Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NOW THINGS GET REALLY INTERESTING

REVELATION CHAPTERS 12 AND FOLLOWING REALLY start to get things interesting.  You can hear my comments on Revelation 12:1-17 by listening to the sermon by the same title: "Now things get REALLY Interesting" and this week's text will surely not disappoint the theme as well.

In Revelation 13:1-18 we once again the Big Red Dragon, but this time he is joined by two cohorts in crime, Beast 1 and Beast 2 (Nothing like Thing 1 and Thing 2, thank you Dr. Suess.)

As I was continuing in my study of the passage this morning, not having a commentary in front of me to peruse (I was at my local Scotts Valley Starbucks) I was draw to the mockery and mimicry of Satan. He doesn't seem to have an original thought in his lowly bag of tricks.

Two things grabbed my attention this morning. First, we, like Adam and Eve, have a longing for a relationship with the Divine.  Satan played into that God-created longing, by convincing those two "innocent" souls that the longing for the divine could be best met by "becoming divine" themselves, all they need do is to take that which they were specifically commanded not to take. (Genesis 3:1-19) In that longing which all of us have, we seek to meet that longing often with the very things that destroy our relationship with the One who is the Divine.

The second reality that struck me was that chapter 13 of Revelation establishes a mock kingdom.  Satan once again gives a dark shadow of the real Kingdom which draws may astray. People still long for the divine, and Satan is more than willing to give the people what they want. Here, in Satan mimicry we see a king/ruler/political system (Beast 1) and we see the prophet/priest/religious system (Beast 2), all under the control of the "god" behind the scenes, Satan, that Big Red Dragon. The one hell-bent to deceive and destroy that which the true God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, originally designed for our good.

When will this mock kingdom be established? Is it here now? Is it still to come? I would answer "yes" and "yes."  Which begs the question, "What are we to do?" My answer would be to make sure you carry the correct mark upon your head (Revelation 3:12; Revelation 14:1) and that you seek diligently for that which truly satisfies the need which we all have. (Isaiah 55:1-5; Revelation 21:6-8; Revelation 22:17) 

Maranatha!
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