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“The beast which was, and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction” (Revelation 17:11).

One of Satan’s own rises to the top.  Many have arisen, for there are ten heads.  This is the eighth which is really a seventh.  Okay, without getting into Hebrew numerology, there will come a day when a final tyrant unleashes hell on earth as has never been unleashed before.  But the Lord has already released uncrushable grace which saves.  Do not fear the one who can destroy the body, but the One who can destroy body and soul.

Lord, there are many books out about the beast and prognostications about what all of this means.  You have already told us that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against principalities and forces.  Lead me, O Lord, to walk humbly with You, knowing that all things have always been in Your hands.  Help me focus upon reaching out to others rather than believing all the drivel of the devil.

Lord Jesus, lover of my soul, You have wonderfully created us all.  You have called me to walk with You in faith by grace.  Empower me so that no matter what tyrant comes, I will walk faithfully with You.  Whether I live through the final days, or just live to my final day, teach me how to be humble, faithful, and a witness of Your great love.  You have called me to live into Your likeness.  Thank You, dear Savior.  Amen.

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