The Lamb will conquer them
James asks a shocking question of his readers in the New Testament letter that bears his name: “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” (James 4:4). Just before he asked them that he called them, “You adulterous people!” No holds barred, I guess. And before that he made the observation that their passions were at war within them. Note that he was writing to Christians. It was and is a tough but needed message because we are indeed in a battle with our own flesh and the world around us and our enemy is looking for any hint of us giving in. “Friendship with the world is enmity with God.” As we look at Revelation 17 this Sunday, we’ll see that battle in its final form. God wants us to have our eyes wide open to our enemy’s tactics and to have full confidence in who he is as King of kings and Lord of lords, and to know who he says we are, “called and chosen and faithful.”
Series: Great& Amazing—Revelation (Part2)
Message: 24–The Lamb will conquer them
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Revelation 17:1-18
February 12, 2023
Manlooking: The inability of those with XY (male) chromosomes to see anything that is clearly in sight. They require a XX (female) chromosome member of the population to guide their eyes to the item within plain view.
The Urban Dictionary
God wants my eyes to be opened to the world’s...
...deceptive beauty (v. 4a)
...adulterous ways (v. 2-3, 4b-5)
...vicious persecution of believers (v. 6a)
We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.
A. W. Tozer
...unseen source of power (v. 6b-13, 18)
The woman has formed an adulterous connection in every epoch of her history with the then existing world power.
George Eldon Ladd
...self-destructive path (v. 15-16)
...ultimate demise (v. 14a,17)
and for my confidence to be in...
...who he is (v. 14b)
...and who he says I am (v. 14c)