Revelation 13:9

Saturday, 20 March 2021

If anyone has an ear, let him hear. Revelation 13:9

The words resemble those found in the seven letters to the seven churches. Towards the end of each of those letters, the Lord would give this as a note calling for heightened attention. The idea of “If anyone has an ear” is that of understanding. The idea of “let him hear” is that of following through in proper compliance to that which is spoken.

In this case, scholars are divided as to whether the paying heed is referring to what has just been said about the beast and the persecution of the saints who do not worship the beast, or if it is referring to the coming verse that calls for “the patience and the faith of the saints.” The answer is that it is both. The entire passage is carefully aligned so that it requires special attention.

Life application:  In Deuteronomy 4:9, 10, it says –

“Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, 10 especially concerning the day you stood before the Lord your God in Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’”

In those verses is the admonition that the people are told to “let them hear My words.” The Lord is speaking to His people and asking them to listen and apply the words to their lives. And then Jesus finally came, about fifteen hundred years later, and walked among the people of Israel.

Eight times the gospels record Jesus’ words, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” These eight times are Matthew 11:15, 13:9, 13:43, Mark 4:9, 4:23, 7:17, Luke 8:8, & 14:35. In Revelation, this phrase is also repeated eight times – 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13, 3:22, and 13:9.

Revelation 13:9 is now the last time it is found in the Bible. It is a final note of warning to the people of the world, and it will call for true and steadfast hearts, willing to heed the words from the mouth of the Creator.

The finishing of the thought will come in the next verse. God is instructing the people who will live in this terrible time of tribulation. By far the best option is to get right with Jesus now and avoid the trials, the woes, and the tests to come. Bow the knee to Jesus, call on Him now, and be ready for the rapture. The time of that event is unknown, but it will come to pass. He is coming for His people. He is JESUS!

Heavenly Father, since the earliest days of man on earth, You have given Your word and asked us to hear it and apply it to our lives. However, we are so determined to do it our own way. Certainly, You give us such instruction so that we may live and enjoy life, but we continuously reject it for temporary pleasure. Help us to get it right; help us to follow Your word of life. Amen.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Revelation 13:9

  • Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 8:08 am
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    help us LORD and please unstop the ears of our love one ( family and friends ) let them hear let them see , help us to be a light shinning in this dark world . thank you love and prayers

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  • Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 8:16 am
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    A suggestion for the site: the share button is a great idea, but could it be moved to the upper or lower corner? It’s not semi transparent like the Top Of Page button at the bottom right. Not the end of the world if you can’t, but it would end the daily game dodge ball with the words and the share button! Thanks.

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  • Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 8:55 am
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    T-54

    If anyone have an ear let him hear……translated onto today’s slang that most people will under stand……. Wake up dummy it’s going down fast and you better be ready. If they can’t understand that warning in its most basic terms then it seems their salvation was In doubt all along. ….just my take on this…. i do hope I am wrong but?????

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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    • Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 11:10 am
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      Amen

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    • Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 1:06 pm
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      Hi Gordon, I love your translation the GGV- the Gordon Goodwin Version.

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  • Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 9:45 am
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    Glory to God for another day to read his word and praise his name. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. Thank you LORD for making your word abundantly available to read. I thank you for the NLT (new living translation) that makes it easy for the simple to read. I thank you for the NASB that is the closest to direct translation from Hebrew. Who are we to hold this precious word in our hands. To read for ourselves. Those struggling to read, I pray, would ask for your help. I couldn’t read it until holy teacher Jesus helped me. Thank you Jesus for directing me here to be among your people, who love you.

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  • Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 10:00 pm
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    Amen

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  • Sunday, March 21st, 2021 at 3:27 pm
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    Ruth made a funny – the GGV.

    Have a blessed week ahead everyone!

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