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“The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east” (Revelation 16:12).

Only with hindsight does everything make sense.  There are things that happen in life that only upon reflection afterwards will we begin to understand what it means.  The great river, the source of the Babylonian system, the heart of the rebellion against the Lord will be prepared to allow passage by an even greater evil.  Did the Lord not warn us to put our house in order after a demon is exorcised lest seven more return? (Matthew 12:43-45)

The only way out, Lord, is You.  Only by grace and through faith can we escape the deadly traps of the rebellion of this age.  Guide us, Lord, to see through the same snares that happen over and over again so that we look to You for help.  At the end, the east will reveal the heart of wickedness, whatever that means.  But I do know You have come to give us a new heart that longs to be with You forever.

Guide me in the salvation You have prepared in the sight of all people Lord Jesus.  No matter what the end of this age looks like, prepare me to be with You forever.  Guide me in Your goodness so that I may have hope for the eternity which You have promised.  Grant me strength to live through whatever may befall me in this age knowing that You are preparing me to be with You forever.  Amen.