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The Beast out of the Sea!

Scripture reading for December 17th:  Revelation 13

The spiritual conflict between the dragon who tried to devour the “male child” of the woman of Revelation 12 now spreads to the offspring of those who “obey God’s commands and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”   John now saw the dragon standing on the shore of the sea.

“And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.  He had ten horns and seven heads, and ten crowns on his horns, and on each head, a blasphemous name.  The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.  The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.  One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed.  The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.”  (Revelation 13:1-3)

This beast was a mixture of the beasts  seen by Daniel in Daniel 7.  But this beast came out of the sea, which according to Revelation 17:15, are the peoples, nations and languages of the earth.  Empowering this beast was the dragon, Satan, who deceived the nations into following the beast through a miraculous healing of the apparently fatal wound of one of the beast’s heads.  Satan loves counterfeiting Jesus.  The beast is given authority for forty-two months–three and a half years,  and he blasphemes God and those who live in heaven and is allowed power over the saints and nations.  (Revelation 13:6-7)  “This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.”  (Revelation 13:10)  The saints will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ!  (Revelation 12:11)  This time of the seventh trumpet is a time of testing for God’s people who are left on earth.

 

 

 

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The mark of the beast!

Scripture reading for December 22nd: Revelation 13:1-18

John describes two beasts who make war on the saints during the time of the great tribulation.  The first beast comes out of the sea.  This beast has seven heads and ten horns.  Each head has a blasphemous name written on it and each horn had a crown.  The dragon had given his power to this beast and the whole world was astonished and followed this beast and worshiped him. (Revelation 13:1-4)  The sea often talks about the peoples of the earth.

This beast was given authority for forty two months–three and a half years.  This beast was proud and uttered blasphemies against God and made war with the saints and conquered them.  He had authority over every tribe, language, people and nation and all the earth worshiped this beast except for those whose names were written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain!  (Revelation 13:5-8)  This was written to warn the saints on earth at this time to patiently endure in spite of the war against them.

The second beast came out of the earth.  This beast had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like the dragon.  He was under the dragon’s control and made the people of earth worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.  This beast also performed great signs and wonders and deceived the people of earth.  He also forced everyone on earth to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead.  Without this mark, no one could do business.   “This calls for wisdom.  If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is a man’s number.  His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18)

Much has been written and discussed over the years about this beast and his name and number.  Many people have speculated about who this beast might be or where he will come from.  Some think that we are very close today and that this mark will be some kind of computer chip implanted under the skin of the right hand or forehead.  The main emphasis of this passage is to warn those who believe to use wisdom and stay faithful to God.  God will protect His people and provide for them during this time.  God’s people are sealed with the Holy Spirit and protected by His blood!  They will overcome by standing firm in God!

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