The Beast is identified with the secular world powers that are inimical to Christ and His Gospel – hence horns, crowns, leopards, thrones, authority over tribes, peoples, ethnic groups. Verses 8-10 contain the key – the Redeemer’s coming is this world’s death stroke. What is required of us?
The times and events described in this passage will not be easy for God’s people.
John is clear,
“Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”
It will seem as though the forces arrayed against God and His people are too powerful, too strong. They will do amazing things, great signs.
But what is the purpose here?
You see that these powers, the beast and the other beast – They want worship. There is punishment for not worshipping them, tribulation and trials.
But in all of this, there is a wonderful truth that should envelop us, that regarding the true and actual authority of these powers,
“… Everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”
God’s people have their names written in a book. This book existed before the world was made. This is a book of life. THE book of life, Jesus’ book.
And our names are in it.
Our worship of God will mean we will face persecution. The powers that work against God and His people want that worship to be shifted away from the Almighty.
But God has written our names in the book of life! Hallelujah, what a Saviour! What a King and Lord – If He is for us, who can be against us!
* Lord Above,
Thank You for Your love for us, so evident in the book of life – Our names written in it from before the world was made.
Thank You Lord! Hallelujah, we praise Your name!
May we shine Your light bright this day, in whatever opportunities You bring to us.
May our worship of You be true and pure, through our faith that You have gifted to us, that You grow in us.
Amen Lord, Your will be done.