Scripture Reading: Revelation 17:7-18
“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them; for He is Lord of lords and Kings of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)
In the previous post, we met a new character in Revelation — the great harlot, who is called Babylon the Great. She symbolizes the evil world in opposition to God, or what is known as worldliness. She is joined by the scarlet beast, who is one and the same with the beast of the sea in chapter 13. This beast represents secular and political forces in opposition to Christ and His Church. The seven heads of the beast represent earthly empires (vs. 9-11). The ten horns stand for all the smaller and less significant kingdoms which arise during this age (vs. 12,13).
These kings and kingdoms wage war against the Lamb — “They are of one mind and hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will make war on the Lamb” (vs. 13,14a). The Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Throughout history the Lamb constantly defeats His enemies. And as we will see, He destroys His enemies once for all. The statement is simple and powerful — “The Lamb will conquer them!”
There is an interesting description of the people of God in the passage — “And those with Him are called and chosen and faithful” (v. 14c). Notice, first of all, that the believers are WITH the Lamb. The Lamb will never leave nor forsake them, for they have been effectually called by the irresistible grace of God. They are also chosen by God before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) to be God’s own possession (I Peter 2:9,10). They remain faithful to the Lamb through the war that is waged upon them.
The good news is that we serve a victorious King. He fights the battles for us and with us. He has effectually called us and given us new life in Him. We are His chosen people, a people for His own possession. He has done all these things for us and therefore we are expected to be faithful to Him through the battles we may face on this earth.
Lord Jesus, You are the victorious Lamb, the Lord of lords and King of kings. You protect and defend Your chosen people. Thank You that you are with me. You have called me and chosen me. Give me the strength to be faithful to You no matter what I must face on this earth. The battles are great; the enemies are formidable; but You are the victorious King who wins the war and defeats all Your enemies. I can find great rest and peace in You.
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