the vision (vv 7–18). In the introductory summary (vv 1–2), one of the bowl angels invites the author to visit the scene of the judgment of the great whore seated (i.e., enthroned) by many waters (later interpreted in v 15 as symbolizing the people of the world). This judgment is based on two patently allegorical charges: (1) the kings of the earth have “fornicated” with her, and (2) the inhabitants of the earth have become “intoxicated” from her “wine” (i.e., her “fornication”). “Fornication” or “sexuality immorality” is emphasized as the primary crime of Babylon-Rome in 17:3–19:10. While various forms of sexual immorality are used in the OT as a metaphor for Israel’s lapses into idolatry, and some non-Israelite trade and commerce centers such as Tyre and Nineveh were denounced under the metaphor of prostitution (probably because economic ties resulted in Israel’s importation of new religious practices), here sexual immorality is a metaphor for the political alliances between Babylon-Rome and her client kingdoms and allies, and “intoxication” suggests the victimization of the people of the world by Rome.
Aune, D. E. (1998). Revelation 17–22 (Vol. 52C, pp. 959–960). Word, Incorporated.
Application: "Similar to chapter 12, which provides a concise history of Satan’s efforts to destroy Christ and God’s people, Revelation 17 documents the work of a powerful, false religious system that has long deceived and ruled over numerous nations and peoples."
Meaning, our enemy is alive and actively opposing our Lord Jesus and his children - us.
Prayer: Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Holy Spirit, Three in One...
Revelation 16 - Day 875 (link to reading)
Scripture: Revelation 16:17
Thought: Like everything else here on earth, there will be a conclusion ending the plagues, the retribution, and even our enemy.
Prayer: Come Lord Jesus, come...
Revelation 15 - Day 874 (link to reading)
Scripture: Revelation 15:1-2
Thought: The purpose of biblical prophecy is to give us a glimpse into the future to help us live faithfully today.
Prayer; Lord, I confess my need for You and Your grace...
Revelation 14 - Day 873 (link to reading)
Scripture: Revelation 14:6-13
Observation: John continues his discourse to encourage Christians throughout the ages.
Application: The conflict between good and evil continues because God has given us the freedom to choose whether we will worship or reject Him. This freedom is both a blessing and a curse. Choose wisely, for the consequences are eternal.
Prayer: Lord, I choose to worship You, help me to surrender everything.
Husband, Father, Pastor....
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