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“Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains upon which the woman sits, and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while” (Revelation 17:9-10).

The great empires of old, one right after the other, came with rulers who were absolute.  The Roman empire and then, in the last days, one who will rule as absolute.  Wickedness seeks control.  God is love.  In a loving relationship with your neighbor and with the Lord, eternity is present.  Do not live in the one over the other wickedness of this world but live in love with the Lord forever.

Lord, You know the state of the rebellion.  Humans seek for themselves at the expense of others.  Kill the old Adam and resurrect the new person in the image of Christ.  Let love rule in our hearts.  This world will continue its path of destruction, but You have come so that we may have eternal life and have it abundantly.  Wickedness remains for only a moment, but Your love is forever.

Lord Jesus, unite me with You forever.  Guide me to learn how to live the abundant life of love.  Guide me to see that in You is hope and an eternal future.  Help me to see through the tyranny of this age and not to fall for its deception.  Aid me to seek the pure life of being like You.  You have given me the ability to become a child of God.  Let nothing hinder me in becoming like You.  Lead me always, Savior Jesus.  Amen.

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