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ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom,
but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the
beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14
They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them
because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his
called, chosen and faithful followers."
powers and authorities lifted up against God and his purposes will
ultimately be brought down in defeat. Those who boast of their power and
seem to have unlimited dominance will one day be judged and reduced to
nothing. The Kingdom of Heaven and the chosen and faithful followers
of the Lamb will eventually overcome because their Lord and Savior is
the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Response and Action:
people have always had to persevere in the face of oppression. From
the ancient days of the Old Testament prophets, to the days of the
Apostle John, to the present days of the persecuted church in many
areas of the world, God-fearing believers have been sustained by their
faith in a righteous God who will one day put the world to rights and
save his people from the corrupt powers of this world. My hope is in
the Lord. I stand with those who follow the Lamb.
God, sustain me and give me hope. Save this world and your people from
the hands of wicked rulers and corrupt powers. Bring down those who
oppress and destroy and deliver us from evil. Come Lord, quickly, and
Spiritual Formation Verses: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
by N. T. Wright