Read Revelation 13
Focus on verse 11-12
Anyone who has lived for any length of time has likely experienced at least a short period of time when life’s circumstances were less than ideal, perhaps even down right awful. If you happen to be one of the few who has not, count your blessings…and cross your fingers as your time may yet be coming.
In today’s reading John sees two beasts rise up out of the sea. These are most likely figurative of nations, or leaders of nations rather than specific individuals. Most certainly the power behind them comes from Satan, and will be used by Him to attempt to deceive and destroy as many people as possible, focusing particularly on those who claim allegiance to Christ.
Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.(v. 11-12)
Apparently this will be a beastly time to live through for particularly for those who follow Jesus as many will be killed by the beast or those who follow it.
The good news is the amount of time the beast will be allowed to reign with relative freedom will be limited to about three and a half years. Ultimately, the beast will be destroyed and/or banished to the lake of fire by Christ when He returns to set things right.
While there are many details that are not clearly described for us, John’s vision gives us enough information to know that we ought to be ready. We do not know the day or the hour, but we know that it is coming, and it the time is one day closer today than it was yesterday. It is enough to know that the end is coming whether it is near or far, we have the privilege to have been warned, so we can be as prepared as possible for what ever God calls us to face in the time that remains for us to serve Him on this earth.