Study the Bible in Two Years

Friday – Revelation 13

1.  This vision  of the Beast out of the Sea is almost incomprehensible, without a knowledge of Daniel 7.   Daniel saw four separate animals:  1. lion =Babylon.  2.  bear =Persia.  3. leopard with 4 heads =Greece.   4. terrifying beast with iron teeth and 10 horns =Roman Empire.

Add all these beasts together and how many heads do you have?

In John’s vision, all 4 animals have been combined into one terrible beast with 7 heads and 10 horns.  Who also has 7 heads and 10 horns?  Look back at 12:3.  Best interpretation: This beast is a composite of all antichristian governments, not just theRoman empire, but all  such governments until the end of the world.

2.  Note 13:3  “The fatal wound had been healed.” As soon as one persecuting government or power fails, another rises to take its place.  In John’s day, Nero was replaced by Domitian.  Note how this beast is described in 13:5-8.  In John’s day, Roman emperors demanded that they be worshipped.  Their subjects had to address them as “Lord,” or “God,” or even “Savior.”  Those Christians who refused were put to death.

3.  The next major enemy of the Christian church is introduced as the “Beast out of the Earth.”  He has the appearance of a lamb, but speaks like a dragon.  Confer Matt. 7:15 – Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ferocious wolves.

This beast is called the False Prophet in Rev. 16:13 and 19:20.  Who does he promote and force people to worship?   Conclusion:  This beast stands for all antichristian religions. When false religion and antichristian governments get together, it is always lethal for Christians.

4.  The “Mark of the Beast,” 666, is introduced.  It is so important to remember that this is not a literal mark on people, but this is what John saw in his vision.  The mark is no more a real tattoo than the Beast of the Sea is a real beast.  If you are a Christian and refuse to follow the orders of your government (if it is antichristian) you can expect persecution. You don’t get into college, you don’t get a decent job, you are shunned by your neighbors.  Or worse.  Why “666”?  Best interpretation: God’s covenant number with us is 7. The devil always tries to imitate the true God, but falls short.  His number is triple failure.

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