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To Overcome Them

October 19, 2009

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To Overcome Them

First of all, the photo above displays some possible uses of WordPress logos for those who love to use WordPress to express their views.    This is a better picture than the one on yesterday’s post for the contest WordPress is now having for possible uses of their logo.    I think the blue logo would have looked much better on a blue MagLite, but I’m too cheap to go out and buy another flashlight.  🙂

Now it’s time to shed a little light on what I want to post about today.

The book of Revelation is written in a picture language that prophecies the very end times and a bit of heaven.    Although we can all read Revelation and get a very good idea of the main gist of what will be happening in this world, no one can claim to accurately identify particular events with all these different prophecies.     This book is meant to assure us of God’s control of our futures — no matter how awful things around us are.     We don’t have to know exact details — just be aware of the forces of evil that will be at work in the end days.

With that in mind, Revelation chapter 13 has something to say to us today.     It would be good to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider this chapter as we observe what is happening in the world today.    Obviously, people these days travel a whole lot more than ever before in history.     Also, communication today spreads ideas at the speed of light throughout the world.    

In this age of technology, people are more exposed to all sorts of philosophies, religions, theories, ideas, and ideals than ever before.     Concepts and beliefs that Grandpa and Grandma never heard about in their whole life time are now becoming commonplace around the world.     Today, our youth are being taught all sorts of philosophies, beliefs,  and “politically correct” ideas that would horrify our grandparents.

To top that off, many of our youth willingly accept all they are taught — whether at college or in the media  —  as truth that can be blended right into their family heritage.     They think of all these ideas as a part of their personal life — instead of just being a part of someone else’s life.     The end result is that they are unable to identify truth and all beliefs become a mish-mash of nothingness.     Their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior is gradually being killed and they are totally unaware of it.

The generalities of the evil powers in this world to overtake and destroy Christian influences is spoken of in Revelation 13.     It describes a beast and dragon arrogantly speaking blasphemies and being allowed to have overwhelming power in this world.     This evil power will be so great throughout the world that people will worship the beast.     Then, Revelation 13:7-9 says,

And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to over come them;  and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.

And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, every one whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

This should make a person listen up.     Christians will be overcome by the evil powers in this world.     Their faith won’t be destroyed, but this could be referring to things like schools and public places no longer being allowed to give reference to God — students no longer being allowed to pray in school — all references to God in the historical documents of the founding of the United States might be taken out or dismissed — Christians finding it harder to get a job because of their faith — courts deciding against Christian concepts in all kinds of court cases — laws that will tear down Christian concepts regarding right and wrong in many areas, so that we will be forced to live in a very immoral society — and the list could go on in many specific details.

The point is that God wants His children to realize that this defeat will happen.    It is so important that we recognize this evil influence in our personal lives that God says,  “If any one has an ear, let him hear.”

In other words, we need to be aware that we will be defeated in many ways and some will even be tortured and killed for their faith.

Even more importantly, we need to be aware of the evil influences that will speak blasphemous and arrogant words against God, trying to tear down our faith and all truth.     Being forwarned, we are to become strong in God’s word so that we can recognize the grossness of all wrong teachings and belief systems.     We are not to let the influences of the world confuse us or destroy our faith.   

After Revelation gives all these forewarnings, verse 10 says,  “Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.”

In other words, God’s saints will stand strong in the true faith.    They won’t let themselves be influenced by false teachings and immoral ideals.     As they let God’s word build up their faith and knowledge of the truth, they say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord, You do all things well.     You have kept Your word since the beginning of time and I know You will keep Your word to the end of time.     Blessed be Your love for me.”

Love,  
Margaret

dandy-pink

A devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and King of kings…

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