Re:Verse passage: Revelation 12:1-6, 13-17; 13:1-4, 11-18 (day four)
Revelation is full of symbolism. In this week’s passage, there is a dragon and two beasts. Three separate pictures, but seemingly one purpose. The common thread that weaves them together is death and power…they each use their power to blaspheme the Lord and to divert worship to them instead of God. Deception…idolatry…destruction…whatever they could use to turn the world away from God.
We see it in today’s world…the whole culture seems bent on using an overwhelming authority to divert worship from God to a culture of death. What are the beasts around you? What is trying to turn you away from God? Is it your friends? Is it your job? Is it your leisure activities? Learn to recognize the ‘beasts’ around you. They work together in conjunction with each other to claim your worship and devotion. Remember verse 11: “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”