Anglican Daily Fountain 1st December 2023 (Devotional Today)
Welcome to Today’s Daily Fountain Devotional of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. Daily Fountain is a daily reading devotional for all Anglicans and Non-Anglicans to read, study, share and discuss the Word of God on a daily basis.
TOPIC: BE STEADFAST
TEXT: Revelation 13:1-10(KJV)
13:1. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
13:2. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
13:3. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
13:4. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
13:5. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
13:6. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
13:7. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
13:8. And 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.
13:9. If any man have an ear, let him hear.
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.
Anglican Daily Fountain 1st December 2023 STUDY:
In verses 1-10 of today’s passage, we see the beast that came out of the sea. It is the image of the dragon. It is God-opposing, Christ-hating and also represents political powers of this world that persecute the church. The beast is the counterfeit Christ called the Antichrist. He will be given power, a throne and a great authority by Satan himself(v.2).
His reign of terror shall not last, for he can only go as far as God permits(vv. 5-7). All who dwell on earth shall worship him, but the redeemed will not worship him, for the Lord Jesus Christ promised to secure them. This beast is active in the world today as in the days of the early church. We must be spiritually discerning.
The Antichrist is coming, so is Jesus Christ! Will you worship God and the Lamb or the dragon and the beast? The choice is yours. You must take a stand; there is no neutral ground. It will be costly to follow Christ in this world, but you can’t afford to compromise! Take a stand for Christ! Even if your life is threatened or your job, health and money taken away, hold fast to your faith and follow the Lamb. One day, you will stand and reign with him forever!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to take a stand for You and remain faithful to the end, Amen.