The internet is an interesting place. There’s an incomprehensible amount of information available to those inclined to investigate their interests. Such investigations quickly become dangerous when they begin and end in the world-wide-web. The internet is a tool and not an end. I remember the buzz as it started up and began spreading out over the world. It was to the mechanism for the dissemination of information for the betterment of civilization. I believe it is that even though one must wade through much muck and mire to discern the facts for which one is searching/surfing. The diligent browser of the web mus remember that the internet is the means not an end. Even blogs ought to serve a purpose beyond themselves.
For instance, reading between the lines among a variety of articles and news sources recently, I was reminded of something I had read in the Bible. It was rather disconcerting to tell the truth. I’m not going to name names or even cite sources at this juncture because, I just may be correct. . . . Before you raise your eyebrows and move on to the next blog, read further, please.
In Revelations, John describes visions he has when he was in the spirit and shown things in the spirit realm. This is an important point to remember since, I’m sure that reality looks different from the perspective of the Spirit. John relates messages to specific churches that can be interpreted as either particular messages intended for particular churches or these churches may be viewed as archetypes for modern churches that meet those specific descriptions.
After those messages to the churches, John is shown visions of the end of the world in which the battles that are raging in the Spirit realm spill over onto the earth and, in fact culminate on earth. Satan is described as a dragon that is thrown down to earth. There is also a demonic figure referred to as “the beast” that is empowered by the dragon, and a “false prophet” who leads people to worship the beast.
It all sounds totally weird until one realizes that John is relating how things appeared to him when he was in the Spirit. The beast and the “false prophet” must be men who wield and inordinate amount of power. The adversary is at the heart of the beast’s power and he then controls the prophet. They attack “Babylon” out of hate and Chapter 18’s description of Babylon describes a well know superpower more than any modern city in Iraq.
The description provided by John’s Revelations is of a man who performs miracles and leads multitudes into the ideals and plan of the beast who hates the whore Babylon and wants her destroyed for his own personal gains. I have noticed two individuals who resemble these descriptions of the beast and his prophet in news sources lately Of course they are both merely pawns od the adversary and will burn in the end but in the mean time, life on earth is going get complicated, I am afraid.
What then, are the faithful to do? The faithful are to remain faithful. They are to love God first and foremost with all their beings and their neighbors as themselves. They must no get sucked into the hate-mongering. Praising God for all His many blessings amidst the chaos all around. “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things …[and] practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” [Phillipians 4:8-9, ESV).
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