“And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17, NKJV).
John the revelator identifies the sea beast (Rev. 13:1) as a power that “opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven” (verse 6, NKJV). The land beast is also described as a false teacher (verse 14). What is specified even more than these beasts’ blasphemies are their violent and forceful actions against the world and the people of God (verses 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17). For John, a lack of correct Christian doctrine is important, but even more emphasized and repeated in Revelation 13 is the fact that these beasts act contrary to the character of God, which gives human beings freedom, even if that freedom is against Him. As Christians, it is important that we not only speak the truth but act the truth. Our God is not merely a collection of beautiful ideas; He is a Person of beautiful action, freedom, and love. From this week’s lesson – Friday
Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this coming Sabbath.