“A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” (Reference: Revelation 14:9-12 )
Perhaps it is because I myself am worn out, but I can almost feel sorry “for those who worship the beast and his image”, and those who have received “the mark of his name” having “no rest day or night”. I am tired out and am already thinking longingly of sleep, how must it be to get no rest but to worship endlessly and relentlessly something that we never do anything for you or intercede for you, but actually seeks your harm and destruction!
But then I am not sure I am capable of “patient endurance.” I am not really sure what that means – unless it means putting up with the beast roaming around unchecked, the image of the beast popping up all over, and those with the mark of the beast generally being “beastly.”
Maybe Menno Simons’ patience was being tried when he wrote “Behold, such an unbelieving, impenitent, tyrannical, idolatrous, contrary, disobedient, blind, carnal people are they who imagine that they are the believing church and the real and lawful bride of Christ. These poor children do not notice that all under heaven is spoiled, even as the prophet complains that there is not truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying and killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break out and blood toucheth blood. Hos. 4:1,2. The world, says John, lieth in wickedness.”
It could be something as simple as obeying God’s commandments and being faithful to Jesus. If that is the case, I can do that no matter how worn out and tired I am. May you beloved patiently endure until the time God and Christ return putting an end to the “beast” and those who follow and worship the “beast.” Selah!