In the beginning of Ecclesiastes 11 Solomon reminds us that even though life is uncertain, we should not do nothing, nor should we wait for conditions to be perfect before we act. If we do, it might never happen - whether it's getting married, having children, reading the Bible, joining a church. We need to continually take steps to grow in spiritual maturity.
I don't recall reading this verse before (though I know I have several times since I've read through the Bible several years now), but it really jumped out at me today....
5 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
What a beautiful verse when it comes to the value of the unborn and the mystery of life. We serve an amazing Creator!
Regarding our Revelation passage, my Life Application Bible says....
Chapter 13 introduces Satan's (the dragon's) two evil accomplices: (1) the beast out of the sea and (2) the beast out of the earth. Together, the three evil beings form an unholy trinity in direct opposition to the holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
They unity to try to overthrow the power of God, but of course, they will fail. There is and will continue to be great spiritual warfare going on. And though we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christ will prevail as the victor, many Christians will suffer greatly before the final triumph, and a great many humans are on the wrong side of this spiritual battle and their end will be eternal punishment. Such hard truths!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Numbers 1-2; Revelation 14