FROM THE EARTH
Last month, we explored the first part of Chapter 13, and learned about
"The Beast From The Sea".
indeed the infamous "Anti-Christ", who is certainly empowered by Satan
himself (aka "The Dragon").
He is one
mean and ugly dude. "Having
seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads
a blasphemous name" (v1).
Verse 2 of Chapter 13 describes him further as "like a leopard, his
feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a
We see the "beast" further described in verse 3, a passage prophecy-nuts
will quickly recognize, as having a mortal wound on "one of his
heads, as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was
problem, all we have to do is look for a future world leader who dies of
a mortal wound, and comes back to life! God gives us these prophetic
details, which seem strange to us on this side of the Rapture, but, when
the time comes, will be very clear.
and most important, attribute of the "Beast" (aka the Anti-Christ), is
that he has the whole world bowing down to him in worship.
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Eli and Samuel were two of the finest Old
Testament prophets. Great men, serving God in a time before the
Both men were right in the middle of God’s will
for their lives, and for the nation of Israel.
And yet, they both failed God in one extremely
important area. Both men of God failed to train and discipline their
sons to carry on God’s work for the next generation.
Eli belonged to the tribe of Levi, and for years
acted as a judge and as High Priest in Israel. He lived at Shiloh in
a dwelling adjoining the Temple for the greater portion of his life.
We know little about him until he was well advanced in age. The
first mention of him is when Hannah came to the temple to pour out
her heart to the priest because she was barren. Hannah would become
the mother of Samuel.
There are few Bible men in whose character we
cannot find some great and glaring fault. There is usually a dead
fly in the ointment, a rent in the garment, a spot on the whitest
sheet. Eli was a good man whose life was pure. He loved and
delighted in God’s service, but was faulty in one point. He failed
to exercise the proper authority of a parent over his children.
God blessed Eli with two sons, Hophni and
Phinehas, who, although lacking their father’s character and
qualities, were yet put into the priest’s office. As priests, they
behaved wickedly. They took for themselves all the prime cuts of
meat from sacrifices, and committed adultery with the women who
served at the sanctuary entrance. Eli was aware of their behavior,
but he rebuked them too lightly and ultimately did not stop them.
It was huge.
It was a monster. It was scary. Quick, get away. Run.
I have never seen
anything so big and hairy and mean looking in my life (and I have
been around a long time).
We installed a
security camera outside, pointing at the driveway, to catch any
would-be bad guys who may approach our house.
The motion detection
camera was designed to take a video of unwanted intruders who come
in range of the security device. It sends a text to my mobile phone
with a picture of the intruder.
I had adjusted the
motion detector sensors to not pick up little things, just let me
know when something big is in the driveway.
But, last night, (of
course it had to be at 3:00 am), I was awakened by my video warning
alert that an intruder was in the neighborhood of our house.
Through sleepy eyes, I
played the video on my cell phone, to see what was going on.
What I saw was scary
(again it is still 3:00 am). I saw this 900-foot-tall, big hairy
ugly giant bug in our driveway. I thought at first that the late
night pizza I ate, while watching the science-fiction-monster movie,
The Bug That
Ate Chicago, was causing me to have bad dreams.
But, this was real.
This bug was right there on my cell phone video. It was crawling
around - it was so close, I could see its wings, its legs, its face,
its eyes, its mouth, its tentacles!
I was immediately
awake (who could sleep during the attack of the giant monster-bug).
I went to look out the kitchen door, to see what was in