Rev 13-15 The Contrast of Evil vs. Truth
John offers the stark reality of evil and the glory of truth. Both the evil and the Truth have followers who are obedient to their words, yet the outcome is vastly different. As always, the beast is a master counterfeiter. His follower’s loyalty is noted by the visible mark on their hand or forehead, mimicking the OT custom of the Jews and wearing of their phylacteries. Accepting the beast’s mark seals them for eternity because they have denied God; they obey for today but not for eternity. Contrast this to the Lamb’s followers marked with the Father’s name on their forehead. They follow the Lamb wherever He goes because they are redeemed and blameless. John shares these glorious truths; great and marvelous are His works. He is faithful to His Way, and His ways are not like man’s. Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; All nations shall come and worship before HIM!
True Believers need to pray for discernment when that time comes so they may be found with the followers of Truth and Righteousness and be able to sing about the wonders of our marvelous God.