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The Daily Word of Righteousness
If You Love Me . . ., #26
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." (Revelation 14:9-11)
Revelation, Chapter Fourteen.
The above is a warning to Christians as well as to all other people. Several passages of the Book of Revelation have to do with Antichrist. The Man of Lawlessness is a bigger issue than we might think.
It is not that some monster is suddenly going to appear on the scene and torment all believers. Rather the spirit of Antichrist is here now and has brought tremendous error into the Christian churches.
How do we know when we are the servants of Antichrist? When we are not keeping the commandments of Jesus. We can show our love for the Lord Jesus only by keeping His commandments.
The Christian churches are filled with people who are not living righteous lives. They are worldly. They are filled with lust, violence, covetousness, witchcraft, strife, gossip, slander, lying, self-will, and every other evil work. They are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. They are spiritually dead although alive in the flesh.
If they do not turn away from their worldliness, their lust, their bitterness, their self-will, they will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. They already have the mark of the Lawless One on their hand (their actions) and their forehead (their motives and imaginations).
They sit with us in the churches but they have eyes full of adultery. They have turned the grace of God into an excuse for lawlessness. They have no intention of presenting their body a living sacrifice to God or of taking up their cross and following the Lord Jesus. They simply will not keep God's commandments and their pastors and teachers rush to assure them they are eternally secure. They have been deceived. They and their leaders will suffer much in the days to come.
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)
We who are serving the Lord must wait patiently for the Lord. Meanwhile we are scorned by those who say they are "Jews" but are not. They are the synagogue of Satan, the adversary. They do not keep God's commandments. They are ready to slander us but God is our helper. Let us remain faithful to the Lord Jesus. Our day shall come.
To be continued.