Revelation 13: Is Your Name Written In The Book Of Life?
Verse of the Day: (V8) “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
1. Nations (V1-7)
V7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
During the Great Tribulation period of 7 years, which is after the Rapture when all the Christians shall be called up to be with the Lord and the Holy Spirit is fully restrained, Satan, the dragon, shall appoint 2 beasts or charismatic men to be with him so as to imitate God’s Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Whatever God does, Satan shall imitate! These 2 beasts shall have great power as they deceive the nations for 42 months (3 ½ years) with false peace, before they begin to torture them for the next 42 months (3 ½ years). They shall blaspheme God, force the people to worship them, and lead them to make war with God’s saints. Though many saints shall go into hiding yet many are eventually arrested and killed. However, these saints are not fearful of death, because they know that their names are already written in the book of life of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and to be absent from their bodies is to be present with their Lord forever!
2. Names (V8-10)
V10 “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
During the Great Tribulation period, there shall be God’s saints, whose names are written in the book of life, who refuse to worship Satan. However, God shall grant His saints the patience and faith so that they are able to endure the intense suffering and even death.
3. Number (V11-18)
V18 “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
Let us have God’s wisdom and number, and not man’s wisdom and number, because man without God is led by Satan. This is why man and Satan have the number 6 - man’s number is 6 while Satan’s number is 666. During the Great Tribulation period, those who worship Satan must have the mark 666 on them otherwise they are unable to do business. Satan will then persecute those without the mark 666 and many suffer and eventually die. This is indeed the heavy price of God’s saints during the Great Tribulation period. Today, let us repent of our sins, and believe and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, and not wait till the Great Tribulation period of intense suffering, persecution and even death.
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that my name is written in Your book as I believe in You.