Spotting the Counterfeit
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 13 and in today's text we see John continues to see the conflict between God and Satan. He continues to record the great battle between the forces of God and Satan that are taking place before the vial judgments are unveiled. The enemy is described in 3 forms, a un-holy trinity making a last ditch effort to unsuccessfully rise up against God with those who remain needing the mark of the beast "666" to buy or sale anything. In making application we can see the Enemy is real and has many forms who will try to deceive with all deception. These events are post rapture so there is no reason to fear this time frame but the same enemy that tempted Jesus, and is in our text today, is the same enemy that tries to deceive us today. In making application we need to better understand when the enemy tries to deceive us? It reminds me of how the F.B.I. searches for counterfeit bills by spending time studying the real money so when a counterfeit comes across their desk they can easily identify the fake money. When it come to the Enemy we need to be like the F.B.I. and diligently study the scriptures to know truth so we can recognize the deception of the enemy when he comes to deceive us into making wrong decisions. How about you? Can you recognize when the enemy tempts or misleads you? Do you know the truth of the Bible? Let me challenge you to study your Bible daily so you will spot the counterfeit.