Revelation 17:7-14 HCSB “Then the angel said to me, “Why are you astonished? I will tell you the secret meaning of the woman and of the beast, with the seven heads and the 10 horns, that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up from the abyss and go to destruction. Those who live on the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and will be present again. “Here is the mind with wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated. They are also seven kings: Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must remain for a little while. The beast that was and is not, is himself an eighth king, yet he belongs to the seven and is going to destruction. The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they will receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of Lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Wow! Who knows more about governments than God? He’s seen them come and go. He is supreme ruler of all! Throughout history God foretold and foreknew every kingdom that would exist including those ruling now. One thing is for certain, they will all come to an end. (Daniel 2:44) They have picked a fight with the wrong person: The Lamb Jesus Christ; the Lord of lords, and King of kings.
Revelation 16:13-14 HCSB “Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming from the dragon’s mouth, from the beast’s mouth, and from the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty.”
Wow! All the kings of the world are being gathered by demons to, “The great day of God, the Almighty,” Armageddon. (Revelation 16:16) This is not a movie, this is real. The kingdoms of earth are being mobilized to fight God!😲
Psalms 2:1-4 HCSB “Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and His Anointed One [Jesus]: “Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them.”
UNCLEAN SPIRITS LIKE FROGS👽
Demons are lying spirits. All they do is spew false propaganda. All the kings of the world are under their spell and so are the people of this world. Demons work for Satan whom Jesus called the ruler of the world. (John 12:31, 14:30, 1 John 5:19 Ephesians 2:2) Under their control the peoples and rulers of the world think the world is heading in one direction when it is really headed for another, “The great day of God, the Almighty,” Armageddon.😲
Revelation 16:15 HCSB “Look, I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothed so that he may not go around naked and people see his shame is blessed.”
The only way out of this mess is Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins and be saved! He is coming soon like a thief, when folks least expect Him. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) Following the pattern of this world only leads to eternal death in the lake of fire:
Revelation 14:9-13 HCSB “And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name. This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.” Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “let them rest from their labors, for their works follow them! ”
THE WHOLE WORLD
The whole world is under the control of evil spirits. Since the fall of man (Adam) this has been the case. Think about this for a moment: every tyrant throughout history has sold their subjects THE LIE that they had to do this or that for the greater good of all to be saved from impending danger. Sounds familiar?🤔 And what always winds up happening afterwards? Many still die! Hitler did it. So did Nero. So did Caiaphas the high priest. (John 11:47-54) Caiaphas who was High Priest when Jesus walked the earth reasoned with his fellow jews and clergymen that it is better for Jesus to die (murder Jesus) instead of the Roman Empire getting upset because of reports of some new king of the Jews in Jerusalem, then bring in their armies and slaughter everybody thus crushing any Roman resistance. But the real reason Caiaphas and the ruling clergy wanted Jesus dead is they feared the growing numbers of people who were believeing in Him. As Jesus spoke God’s word truthfully and with authority the Pharisees and Sadducees false religion was shown up for what it was: FAKE! They feared losing their positions and their choke hold over the people. So getting rid of Jesus was their solution. Sounds familiar?🤔 Not too many years later in 70 A.D. the Roman army came in and destroyed Jerusalem. MANY still died.
There is nothing new under the sun. People are believing all sorts of lies today. Out of fear and ignorance many just go with the world’s flow hoping things will get better. But sadly as in the case with past tyrannical systems people never fully understand what they are acquiescing to until it is too late.😥 Yes, many die. God foretold a great hoodwinking job that would take place in the last days right before Jesus returns. Some believe it is happening right now:
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 HCSB “And then THE LAWLESS ONE will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming. THE COMING OF THE LAWLESS ONE IS BASED ON SATAN’S WORKING, with ALL KINDS OF FALSE MIRACLES, signs, and wonders, and with EVERY UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that THEY WILL BELIEVE WHAT IS FALSE, so that ALL WILL BE CONDEMNED — those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.”
ALL will be deceived and condemned who did not love the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness. They will fall for the FAKE MIRACLES, the false signs and wonders. They will believe the unrighteous deceptions. Why? Because God has handed them over to it. “They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.” God sends them strong delusion so that they will believe the lie and are condemned. May this never be us. Look at the world around you today and ask yourself, does any of 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 sound familiar?
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