4/2/10 At the time of the final battle all will worship the beast from the sea who looks like Christ (Mt 24:24) in his pedigree. At least all whose names aren’t written in the Lamb’s book of life will worship him.
There appears to be some disagreement over the translation of Rev 18:3 concerning the placement of “from the foundation of the world.” Does it describe those written in the book of life from the foundation of the world as Mt 25:34 and Rev 18:8 use it, or is it describing the Lamb slaughtered from the foundation of the world?
V. 9 says “if anyone has an ear…” which is the language of the letters to the seven churches. Then in v. 10 is an allusion to Is 33:1 and/or Jer 43:11. Is 33:1 is about the judgments and salvation of God: judgment on those who destroy his people and salvation for his people. Jer 43:11 is the story of the remnant going to Egypt for safety and God sending Babylon to conquer Egypt for the sake of his people.
During these things in the final crisis God’s people must have patience and faith that God will see them through.