"The tribulation of the false christ is a battle for your soul, not your flesh."
the begining of the 13th Chapter of Revelations we learned
concerning the dragon, Satan,
that "all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,
whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8)."
we were told in the very next verse that
"If any man have an ear, let him hear (Rev. 13:9)".
the obvious question must be asked?
Do you have ears to hear?
is an important question because
the very nature of the question itself lets us know by implication
that there are those who don't have them, right?
there are two types of people
who will read the rest of the 13th chapter of Revelation.
Those who have "ears to hear" and those who do not.
who do not cannot "see" or "hear" past the flesh level
and cannot understand that the tribulation of the spurious messiah
is a battle for their soul,
not their flesh.
they read "kill with the sword"
they think about their flesh,
despite the fact that we are told in Rev. 1:16
that the "sword" is the Word of God.
they read of "famine"
they think about their bellies,
despite the fact that Amos 8:11 tells us
that the famine of the end times is for the hearing of the Word of God.
fact they love to hear preachers tell them
how they are going to "fly away" in the clouds to save what?
They say you must be saved to be "raptured".
To save their flesh!
the Rapture Theory have anything to do
with other than saving their little old flesh hides?
Did Paul tell us in Eph. 6 to put on the gospel armour
to fly away or to take a stand?
our Christian soldiers when they go off to war
ask God to protect them on the front lines.
They don't ask Him to fly them away
so they can watch the battle from a remote place of safety. Arrrggg!
Is the Bible a book about saving your flesh or your soul?
we be worried beyond
that which is the instinct of natural preservation about our bodies,
which are going to wither and die ANYWAY!
Here's what Jesus Christ has to say concerning the matter:
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body,
but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
next verse in Revelation continues with the "destiny"
which we just read in verse 8,
just prior to the
"If you can understand".
Rev. 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity:
he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Rev. 13:10 Whoever is destined for captivity,
to captivity he goes:
whoever kills with the sword,
by the sword must he be killed.
This is what shows the patience and the faith of the saints. ( Moffat)
you understand the destiny then you are "marked" for one or the other,
you either have the Seal of God in your forehead
whereby your name is written in the book,
you have the Seal of Satan in your forehead,
whereby you'll worship the dragon.
who holds your soul captive?
If your name is written in the Lamb's book
then you have the patience and the faith to endure unto the end.
remember when we began chapter 13
we said there are two "beasts" described in this chapter?
here is the second beast
(different from the "first" as shown in verse 12),
who is the religious beast.
PICTURE is nothing more than another profile
of the dragon coming out of the pit, i.e. Satan.
Rev. 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;
and he had two horns like a lamb,
and he spake as a dragon.
imitations of Jesus are described to use as blasphemous,
So this verse is another PICTURE showing us
that Satan comes disguised as the Lamb of God,
speaking blasphemes as the dragon,
because he is the dragon.
 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,
and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast,
whose deadly wound was healed.
Check out the word "worship" in Strong's.
proskuneo, pros-koo-neh'-o, Greek 4352; from Greek 4314 (pros) and a probably derivative of Greek 2965 (kuon) (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literal or figurative) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore) :- worship.
Rev. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders,
so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
guy is really good!
That's why Jesus shortened these days.
Satan can snap his "pinkies" and lightning falls from the sky.
He will be spectacular!
 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth
by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;
saying to them that dwell on the earth,
that they should make an image to the beast,
which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he gives new life to the NWO.
 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
that the image of the beast should both speak,
and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
 And he causeth all, both small and great,
rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
is a figure of speech just like I used "right hand man".
It has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RIGHT HAND, it's ALL ABOUT SERVICE.
did we read in verse 8?
All those whose names are not written in the book will "worship the dragon,
the religious beast".
They will SERVE him as Lord!
There is so much ignorance regarding God's Word for the lack of understanding
figures of speech.
I said before that if in the Book of Acts we found a verse that read
"The apostle Paul got into hot water",
there would be churches that would require members in good standing to get into a pool or tub of hot water.
The scholars would discuss how much water they should get into
and just exactly what degree of temperature crests the threshold from "warm" to "hot".
They would cite Strong's concordance which would say that "water"
means the wet stuff H2O as coming from a lake, river or the sea.
But the figure of speech "he got into hot water"
means he "got into trouble"
and it has NOTHING TO DO WITH WATER!
Do you have wisdom or not?
There are only two choices:
You either have the Seal of God in your forehead,
in which case Satan can't touch you.
Or, you have the Seal of Satan in your forehead,
in which case you'll do his bidding and worship him.
Oh, did I mention you are destined for one or the other?
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