Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 18
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Babylon represents the world system of the beast in the end times. It is the political and economic influence of Satan’s future empire and of those who reject Jesus Christ. Those who do not know the Lord in this future world system will seek to satisfy their desires in it. “But worldly things never permanently satisfy or last.” (Warren Wiersbe) The love of worldly things is a form of idolatry, a terrible sin that leads to much misery. Paul instructed Timothy, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (1 Timothy 6:6-11). The book of Revelation shows us the future state of those who love pleasures and possessions, and certainly helps us put Christmas in its proper perspective. The absolute greatest gift any of us could possibly receive is to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Without Christ there is no Christmas.
Prayer: “Dear Father, we rejoice that You are in control and that You will overthrow all evil. We thank You for the victory we have today through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron