Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. —Revelation 13:11-12

 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. —Revelation 13:16-17 

            There have been regimes and will be regimes that make/cause people to submit or suffer consequences the regimes dictate.  Brutal regimes slaughter their own people who they deem unfit to live. Examples of these are—  Mao Tse-Tung (1893-1976) of China caused the death of 49 million people.  Josef Stalin (1878-1853) of the Soviet Union caused the death of 23 million people.  Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) of Germany was responsible for the death of 17 million people.  Saddam Hussein (1937-2006) caused the brutal deaths of 2 million people. Kim II Sung (1924-1994) caused the death of 3 million people.  The list goes on of past and present dictators who killed those that they deemed unworthy of life.

            What was the common thread of all these leaders mention and any like them?  They were all dictators.  They dictate or tell you what you are to do.  You do not have any say in matters.  Dictators put themselves in the place of God and think they know what is best for you.  Does that sound familiar to what is happening in our world today in so many places?

            It is interesting that this not only happened in the past, but is happening in the present and will also happen in the future.  The evil nature of man will always be evil.  There is coming a time when the whole world will have a dictator who will want to be worshipped and force the earth’s population to worship this dictator.  Not only that but if the population does not do what this dictator wants then they will not have the ability to buy or sell.  They will be forced out of the economic markets.  Does this sound familiar?  Citizen’s freedom doesn’t exist under dictators.

            Beware of those who would dictate how you are to live.  Godly leaders lead by example and concern for others.  Dictators lead by telling you what do while they do otherwise and are only concerned about themselves.  Don’t be hoodwinked by words and speeches.  Words and speeches are just that… only words and speeches.  By themselves they change nothing but can be used to manipulate others and cover up what ones motives really are.  The actions prove what kind of leader the leader us. 

We would be wise to consider what Jesus said about man— “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person” (John 2:24-25).  Let us not be naïve about the evil nature of man.  Man, when not led by God’s Holy Spirit, is capable of the most evil, satanic and brutal actions.  History clearly bears this out and unfortunately will repeat itself until Jesus comes and sets all things right.  Be wise and aware.

Dear Father help me to know the signs of the times we are in and to encourage others to be aware.  May I live according to Your desires for Your glory and in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. 

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