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“The Beast from the Sea – Pt. 2” – Revelation 13:5-10

Oct 17, 2021

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Introduction to Part II

Chapter thirteen continues the interlude between the sounding of the seven trumpets and the outpouring of the seven bowl judgments of God's wrath on unrepentant mankind.

 In chapter fourteen John's vision will show us the time of the end, where God pours out His divine judgment on rebellious civilization ("Babylon"), and the final persecution of Christ's Church.

 Chapter thirteen describes the appearance and attributes of the ("Beast"); Antichrist

(Vs. 10) and his persecution of the Church aided by the "second beast" (false prophet) (Vs. 11-18).

In chapter twelve, the Apostle John had prepared his readers (us) for this final time of persecution, and how we can remain faithful.

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

(Rev. 12:11)

The final persecution of the Church is nothing new, but rather the norm for the Church throughout history.

Although Christian martyrdom in the final days is inevitable, our final triumph is assured because Satan was defeated at Calvary.

When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

(Jn. 19:30)

Again, keep in mind that John uses symbolic Old Testament language to describe his vision.

With that in mind, and the understanding that many scholars over many years, have come to different interpretations and understandings of these passages, we need to study them for ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to the Truth.

There is no substitute for serious, in depth, personal Bible study.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of Truth.

(2 Tim. 2:15)

For:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

(2 Tim. 3:16-17)

And let us further understand that Bible prophecy will not be fully understood until it takes place.

I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.......“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”

(Dan. 12:8-9,13)

Pt. II

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The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.

Revelation 13:5

"The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies..."

          * Again, the same beast from Daniel's vision:

“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully...... I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.....He will speak against the Most High and oppress His holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time. 

(Dan. 7:8, 20, 25)

Notice that the "beast was given a mouth...," this suggests his power was not his own, but given to him by a higher authority - Satan.

"Blasphemous words" in this context are not words derogatory towards God, but words of "self-deification" (Vs. 1). A greater abomination.

"...to exercise authority for forty-two months."

          * 1,260 days, the time of "the great tribulation" (Matt. 24:21) and the most severe persecution of the saints in history, the second half of the tribulation:

He will speak against the Most High and oppress His holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.

(Dan. 7:25)

The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by Him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”

(Dan. 12:7)

“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.  Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days."

(Dan. 12:11-12)

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It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander His name and His dwelling place and those who live in heaven.

Revelation 13:6

"...to slander His name and His dwelling place and those who live in heaven."

          * God's name is holy, as He is holy.

          * God's dwelling place is heaven, and the saints live there with Him.

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It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

Revelation 13:7

"It was given power to war against God's holy people and to conquer them."

          * "It was given power" - The beast and his "father" the dragon have no power to overcome God's people without God's approval, to God's purpose (Job 1:6-12, 22, 2:1-6, 10).

          * "To wage war" - This is not only done through military power, but by every means available to Satan, i.e.: hostility, hatred, envy, jealousy, betrayal, etc.

The chief objects of the beast's wrath are the saints, "those who keep God's commands and hold fast to their testimony about Jesus" (Vs. 12:7).

The primary purpose of the beast is to turn men away from Christ through intense persecution and eventual martyrdom.

He cannot succeed if we will live this:

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

(Rev. 12:11)

Later in his vision, John saw before the throne of God "those who had been victorious over the beast and its image..." (Rev. 15:2)

          * "...to conquer them..." - This is only physical death, he will not succeed in stealing the saint’s loyalty to Christ, and their eternal life in Him.

"...it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation."

          * "Every" - Means all.

At no time in history has any tyrannical empire had complete control and authority over every single person or nation.

This has always been every tyrant’s desire and purpose.  In the Antichrists reign, it will be allowed for God's sovereign purpose.

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All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

Revelation 13:8

Simply, all will worship the beast and the dragon except the saints whose names are written in the "Lamb's book of life:"

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.

(Dan. 12:1)

The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before My Father and His angels.

(Rev. 3:5)

"REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE RECORDED IN HEAVEN."

(Lk. 10:20)

In these last days, no one will be exempt from worshiping the beast and dragon except Christian's who will pay for their loyalty to Christ with their lives.

Christ, Himself, insists that every disciple must be willing to “take up his cross," i.e.:  Follow Christ to death:

Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me." 

(Mk. 8:34)

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Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Revelation 13:9

Christ spoke this admonition to every believer in the "seven churches" of Asia Minor (Rev. 2, 3).

The admonition is for us to completely understand who "the beast" (Antichrist) is, and his ultimate purpose.,

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“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

Revelation 13:10

This is nothing new, God’s people, Judah, faced the same end.

And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says: “‘Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.’

(Jer. 15:2)

The first part of this verse speaks to the inevitability and God's sovereign purpose for His saints. To bring Him glory by our witness and faith in Him that comes from trust in our resurrection unto eternal life.

"This calls for the patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God's people."

Hebrews 11:1, 13-16

Conclusion

How can we patiently endure the coming persecution of the saints?

Through our "faithfulness," understanding that we are God's saints, nothing can befall us that He has not ordained for His glory and our good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

(Rms. 8:28)

And His greatest glory is our faithful endurance, our witness that allows us to be "overcomers!"

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

(Rev. 12:11)

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