Actress Megan Fox has 20.6 million Instagram followers. Recently she posted a picture of her in a very scantily dressed pose, receiving communion from her boyfriend, musician Machine Gun Kelly who is dressed as a priest. The caption reads, “On Sundays we take communion.” If this isn’t blasphemy and a mockery of Jesus and our most central Christian message then I’m not sure what is! Where does this blasphemous idea come from?
“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling-place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear. ‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed[ with the sword, with the sword they will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.” (Revelation 13 v 5-10)
How do we live in such a non-Christian world with blasphemy all around us?
Don’t fear this blasphemous beast: No one has authority without it being given by God (v5, 7). Remember if God was still in charge when His Son was crucified then it shows that at no time no matter how anti-Christian this world gets is He not holding ultimate authority.
Don’t fear this blasphemous beast: He has an allotted time and a limited season (v5). This is a symbolic time as we have seen for the trampling of the Holy City, the time of the 2 false prophets and the time of protection for the woman from the dragon. It is simply a time of testing. But it is for a time.
Don’t fear this blasphemous beast: Your name is written in the book of Life, you will make it (v8). In order to make it then we must follow the story of the Lamb, it is His book of Life, His way and His power. It is a mystery revealed. There is no other way.
Don’t fear this blasphemous beast: Just respond to God’s call (v9). We must listen to the Spirit. We must live our lives on what He says.
Don’t fear this blasphemous beast: Be patient under suffering (v10). Remember we fight not as the world fights but with patient endurance.