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The Second Beast of Revelation 13

Beast of Revelation 13 -- second

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Imagination is a wonderful gift, concerning which only mankind seems to possess. Albert Einstein is claimed to have said (but not all agree): “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” That sounds very brainy, but it lacks real substance, so I don’t believe Einstein said it. My point in bringing this up is that imagination is not lacking, when it comes to the interpretation of the Apocalypse, and the second beast of Revelation 13 is no exception. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Over Whom Did the Beast Reign?

Beast of Revelation 13b

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The beast had power or authority over Jews, and only Jews who were the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He, indeed, had authority over all tribes, no matter which language was spoken, and no matter where they resided in the Roman Empire (Revelation 13:7). However, that authority was limited to the Jewish race. It did not include gentiles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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A Mouth Full of Blasphemy

Blasphemy

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According to Revelation 13:6, John tells us that the beast opened his mouth in blasphemy (G988) against God, and he blasphemed (G987) the name of God, he blasphemed his Tabernacle, and he blasphemed those in heaven. The Greek word for blaspheme, according to the Analytical Greek Lexicon, means ‘calumny’ ‘railing’ ‘reproach’ ‘blasphemy’. The word has to do with slander, a falsification or a misrepresentation intended to discredit another. When used of God it is called blasphemy when used of man it is called slander, but the meaning is the same. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is Able to Fight the Beast?

Persecution

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Because the earth (“ge” – G1093) wondered over the beast’s return to power, they worshiped the dragon (Revelation 12:3-4, 9), whom they believed had caused it to occur (Revelation 13:4). What needs to be kept in mind is that the Greek word for world (G1093) in the KJV is translated so, only here in Revelation 13:4. Everywhere else in the New Covenant Scriptures (242 other occurrences) the Greek word, ge (G1093), is translated earth, land, ground or country (in the KJV). So, it isn’t the world, per se, that “wondered after the beast” but rather the citizens of the land—the Jews. They wondered after the beast and ended up worshiping the dragon for giving the beast its authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Healing the Deadly Wound

Deadly Wound

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There are many theories among scholars concerning the beast receiving a fatal wound to one of its heads and its subsequent, miraculous healing. Some, for example, believe Nero’s death was the deadly wound, and his resurrection as Antichrist would be its healing.[1] Others claim that Nero was killed and “rose” to life in the person of Domitian.[2] Still others see the fall of the Roman Empire as the deadly wound, and its healing occurred with the rise of Charlemagne.[3] Yet, none of these (nor similar interpretations that might be named) seem to fit the context of the Apocalypse, which seems to put its culmination or fulfillment in the first century AD. Moreover, if no one was able to open and understand the contents of the scroll with its seven seals (Revelation 5:1-3), what causes us to think we are able to understand this book without letting Jesus reveal it to us through his words found elsewhere in the Bible (Revelation 5:4-5; cf. 2Peter 1:20)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Beast’s Great Power and Authority

Beast of Revelation 13 a

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In my previous study: The Beast with Seven Heads, I mentioned John described the main portion of the beast, i.e. its body, as a leopard (Revelation 13:2). The leopard is the third beast of Daniel 7:3-7), and according to nearly every scholar who studies Daniel, this beast represents Greece and Alexander the Great. In the context of Revelation 13:2, this seems to mean the beast would be Grecian or Hellenistic in its character. Moreover, this character is described in Scripture as one who watches its prey (Jeremiah 5:6), and considers them with a view to destroy (Hosea 13:7-8; cf. Luke 6:7; 14:1; Acts 9:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Beast with Seven Heads

Beast of Revelation 13

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As mentioned previously, the seven-headed beast of Revelation 13 has been interpreted by some to be the Roman Empire with its first seven emperors: Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius, Nero and Vespasian (excluding the three emperors who rose to power for a short time between Nero and Vespasian. It’s not a perfect fit, since three are subjectively eliminated from the interpretation, but this is one of its interpretations. A more widely accepted but also a modern interpretation is that the seven-headed beast represents seven resurrections of the Roman Empire (1-Justinian; 2-Charlemagne; 3-Otto the Great; 4-Charles V; 5-Napoleon; 6-Hitler), with the seventh and final resurrection being yet future.[1] There are other variations of the above, but in essence these are the interpretations of most modern end-time enthusiasts. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Birth of the Beast of Revelation 13

Beast out of the sea

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Many modern scholars interpret the beast of Revelation 13 and its heads as seven resurrections of the Roman Empire. Indeed, other scholars interpret the heads of the beast of this chapter to be the first seven heads of the Roman Empire. Although I do agree with this second interpretation, I do have exceptions as to how that interpretation was played out in history. For example, although the heads of the beast of Revelation 13 are Roman emperors, the beast is not Rome. The description of the beast in this chapter is based upon the four great empires of Daniel 7: Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, and Daniel 7:3 states that these empires would be different from one another. Yet, Revelation 13 seems to make the beast with its seven heads a composite of all four.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Dragon Had but a Short Time

Dragon -- Revelation 12

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As I conclude this study on Revelation 12, we come to the place where the dragon realized he was cast to the earth, and he knew that he had only a short time left, before he would be bound (cf. Revelation 20:1-2), so he persecuted the woman (the elect) who brought forth the male Child, Jesus (Revelation 12:12-13). This literally played out in the life of Herod the Great after he failed to discover where Jesus (“he who was born King of the Jews” – Matthew 2:1-2), was living (Matthew 2:7-8, 11-12, 16). Joseph had taken Jesus and Mary to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14). It wasn’t until about a year later that Herod was stricken terminally ill, and he knew he had but a short time left before he would die. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Dragon and His Seven Heads

Dragon of Revelation 12

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Something concerning the dragon of Revelation 12 occurs in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus had dispatched the Seventy (70 disciples, including the 12 Apostles) two by two throughout Samaria, as he proceeded on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51; 10:1). Upon the return of the Seventy, they greeted Jesus with great joy, saying even the demons were subject to them in his name. Albeit, Jesus warned them not to rejoice over this but, rather, be glad that their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20). What is most interesting is that Jesus said he beheld Satan “having fallen from heaven, as lightening” (Luke 10:18). In other words, Jesus beheld the fall of Satan from heaven as an accomplished fact during his earthly ministry! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Measuring the House of God

Measure the TempleRevelation 12:11 seems to encapsulate the entire Gospel period of the first century AD, that is, the period between Jesus’ public ministry and 70 AD. It was in 70 AD that the Kingdom of God was established, because, as the Old Covenant was fulfilled at that time, it was also immediately terminated with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The word, they, in this verse refers to the woman who brought forth the male child (Jesus) and those who were taught by Jesus for 3 ½ years or during his public ministry. The “they” in the text refers to all the elect or, in other words, the remnant who believed in and trusted the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Now Is Come Salvation…

War in heaven -- the Lamb

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John heard a loud voice speaking in heaven (Revelation 12:10).

 “…Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” (Revelation 12:10-14) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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