Today’s Reading: Revelation 8:7 – Chapter 13.
Highlights: Today we read about more tribulations with the sounding of the first 6 trumpets. The trumpets are similar to the seals but more the tribulations are more intense and more urgent. A third of the natural world is destroyed and then a third of all mankind are killed by locusts and armies on horses. There were also 7 thunders but John was not allowed to share what he saw.
More fascinating accounts follow. In chapter 11 two witnesses who are killed then raised causing many to believe. Later in chapter 12 we read about a woman giving birth to a male child and a war between the dragon and Michael the archangel. The dragon is defeated and cast down to earth. In chapter 13 we read about the allies of the dragon: the beast from the sea and beast from the earth,
Try to make application of the different characters in Chapter 12. Is this not talking about the first coming of Jesus? Having failed to defeat Jesus what is the dragon (Satan) determined to do? (Revelation 12:17).
Given that context consider the possibility that the book could talking about the persecution that the early Christians faced from the Romans following the death and resurrection of Jesus. This would also make sense considering it was written to 7 first century churches about “things which must shortly take place” (1:1).