- Revelation 13:1-16:21
“And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.” –Revelation 13:5, ESV
Be careful with God’s sovereignty. Everything that God allows is not also approved by Him as holy. He allowed the beast freedom to exercise authority. He allowed the beast to utter haughty and blasphemous words. He allowed the people to make their own choices. If God allows you to make a decision, don’t assume that He approves it as holy. If you experience someone else’s unholy behavior, you cannot determine that God said that behavior was holy. The sovereignty of God can be confusing. But know this: what He allows is not always blessed. Seek His blessing, not His allowance.