Summary of passage: The beast was given power and authority over the saints and every tribe, people, language, and nation. All non-believers will worship the beast.
6) “He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.” All non-believers worshiped the beast (“all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world”).
7) Part personal Question. My answer: It is a book or a listing of all of those who have accepted Jesus as the Son of God and believe he died for our sins and cleansed us of sin thereby being justified and who will then live with God forever in heaven until Jesus comes again and we dwell on earth once more. Yes because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and repented of my sin.
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8a) John 15:18-27: The world hates us because they hate Jesus and there’s nothing we can do about it. However, they are guilty of sin and with the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to stay true to our testimony about Jesus.
Romans 15:4-5: God gives us endurance and encouragement through the Holy Spirit and through His word so that we may glorify God with one heart and mouth (verse 6).
2 Corinthians 6:4-10: Through our example including out endurance, patience, kindness, truth, genuineness, sorrow, and joy we commend ourselves and not put any stumbling block in anyone’s path (verse 3).
Colossians 1:9-14: God gives us strength to have great endurance and patience and to live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way and to know His will in our lives.
1 Timothy 6:11-12: We should flee from the world’s teachings and pursue instead righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. To fight the good fight of the faithful and take hold of eternal life.
b) Personal Question. My answer: If I didn’t have God, I would have no life, no ambition, no drive, no will and I truly don’t know how unbelievers make it in this world without Him. He holds me up when all I want to do is fall. He catches me when I do fall and stands me back up. Sometimes He puts one foot in front of the other for me when I have no will of my own to do so. He has done it all through all things (His word, power, Holy Spirit). I have done nothing.
Conclusions: Was sorely missing my favorite endurance passage in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 where we need to run in such a way as to get the prize and run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1).
I love how all of this is God’s plan since the creation of the world. I love the comfort from this. He’s in control and I don’t have to be. I lean on Him and His strength and He does the rest. Great lesson. Great reminder on enduring with His power.
End Notes: We are told in Revelation 12:17 that the dragon is gunning for us–believers. Here, we see “war” will come in the form of the beast. Just who are the saints? It depends on which view of the millennium you hold. Pre-tribulationists believe these saints are God’s people who come to Christ after the church has been raptured. Post-tribulationists believe these saints are God’s people who are on the earth before the final rapture, including what we think of today as the “church.”
In the Roman empire, all were required to offer up a pinch of incense to the emperor and declare loyalty to him, declaring Caesar Lord. This is what the end dictator will do. It’s not hard to imagine when one things of Hitler, Stalin, or Mao.
The Book of Life is all God’s redeemed. The rest face the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).
“The Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world” reminds us that all of this is God’s plan. He planned Jesus’ death to save us before we were even created! He chose us before we were born (Ephesians 1:4), wrote our names down in the Book of Life before we were born (Revelation 17:8), and prepared heaven for us in advance (Matthew 25:34). If that doesn’t give you comfort in this harried world, nothing will.
Here, other translations have “lead into captivity” in verse 10. This conveys the idea that if you lead others to sin, you will be held accountable. Personal responsibility still applies despite God’s having predetermined history.
Another meaning to verse 10: It’s hopeless to fight against God. If you are destined to go into captivity, you will go or if you are destined to die, you will. The saints are to wait on God for this to happen.