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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Dying in the Lord
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14:13)
Divine judgment in the house of God, and the shaking of all that is not found in the Lord, are the burden of the hour. Those who are willing to follow the Lord into judgment, death, and resurrection will stand in the darkness and save many. Those who choose some other way, evading the personal cross of death to the adamic personality, will continue to deceive themselves and their followers.
The fourteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation portrays the firstfruits of the Lord, the holy remnant who, through Christ, have overcome sin and now stand before the Throne of God. The lie with which human nature is filled has been driven from them.
Then the Spirit speaks of the end-time Gospel witness to the peoples of the earth—the good news to Heaven and the earth that the hour of God's judgment has come. The meek will inherit the earth. The wicked will be removed from the heavens and the earth.
Next, the fall of Babylon is noted. Babylon is a symbolic name for man-directed Christianity. Man-directed Christianity will be supported by the Antichrist government, and most Christian believers will be part of the great Christian organization—probably located at the site of ancient Babylon near the Euphrates River.
Babylon, the whore, will attempt to give the gifts of God to the Antichrist government in exchange for its support of the Christian ministry. But in the end the ten nations will destroy her.
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. (Revelation 17:16)
Now the warning comes concerning the danger of yielding to the Antichrist spirit. It is one of the most terrifying warnings in all Scripture.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: (Revelation 14:9,10)
The Antichrist spirit is man making himself God. It is humanism. It is libertarianism. It is freedom of expression—man doing whatever he feels is proper. In the last days the Antichrist spirit will be summed up in one man (or woman), but the spirit of Antichrist has been with us from the first century.
Mankind is born in lawlessness. We humans drink sin like water. God knows our frame, that we are dust. He has given Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins and is ready to receive all who repent and turn to Him.
Man attempting to make himself God, seeking the liberty to do whatever he feels is correct, rejecting the eternal moral law of God, will be visited with awful punishment. Such will drink an undiluted wine of Divine wrath. The wrath will not be mixed with mercy. The smoke of their torment will ascend forever.
To be continued.