Revelation 13:1-2 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
The dragon is the devil, Satan. The beast is the antichrist. Though he is called the beast in Revelation it is clear that he is a man. He has risen in power and has become the ruler of the world. He starts out nice and becomes a beast, he starts out the one who is able to bring peace to the entire world and ends up leading the word into the worst war of all history the battle of Armageddon. All that he is able to do and accomplish he does by the power and authority of the devil, the spirit of the antichrist.
1 John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
The spirit of the antichrist is already in the world meaning satan is working in government rulers now, today. He gives them abilities, charisma, and power to lead and rule. They start out nice, but they soon turn into a beast. The spirit of antichrist is characterized by an obsession with control and those who are under such leaders increasingly feel restricted and lose more and more personal freedom. It is clear in the Bible that this is what is coming and it will get increasingly worse until Jesus wins the battle of Armageddon.
So what shall I do and how then shall I live with this growing dictatorial leadership? It is clear that my primary goal ought to be to influence people and attract people to faith in Jesus Christ. That purpose should control my life and I should be obsessed with succeeding at it.
My primary tool given to reach many people and to see them receive freedom in Christ given to me by God is prayer, especially corporate prayer. Warfare praying is against the kingdom of darkness for the purpose of freeing those who are held captive by the devil and blinded by him so that they can’t understand the gospel and hate Jesus. Warfare praying is best done by an army not an individual. The church is the army of God and is at it’s best when it is praying against the kingdom of darkness.
Jefferson Baptist Church is praying 10 hours each day next week, Monday through Friday, as the army of God against the Kingdom of darkness so that many are transferred from the domain of darkness to the Kindom of God’s beloved Son. It is a great experience being part of that army.