Revelation 13: MSG
1 And the Dragon stood on the shore of the sea. I saw a Beast rising from the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads—on each horn a crown, and each head inscribed with a blasphemous name.
2 The Beast I saw looked like a leopard with bear paws and a lion’s mouth. The Dragon turned over its power to it, its throne and great authority.
3 One of the Beast’s heads looked as if it had been struck a deathblow, and then healed. The whole earth was agog, gaping at the Beast.
4 They worshiped the Dragon who gave the Beast authority, and they worshiped the Beast, exclaiming, “There’s never been anything like the Beast! No one would dare go to war with the Beast!”
5 The Beast had a loud mouth, boastful and blasphemous. It could do anything it wanted for forty-two months.
6 It yelled blasphemies against God, blasphemed his Name, blasphemed his Church, especially those already dwelling with God in Heaven.
7 It was permitted to make war on God’s holy people and conquer them. It held absolute sway over all tribes and peoples, tongues and races.
8 Everyone on earth whose name was not written from the world’s foundation in the slaughtered Lamb’s Book of Life will worship the Beast.
9 Are you listening to this?
10 They’ve made their bed; now they must lie in it. Anyone marked for prison goes straight to prison; anyone pulling a sword goes down by the sword. Meanwhile, God’s holy people passionately and faithfully stand their ground.
11 I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.
12 It was a puppet of the first Beast, made earth and everyone in it worship the first Beast, which had been healed of its deathblow.
13 This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven.
14 It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived.
15 It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.
16 It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
17 Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
18 Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: six hundred sixty-six.
As an evangelist, pastor, and a gospel musician/singer I was barely ever at a lost for words. However, as I try to write this article I will admit I am at a lost.
Over the past several months and days I have been giving much thought to something that is sobering, even in just a passing thought. I have stated in previous articles that it is my opinion that America is not mentioned in Biblical end-time prophecy. I find that the Scriptures remain silent about this land in the west.
History shows that empires rise and also fall. In the vision of Nebuchadnezzar he saw empires that would fall in sucession. Those being, Babylon(head of Gold), Medo-Persian(arms of silver). Greek(thighs and legs), Roman(feet). These falls are recorded history, and prophesided by Daniel.
Through the words of the Apostle John in the book of Revelation that a former empire will rise again.
Revelation 13: KJV
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Many theoogians, evangelicals, and others hold to the school of thought that this revived empire will be Rome, the Papacy.
However, I have come to believe this will not be the case. As far as I can understand the revived empire will be the Babylonian Empire, the head of the image in the book of Daniel.
We also know that there is coming a world leader who will put into place a one world government. This leader will also initiate a new ecomonic system, and give power to a new religious order.
The Beginning of The End?
When listening to the news it is filled with turmoil across the length and breadth of the planet. Governments, nations shaking to the near destruction and total annihilation. Yet, if we know the Scriptures we already know that Christ gave us a brilliantly picture of these end time days. Wars and rumours of war, nation against nation, brother and against brother.
Matthew 24: KJV
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Now these symtons have now reached North and South America. America is extremely divided, so much that if the rift keeps growing it could mean the downfall of the country.
Hatred seems to have been unleashed, ethnic discrimination runs amok around the world. Anti-Semetic feelings are at a level not seen since the reign of Adolf Hitler in Germany in the late 1930’s until 1945.
So, I must admit that my thoughts have been this, “is this the beginning of the end” as we read in Matthew twenty four and in the Book of Revelation.
If history is about to repeat itself we can be sure that governments and the soon to be the world leader, hatred against Israel and then to the Christian will increase leading to persecution, and also death among these two groups.
Christians, the Body of Christ must guard against falling into this massive wave of hatred, racism, and anti-semetism. We may not always agree when it comes to “faith”, that is allowable, but, we cannot hate the person of a different faith. Through Christ we are to be a beacon that shines for others to see and be a welcoming refuge for all that surround us.
If Christians find themselves spouting racism, hatred, and anti-semitism, they have lowered themselves to the level of the world. They must return to the cross and ask for forgiveness and let the blood of Christ cleanse them and renew and refresh. For if they continue in the ways of hatred against other ethnic groups their witness is as “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal”.
If you look around many preachers and ministers act like there has been a “gag order” when it comes to all these events happening around the world. It is hard to find a voice that is giving a message to the body of Christ to prepare because of what is about to take place on this planet.
Revelation 3:1-6 KJV
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Matthew 24: KJV
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Take a look around, the stock market is soaring, jobs are coming back and everyone is care free, giving little thought of what is on the horizon. This was also the situation before the great depression in 1929.
The world is on the precipice of collapse of the world economy, the rise of a world leader that is describe as the “man of sin”, “son of perdition”, “anti-christ”.
Never Poke A Bear
Daniel 7:2-5 KJV
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
As it is, my understanding is a bear is fiercest when it awakes from hibernation.
Theologians mostly agree the bear mentioned in verse five is Russia. This bear is on the prowl. Bears do not make friends, they are carnivors, they will attack anything or anyone they consider as prey. The bear, Russia, is spoken of throughout Bible prophecy.
It is reported throughout news outlets that the president of Russia is trying to re-create the former Soviet Union. Russia’s armies have already invaded the Ukraine by annexing Crimea.
The Church of Sardis
The message to Sardis reveals nothing definite about the church’s predicament beyond the fact that it is about to die. Only the metaphorical reference to those few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes(v. 4) offers a possible clue. They are promised that they will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy (v. 4), a promise immediately reinforced by a word to those who “overcome,” who will, like them, be dressed in white, whose names will not be blotted from the book of life, but rather acknowledged before my Father and his angels (v. 5; compare Mt 10:32-33 par. Lk 12:8-9). At Sardis, clearly, the few who had not soiled their garments were the “overcomers.” (excerpt taken from: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Rev/Message-Sardis)
The body of Christ, in my opinion, is standing at the crossroads, two choices, deny the world and follow Christ, or continue in their gluttony of wealth and lose their souls to the devil.
I realize that I must sound lke one broken record but deep within me is an urgency to speak and call attention to the dangers that are creeping in to the Body of Christ in North America.