Taking a Stand

Some say the harlot which I wrote about in yesterday’s post and described in Revelation 17:1-6 represents the ultimate in godless world religion. A question brought out in this passage is what is the extent of corruption in your local, state and national government?

Taking stands on tough issues is what we need from leaders. Truth will always be truth and wise leaders realize that honesty is the best policy. They not only have class and character but are careful to surround themselves with others who have these same attributes. The result is a pattern of excellence with justice and fairness.
 
Ultimately, those on the side of God are victorious so remain faithful until the end my friend. I hope you will be inspired by this video of one leader that took a stand years ago when he gave this speech: Winston Churchhill “Finest Hour”.



But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. – Amos 5:24

 

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Godless World Religion

Reading in Revelation 17:1-6, a great harlot is depicted as the symbol of apostasy and idol-worship; drunk with the blood of the saints (v.6). She represents the ultimate in godless world religion who has been involved with the kings of the earth.

The setting is in a desert or wilderness. The harlot is attractive yet repulsive because she is dressed in purple and scarlet; glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She holds a golden cup filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.

The church is thought of as the wife of Christ and in a way, one might think of the harlot depicted in this passage as the wife of Satan. Many in society would like to have a godless religious system. Others see greatness in one nation under God with diverse denominations providing for a religious system that is secure and strong. History has proven over and over that nations with a godless religious system along with an unaccountable government results in disaster for its people.

A balance of power is healthy. The framers of the U. S. constitution realized the need for diversity and integrity. There are so many ideas on how best to govern a city, state, or nation but the system that seems to work best is the idea that the power belongs with its people under one God.

Many diverse small governments (cities, counties, and states) working together with liberty and justice are accountable to its people. This day with God, let us pray for more nations of freedom; the type of freedom that allows its people to use their God given talents for society so they can live, give, and love. With this freedom, people speak and teach; laying out a clear path for each generation to follow.

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Questions for Reflection for Study of Revelation 17-19

Over the last few weeks, the journey has taken us through the book of Revelation 14-16. The vision of John tells us there will be a crushing blow for those who deny Christ. Reading in Revelation 14, the message is that we should strive to give the extra effort to please God by creating outcomes that glorify Him. Our purpose should be to put all our attention on making sure we are followers of Christ and help as many as we can to become followers.

Then the journey took us to God’s judgments and the end of the Tribulation. In Revelation 15, John records God’s judgment with plagues that will take place at the end of the Tribulation. Let us remember that the need for these plagues affect God too. He created this amazing world and now it has to be destroyed. He also has to give up His only Son for the sins of the world. There is power in God, value in His favor, and glory in His holiness. Be patient because things can only get better during bad times and tomorrow is only a day away. Want your tomorrow’s to be better by doing things right and keeping your eyes on the reward.

John explains that smoke fills the Temple (Rev. 15:7). The Temple expresses the very nature of God who is our hope. Like an anchor to help us hold course until the storm subsides or a candle that lights our path and lights other candles, our hope is in the Lord.

Revelation 16 gave us knowledge that should influence our values in life as we prepare for the future. Our purpose as we get closer to the time of the second coming when Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, will suddenly come again to judge the world is to share with others and provide the means for them to accept Him as their Lord. God reigns and so let us do everything for His glory.

Over the next few weeks, the journey heads to Revelation 17-19. Below are questions for reflection as the journey through God’s Word continues.

Revelation 17:1-6
How is the great harlot depicted? Whom does she symbolize (See Jer. 51:7-14)? Is your city and nation a harlot? What is the extent of corruption in your local, state and national governments? How can you remain pure in the midst of your nation’s abominations and fornications?

Revelation 17:7-18
What authority and power will the beast have? What indications do you see that God is active in the world when evil triumphs? To what extent is God active in your life when evil touches you? Why?

Revelation 18
What is the mood of this chapter? Contrast the before and after pictures of the great woman (see 17:16)? Imagine a great city of today that suddenly has a catastrophic demise. What would be the political, social, economic, and religious repercussions?

Revelation 19:1-8
What is the focus of attention here? Why? Will you join in the lament or the jubilation? What is your part in getting the bride ready?

Revelation 19:6-10
What metaphors does John use to describe the sounds of jubilation? What aspects of God’s nature are portrayed by marriage (See Hos. 2:2-23 and 6:6; 6:6; Jer. 2:2-3, 32-35; 3:1-13; 5:7-8; 13:27; Ezek. 16; Eph. 5:21-33)? What is the angel’s role?

Revelation 19:11-21
What are the names of the rider of the white horse? What is the weapon (see Rev. 1:16; 2 Thess. 2:8)? In what ways do you experience this war between the forces of good and evil in your daily living? What can you do about it?

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

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Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times
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