All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation 13:8
Worship is something that every person on the earth does. Some will not call what they worship a god, but they do worship people and things.
In some places people worship idols as gods. Most often, however, the form of worship is found in idolizing something or someone higher than anything or anyone else as though it were a god of some type.
As John talks of the end times, he describes a beast that rises up in power. All of the people of the world worship this beast, except those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life–believers.
The majority of people in the church will be quick to say that they will not worship any person or thing outside of God Himself. As they say this, however, they are idolizing a person or some thing. Many idolize their careers, their home, their car, or even their ministry inside the church.
More time is often spent on things and other people than with God. People, pleasure and things are given higher position and authority in one’s life than God is. In their hearts they are bowing down to worship everything but God.
In the end times there will come someone who will rise up in power and authority called the Beast. The world will bow down to it and worship it. Believers need to take a stand to refuse to bow down to this beast.
If they are already bowing down to things, then they will bow down to this beast also. If they are not bowing down to things now, then they will not bow down to the beast.
As you examine your life, you must ask yourself where or what do you put your most time and effort in. In whatever you place all of your time and effort is what you are idolizing and worshipping.
Your first and primary focus should be upon God. Serving, obeying and worshipping God should take up all of your time and efforts, leaving no room to worship some beast that comes along.
Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Will you worship the beast when it comes?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will worship God alone; that you will give all of your time and efforts to serve and worship God; and that God will keep you from being deceived into worshipping the things and people of this world.
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 worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Revelation 9:20
The majority of the world does not believe in God. They have chosen to follow the idols of this world, seeking self-pleasure.
Focus is placed upon the physical things of this world and immediate pleasure, rather than the eternal. Even as things go bad and people are dying, the world, as a whole, looks to trying to fix things their own way, refusing to seek God.
In John’s vision of God judging the earth and killing many people, the rest of the people refuse to repent and turn to God. They continue to worship idols rather than the true God.
At times in America’s past there have been some major disastrous events that hit America. During those times many would turn to God in repentance and seeking help. As time has gone along, fewer and fewer seek God during times of trouble.
This occurs in many places around the world. Rather than turning to God, they get angry with God and seek their own idols to help.
The world believes that their own idols of fame, fortune, and personal strength can help them in any and every situation. Doctors and scientists are sought out to solve every situation. God is rejected, despite the failures of their own people.
As the time of the return of Jesus gets closer, people will grow more and more cold to God. Rejection of God will increase, despite the death all around them.
Every believer must keep His focus and trust upon God, rather than upon the false idols of man and this world.
During times of trouble, sickness and death you have a choice to make. You can choose to seek the ways of the world to solve the problems, rejecting God. Or you can choose to seek God and trust Him to guide you through the situations.
The ways of the world follow false gods that cannot do anything at all, but lead one to death. Take time to seek the one and only living and true God. Repent of your sins and accept His forgiveness. Worship God and God alone and receive life that will last for eternity.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God in every situation; that God will strengthen you to turn from the idols of this world; and that you will worship God and God alone.
People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?” Revelation 13:4
In order to have the correct perspective in life, one must have the right foundation. He must be willing to look at things from the correct position.
When things are viewed from the wrong base position, everything will appear different from what they really are. Things can become distorted and appear much larger or much smaller than what they are in reality.
In John’s vision, he sees a dragon give a beast supernatural powers to heal itself. The people begin to worship the beast. They asked, “who is like the beast?” And “who can wage war against it?”
Throughout time there have been people of the world that have risen in power and authority. As they rise up, they are not followers of God and appear to have complete control of what they are doing and that God has not power to stop them.
Most people give up the fight against such a person, feeling as if there is no way to combat him. This becomes even more true about believers when the evil person appears to be doing things that only God can do.
Satan tries to masquerade himself as an angel, a worker of God. The world will often speak the very words of God, but taking them out of context and twisting them up. Many believers cower in fear, forgetting the authority that God gave them. Forgetting that God said He would make the believer more than a conqueror.
In answer the questions about the beast, God and His followers are able to wage war against the beast. Believers are to wage war against the demonic forces and influences in this world by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You may see some worldly, demonic authority rising up in power, maybe even doing miracles as Jesus did. Rather than fearing and worshiping the authority, stand on God’s side and be willing to fight the battle.
Do not allow fear of the authority to overcome your trust and faith in God. God is greater than any thing or any person on this earth. He has given you all authority and power to overcome the world and all that is in the world.
Keep your eyes on who God is, not who the demonic forces appear to be.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power and authority of God; that God will help you recognize the demonic forces in this world; and that you will worship God alone.