Revelation 13:9-10 Patient Endurance Needed

“Whoever has ears, let them hear. ‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.’ This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.” Revelation 13:9-10

John tells everyone if you have ears they need to hear this. This is saying that what he is about to say is very important and needs more than just hearing the words but applying them. He says that if you are to go into captivity or be killed, it will happen. Then he says you must be patient and endure it all.

One thing that is very difficult for most people to accept is when a person who is a believer is either put in prison or killed. In the USA, the first thing they want to do is go to the government officials and get the law changed to protect the person. Or they want to file a lawsuit against someone else.

Yet, God’s Word says that if it must happen, then it must happen. God has a purpose behind someone being put in prison or being killed.

Think about Paul when he was traveling. He knew he had to go to Jerusalem. He also knew that they would capture him there. Many did not want him to go. Yet, Paul knew that through this he would be able to get to Rome and preach the gospel message there. That trip to Rome would be paid at the expense of the Roman government. While in prison he was able to continue to preach the gospel to a new group of people.

You have to trust God and wait patiently for Him to bring you through whatever situation you may be in. As the world continues to turn away from God, things will get harder for believers. There will come a time when all believers will be captured or killed. God knows which will happen to you or if something else.

Patiently wait for God and remain faithful to Him. Do not let the threats and hardships of this world detour you from following Jesus. Stay true to Him and you will win in the end with Him.

I pray today that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will not try to fight against what God has for you; that God will fill you with His patience; that you will remain faithful to God; and that you will hear what God is telling you.

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Revelation 12:11 Don’t Shrink Back

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11

In his vision John sees that Satan had been hurled down. Satan is the accuser of all believers and is now taken out of position of power. When this occurred, the believers had triumphed over him. It was not in their own power but in the power found in the blood of Jesus and by their testimony and not fearing death.

Being the accuser, all Satan had to do was accuse a person of sin, and God would have to bring that person to death. Sin brings on death. Since every person could be accused of sin, every person had to die.

When Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood He destroyed Satan’s greatest power–death. Jesus removed all sin and all accusation by His blood.

Along with His blood, every believer needs to have a testimony. They need to speak out loud what Jesus had done for them. Satan will continue to try accuse believers of what they have done wrong. They need to remind him that those sins have been removed.

As a believer, you should now no longer fear death. Death has no more power over you. Satan and the world wants you to live in fear of death. They want you to love your life here on this earth and fear death.

Although life may be great for you right now, death has something even greater. This life is only temporary and is filled with problems. Death removes all the problems and is for eternity. Death opens the door to life eternal.

Triumph over Satan by going out and giving your testimony as to what Jesus has done for you. Your testimony can tell others what Jesus can do for them also.

Do not fear the persecution and troubles of this world when you God leads you to be His witness. Tell others about Jesus and strive to bring them back from a path that leads to death.

Don’t shrink from death. As a believer, you have the greatest treasure any person could want–life eternal. Go, now, and tell others about what you have and what they can have.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know that God no longer accuses you; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that you will not fear death.

Revelation 11:15 He Will Reign Forever

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

The vision John is seeing is one in the future where God takes out His wrath upon all mankind. He destroys the nations. At this point God is now taking direct control and ruling over the entire world. Voices are heard rejoicing that the kingdoms of the world are now the kingdoms of Jesus.

Although this looks at the future ruling of Jesus over the entire world, it can be current rulings of Him over smaller kingdoms. The hearts of people are small kingdoms. They are ruled by one person, the individual himself.

The devil has deceived people into thinking that they are in control of their lives and can do whatever they want. The world says you have the rights to whatever you want. As king of yourself, you reign. Most people live like that, as though the world revolves around them.

As a believer, you must not be living like that. You did not start anything and you cannot finish it. Only God can do that. Jesus is supposed to be the one who reigns and is in control.

Allow Jesus to be the ruler of your kingdom–your heart and life. Let Him be the one to choose what you will say, do, or think.

When you choose your path on your own, you will mess up. It will lead down false paths. It will bring about pain and suffering, and ultimately death.

When you give kingdom control to Jesus, He will bring about life. You do not have to wait until you step into heaven to allow Jesus to reign. Give Him your kingdom now and let Him reign forever and ever.

I pray today that you will allow Jesus to be the ruler of your life; that you will trust Jesus for everything in your life; that your life will be one of praise to God; and that Jesus will reign supreme over your life.

Revelation 9:20-21 Hardened Hearts

“The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” Revelation 9:20-21

In this vision John has God is pouring out His wrath upon mankind for refusing to follow Jesus. He has had the angels pour out plagues upon all mankind destroying a third of them. One third of the number of people on the planet were just killed by God through various disasters and plagues, yet, those who were left refused to repent. They continued to live in their sins.

Many believers believe that if there was a great disaster many people would turn to God. Yes, there are some who will turn to God and stay with God, but the majority will not.

Remember back to 9/11 when a major disaster hit the United States. For a short month or two, many people were filling the churches. It looked like a revival may occur. Then after everything settled down, people went back to their old ways. They left the churches and went back into their selfish sinful living.

The same thing occurred when the major hurricanes hit the nation. Most people started to follow God for a moment, but then went back into sin.

Today the world worships many different idols. These are idols of fame, fortune, looks, prestige, position, sex, violence, and much more.

God is constantly trying to get their attention. He uses a variety of methods to get their attention. Some start to follow God for a moment, usually only until the disaster is over, then go back to their old ways. A very few turn completely to God and stay there.

Where is your heart with God?

Are you following God all the time? Or are you just like the world, calling out to God in a moment of disaster, then going back to your old ways?

Do not allow your heart to be hardened into one of stone against God. Do not allow sin to be your master. Seek God today while you may. Allow God to change you and make you more like Jesus. Do not make God pour out His wrath on you because of sin.

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all of your heart; that you will turn away from all sin; that you will not worship any idols in your life; and that you will worship and serve only God.

Revelation 7:15 A Good Waiter For God

“Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple;” Revelation 7:15

In John’s vision he sees a great crowd of people from all nationalities dressed in white robes. They are standing before the throne of God and are giving Him praise. These are people who have believed in Jesus and never gave up. Jesus has brought them to heaven and has given them a white robe, a sign of purity and holiness. They are now standing before the throne of God to serve Him day and night.

When you go to a restaurant you expect the waiter to serve your every need while there. You expect him to know when you need a drink refilled, or when you are finished with a part of the meal to remove the plate, or to bring a desert. The waiter is there to serve you in your needs at that moment.

Jesus has paid the price for your sins to allow you to serve God. Before your sins were removed, you were not allowed to go before God at all. Now you have the privilege and honor to go before God. Along with that you have the privilege and honor to serve His needs.

Serving God does not have to wait until you get to heaven. You can start serving Him today. This can be done day and night.

You may ask how can you a simple person serve God who is the maker of everything and in absolute control? You are God’s hands, feet and voice on this earth.

It is through you that God touches lives. It is through you that people hear about what Jesus has done for them. It is through your prayers that God can bring about healing and other miracles in the lives of other people. It is through you that the world can learn what true love is.

You have the honor and ability to serve God today. Are you open to what God wants you to do?

Do not be like some waiters and close your eyes to the needs of God. No one likes a waiter who does not meet their needs. Will you be a good waiter for God today?

I pray today that God will show you things He needs done; that you will open your ears and eyes to seeing what God needs; that you will dedicate your life to service for God; and that God will use you to touch the world for Jesus.

Revelation 6:16 The Wrath Of God

“They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!'” Revelation 6:16

In John’s vision he saw a time in the future where the scroll was opened up by Jesus, the only One who could open it. As the scroll was opened up there was great disaster and destruction done to the earth and everyone on it. The scroll was the wrath of Jesus being poured out upon the earth.

For the last 2,000 years, at least at this point in time, Jesus has been patient with mankind. He has reached out in love and mercy to draw all people to Him. Yet, many have rejected Him. Others have claimed to follow Him, but did not. Others have cursed His name.

Jesus had died an extremely painful death on the cross for every person and yet many do not want to follow Him. His anger against people who are like that will be great.

Think about the times when someone has done wrong to you. How angry do you get? If you are like most people, it is very angry. You want vengeance for the wrong done. you want the person punished.

God is no different. There will come a time when God will punish every person for the wrongs done to Him. In all the wrongs done to you, none is so great as what has been done wrong to Jesus. He gave His life for you and every person. What more could He have given.

In the future when God’s wrath will be poured out, all mankind would rather die than be in the way of that wrath. It will be a time that is unparalleled in history. Nothing will ever have been like it.

To avoid the great wrath of Jesus, you must be willing to follow Him with all of your life. Accept what Jesus has done for you and given you.

Along with that, pass that information on to every person you meet. Do you really want to see others go through His wrath? That is the whole of the gospel message. Jesus does not want to punish but to save, but if He has to, He will punish.

You do not want to go through His wrath.

I pray today that you will serve Jesus with all of your life; that you will accept what Jesus has done for you; that you will tell others of what Jesus has done for them; and that God will show His love and mercy on you.

Revelation 5:9 The Greatest Purchase

“And they sang a new song, saying: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

John had a vision of heaven. In it he saw a scroll with writing on it. It was sealed and no one was worthy to open it. Then it is revealed that the Lamb of God was worthy. Jesus is the Lamb of God and is the only one who can open the seals.

At that point the creatures and elders started singing a new song about how He is worthy to open the seals. In their song they reveal why Jesus was worthy to open the seals. It was because He had purchased salvation for every person, everywhere with His own blood.

People love to have the honor of doing something special. Think of the honor it is to be chosen to sing the national anthem at a major league baseball game. Or to be the soldier chosen to be a guard at the national cemetery. Most people never have a chance to do anything on those levels.

The people who are chosen for these types of honors are usually chosen because of something that they did in the past. They have done something extraordinary or extremely well in order to get that honor.

Jesus did something that was of great honor. He did something that no other person has ever done or ever will do. He allowed Himself to be killed in order to save those who did not love Him or want Him. Jesus shed His blood on the cross and died so that you, who hated Him, could be forgiven and allowed into heaven.

Jesus did this for every person that has ever walked on this planet. Millions, even billions of people can now have a relationship with God because of what Jesus did for them. Jesus died on the cross for you. This was the greatest purchase the world has ever seen. This gives Him an honor that is greater than any other honor in the world.

Think about what Jesus has done for you. Give Him praise and thanks for purchasing your salvation for you. He will open that scroll up for you.

I pray today that you will know the price Jesus paid for your sins; that you will serve Jesus with all of your being; that you will give Jesus the honor due Him; and that you will be His witness to everyone you meet.