December 24, 2021
DAY 356: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we continue our journey through the book of Revelation. We are introduced to the beast.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Revelation 12-17. Read Revelation 12-17. Let’s journey!
This last book of prophecy was written by the Apostle John, while he was in exile on the island of Patmos, during the later part of his life. The book contains a prophetic revelation of what was to come, like some of the books of prophecy in the Old Testament. This prophetic revelation was sent as a letter to seven churches in the Asia Minor, to address issues they had. In order to understand this book, we need to remember whom John is addressing and what meaning it holds for them. Throughout the book, there is an underlying warning that history repeats itself and all kingdoms come to reject the Lord. Only through Jesus can evil be removed from the world.
Revelation 12-17: A woman, representing Israel, is about to give birth to a child, Jesus Christ. Satan is standing by, ready to devour the child, who was saved by the Lord. Satan was cast out of heaven and has relentlessly attempted to lead all away from the Lord. Those who follow the beast will be marked, although the 144,000 will stand for the Lord. God’s wrath will continue to be poured out. The prostitute represents false religion, established by evil. (Revelation 12:1-17:18)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: Revelation is a very difficult book to read and understand. There are multiple interpretations of the imagery and symbols used throughout the book. Consider what John sees and hears in his vision. What is it? What can be learned from today’s reading? How could this book have provided hope to the churches who received it? How can it provide hope to you?
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