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    Revelation Chapter 13

     

     
    Rev. 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.


    The Beast From The Sea


    The dragon, Satan, will stand on the shore of the masses of humanity in the last days. The beast,
    the Antichrist, will rise up out of this sea of wickedness that will reign when the Church is gone.
    The ten horns are ten rulers who will reign with the Antichrist curing the Tribulation Period. The seven heads
    have a double meaning:

    1.) they are seven world government

    2.) they are seven hills where the world religion will be located for a short time during the Tribulation Period.
    The ten crowns are the ten divisions of the last world government. It will be divided into ten divisions with each
    division having its own ruler and set of false religions.

    According to the Bible, mankind will go through seven heads - the heads of seven world kingdoms or seven world
    governments. Each of the seven heads will have a blasphemous name, because all seven world governments and their
    wickedness. The seventh head (seventh world government) will be run by the Antichrist. His world government
    will be subdivided into ten crowns then major divisions) with each division having its own wicked rule.


    Seven Heads / Hills = (seven world governments) -- Ten Horns / Crowns = (ten divisions)

    1.) Assyrian

    2.) Egyptian

    3.) Babylonian

    4.) Medo - Persian

    5.) Greek

    6.) Roman

    7.) Revised Roman Empire, (run by the Antichrist which will have the ten divisions.


    Warning----> The prophet Daniel teaches that the Antichrist will come up among the ten horns
    and uproot three of them (Daniel 7:7, 8, 23-25). There is some debate as to whether the
    Antichrist arises while the ten are in power. I personally do not think he is one of the ten. I think he rises while
    they are in power. He takes over the power of one, then a second, a third, and finally the remaining seven give him their
    power. He is then the head of the world government which stated with ten divisions and was whittled down to seven.

    I wish I could say what happens to America, but I only be speculating. All that can be said is that Europe is going
    to replace America as the dominant power in the world.

     



    Rev. 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.


    Three Groups


    The word "beast" can represent either the Antichrist or his world government. In this verse, it represents his world
    government. This government will begin as a mixture of three groups of nations.

    The Antichrist will have complete control of these groups at the beginning of his reign. He and the group known as the
    leopard will act as one body on all critical issues (Israel, Jesus, believers, ect.). He and the bear group
    will stand for the same things while the lion group will parrot the Antichrist. The Antichrist's final
    world government will begin as a composite world government. At the start, three groups of nations will give the
    Antichrist his strongest support, but eventually his control will encompass the whole world.


    In my opinion the interpretation of this beast is as follows:


    1.) Resembled a leopard refers to a future Arab coalition. The Antichrist and a group of Arab nations will act as one
    body. Leopards are native to Africa, and have been used at various times as a symbol of African nationality.

    2.) Feet like those of a bear refers to Russia and her allies. The Antichrist will be supported by what is left
    of the Russian Empire the Russian Bear following the first Russian invasion of Israel

    3.) a mouth like a lion refers to England and those nations established out of England. The symbol of England is the lion.
    The Antichrist, England, and those nations coming out of England will speak with the same voice. They will parrot
    or mimic each other.


    His power, office, and authority will come from Satan. Jesus was the incarnation of God in the World. The Antichriat
    will be the incarnation of Satan. Whoever he is and whatever he does comes from the pits of hell.

     



    Rev. 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.


    Up From The Dead


    Remember that the heads represent seven world governments. Also understand that the Bible speaks of the Antichrist
    and his world government interchangeably. The Antichrist will be given so much power that he will be the world
    government and the world government will be the Antichrist.

    This verse tells us that one of the seven heads will seem to have a fatal wound. Other verses of Scripture tell us which
    head it is and how it will be wounded. The wounded head will be the Antichrist. He will appear to be fatally wounded
    with a sword. But something amazing will happen. His seemingly fatal wound will be healed. It will appear
    that the has been killed with a sword and miraculously raised from the dead. Obviously, this is another attempt to copy
    Jesus and make the world believe the Antichrist can do anything Christ can do.

     



    Rev. 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?


    How Can They Be So Blind


    This will be a pivotal moment for Satan and his Antichrist. Every unbeliever in the world will be amazed. They will
    believe they have a new superhero. They will encouraged to exalt him even higher, to follow him even more. At this
    point, they will be willing to go to war with him, to walk through fire with him, to do whatever he bids.

    Satan has always wanted to be worshiped. His pride has been the root of all his problems and what caused removal
    from heaven in the beginning. This resurrection of the Antichrist will boost Satan's stock and make Satanic worship the
    worldwide rage. It will dominate the one-world religion. Such blasphemy is hard to imagine, but the occult
    will be in charge of this blind and corrupt world.

    The Antichrist will also desire to be worshiped. Satan will have no problem with that since the Antichrist will receive
    his power from Satan. Those who worship the Antichrist will actually be worshiping Satan.

    This adoration will lead to question, "Who is like the Antichrist?" and "Who can defeat him?" They will
    recall his meteoric rise to power, his great victories in other wars, his overwhelming personality, and of course,
    his miraculous healing. They will believe this man is invincible. Even the rulers of the other divisions of the
    world will be impressed and will turn their authority over to him.


    Jesus said, if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit (Matthew 15:14).

     

     

     



    Rev. 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.


    Half Way There


    The search for a charismatic world leader will be over. This man will know it all, and his heart will be filled with pride.
    He will boast of his great achievements, power, and world government. He will make long spell-binding speeches filled
    with passion and the vilest of blasphemies
    .

    The Tribulation Period will last seven years being divided into two, three and a half year periods. When this miraculous
    healing occurs, the end of the Tribulation Period will be exactly forty-two months away. It will take place about the time
    the Antichrist sits in the Temple and declares that he is God.

     


     

    Rev. 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.


    Watch Out If You Are For God


    Four kinds of blasphemy that will come from the Antichrist:

    1.) He will
    blaspheme God

    2.) He will slander the name of God.

    3.) He will slander those who live in heaven. He will slander tie dwelling place of God
    the Church.

    4.) He will slander those who live in heaven. He will be anti-God, anti-Church, anti-semetic,
    anti-anything that has to do with God the Father. The mere mention of things like Jesus, the cross, and redemption
    will send him into a rage.

     



    Rev. 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.


    Bow Down Or Die


    The Tribulation Saints will face the most intense persecution the world has ever known. In the short-term, their future
    will be bleak, but in the long-term, their future will be bright.

    Satan will give the Antichrist power to conquer all who turn to God. He will go forth with a vengeance to wipe out all
    Christians. Multitudes will be slaughtered in his effort to establish a one-world Satanic religion. No place on earth
    will be safe. The Antichrist will extend his domain to include every tribe, people, and nation on earth. Everyone
    must submit to him or be killed.


    Remember This ---->A parallel of the Antichrist can be found in the Book of ( Daniel 3:1-30) .


    As the head of a world kingdom, King Nebuchadnezzar was like the Antichrist in at least two ways:

    1.) he was given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation

    2.) he built a great image and ordered people to worship it.

    People from all over the world obeyed the command except the three Jews - Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego. Nebuchadnezzar
    was furious and ordered them thrown into a fiery furnace unless they changed their mind. They did not know whether or not
    God would deliver them and they preferred death over worshiping the image so they refused again. The angry king had them
    cast into the blazing furnace, but God protected them and they came out unharmed.

     



    Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.


    One Willing To Die For The Godly, The Other Willing To Kill The Godly


    It is difficult to imagine a world filled with Satan worshipers, but that is the way it will be. The only ones who will not
    worship the Antichrist will be those whose names have been written in the Book Of Life. This is one of the few
    bright spots in this chapter. There are some who cannot be separated from the love of Jesus. Satan can rage,
    but God is still in control.

    The Book of Life belongs to the Lamb that was slain. He is omniscent (all-knowing). He knows who will worship the
    Antichrist and who will not. He has already entered the names of those who will not fall in his book. Before the world
    was created, he planned to die for them. What a difference between the Christ and the Antichrist - one willing to die
    for the godly, the other willing to kill the godly.

     



    Rev. 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.


    Open Your Ears And Hear!!!


    Everyone has ears and everyone should listen to the things from our all-knowing God. No one has to go through the
    Tribulation Period. God loves everyone. He is warning everyone. Will anyone commit his/her life to Jesus before it is
    too late to leave in the (Rapture).

     


     

    Rev. 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

    Believe, Trust, and Look

    In my opinion, there is a double meaning here. If a Tribulation Saint kills someone, even in self-defense, he will be killed in a similar manner. If an unbeliever kills a Tribulation Saint, he will be killed in a similar manner. Sin will have its own reward. This is the way it was in Old Testament days. It is commonly called an eye for an eye and too the for a tooth. The New Testament says it like this, a man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7). If you sow corn, you get corn, and if you sow wheat you get wheat. During the Tribulation Period, if you kill, you will be killed.
    This will require patience and faith. It will be the only way to stand up under the terrible persecution of the Tribulation Period. Believe in God, Trust in Jesus, and Look to the time when you will live again. Leave revenge to the Almighty.
    The world seems to be going in a circle. In the Old Testament a person who killed someone was put to death. That worked quite well in Israel for several hundred years. It taught people to value human life, and there were few murders. America was founded on tough Bible - based laws and there were relatively few violent crimes, but things have changed in this century. Now murderers usually serve less than seven years with the average sentence being about 20 months. This leniency will not last, though, because God is going to do what society will not - kill those who kill others.

     



    Rev. 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.


    The Beast From The Earth


    John saw a second beast (the False Prophet). The first beast will come out of the sea, but this beast will come
    from the earth. The sea is a symbol of the masses of humanity while the earth is a symbol of the land of Israel.

    It is important to remember that the focus of the world will be mainly upon two places during the Tribulation. One
    pivotal location point will be the revived Roman Empire. (See Revelation 6, 17, and 18)
    with its one-world government. the other will be the land of Israel with its Jewish religion, Temple, 144,000 sealed
    Jews, and two witnesses.

    The first beast will have ten horns. The second will have two. Lambs do not have horns, so except for his two horns,
    the second beast will look like a lamb. This suggest that he will try to imitate the Lamb of God, but he will be
    a wolf-in-sheep's clothing.

    The first beast will get his power from the dragon. The second will speak like a dragon. He will do a lot of talking
    about loving, accepting, diversity, gender equality, etc. He will condemn racism, sexism, poverty, and all forms of
    discrimination. Underneath, though, he will be a slithering monster.


    One of the big words today is rights: civil rights, human rights, children's rights, gay rights, etc. Our modern society
    is overdosing on inclusiveness. We are told to accept same sex marriages for our adults and homosexuals as our pastors.
    Almost anything goes - except Christianity. When Christians say this inclusiveness is wrong, according to the Bible,
    they are told that is unacceptable. Many times it is also considered unacceptable when Christians want to read their
    Bibles in school, pray in school, set up religious displays in the city park, or even post the Ten Commandments in the
    courtroom.

     



    Rev. 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.


    Words Sweeter Than Honey


    The second beast, the False Prophet, will hold as much authority as the first beast, the Antichrist. He will be the
    third member of the Satanic trinity, but he will not use his great authority to exalt himself. he will use it to exalt
    the Antichrist.

    His deeds will betray his sweet-sounding words. Instead of loving and accepting everyone, he will try to change
    everyone's beliefs. He will attempt to merge religion and politics by promoting a world religion and world government.
    He will order everyone to worship the Antichrist and will not hesitate to use force.

    Whose fatal wound had been healed refers back to (Revelation 13:3).
    It reveals that the False Prophet will claim to be a healer and miracle worker. He will be what Jesus said,
    For false Christs and false prophets will appear and preform great signs and miracles to
    deceive even the elect...
    (Matthew 24:24).

     



    Rev. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,


    Rev. 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.


    The Image Of The Beast - How Vain Can We Get


    In the Old Testament Book of Genesis, God had Moses cast his rod down before Pharaoh and it turned into a serpent.
    Then Pharaoh's magicians did the same thing with their rods. And in the Book of Job, Satan sent fire from heaven
    to destroy Job's sheep, and the people thought it was with work of God. Satan can perform what appears to be miraculous
    signs and wonders. The Apostle Paul tells us, The coming of the lowless one will be in accordance
    with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that
    deceives those who are perishing
    (II Thessalonians 2:9,10).

    One of the most impressive signs the False Prophet will perform is that is that of causing fire to fall from heaven before
    a great multitude. This in itself will not prove he is from God, but yet many will believe he is. He will order his
    followers to honor the Antichrist by setting up an image or a statue of the first beast. They will gladly do what he
    commands. When they do, emphasis will be placed on the Antichrist's wound and what appears to be a miraculous healing
    and resurrection.

    The image of the first beast, the Antichrist, will be built in the Temple as the mid-point of the Tribulation Period.
    Jesus said, So when you see standing in the holy place "the abomination that causes desolation"
    spoken of through the prophet Daniel - let the reader understand - then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains

    (Matthew 24:15,16). Jesus was undoubtedly referring to the Holy Place in the Temple that
    will be rebuilt before the mid-point of the Tribulation Period arrives.

     



    Rev. 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.


    It Speaks


    The False Prophet will be given the power to impart breath to the image of the Antichrist. When he does, the image will
    appear to come to life. This will be a reminder that the Antichrist was once dead but is alive again. How the False
    Prophet will accomplish this is a matter of speculation, but there is no doubt that it will be an incredible event;
    one that will catch the world's attention.

    After the image begins breathing, it woo also speak. Whether that will be an act of ventriloquism, demonic, possession,
    computers, or something else is left unsaid, but nevertheless, we know that it will be a convincing performance.

    The image will proclaim that all who refuse to worship it will die. Jesus warned of kind of persecution with he said,
    Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all
    nations because of me
    (II Timothy 3:1).

    The False Prophet sure doesn't sound like the lamb he first appeared as. He now sounds more like a satanically-inspired
    roaring lion. That's why he's called the False Prophet. He is a religious pretender who will not hesitate to break God's
    laws. The False Prophet will be reasonable for the unwarranted death of multitudes of Christians even though God said,
    You shall not murder me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form fo anything in heaven
    above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them

    (Exodus 20:3-5). Instead of putting the Bible to practice, the False Prophet will make
    every attempt possible to set it aside.

     



    Rev. 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:


    Rev. 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.


    The Mark Of The Beast


    In addition to building the Image of the Beast, the False Prophet will also mandate that everyone he given a mark known
    as the Mark of the Beast.

    People will be allowed to select one of two different places for the mark: Their right hand or their forehead. When Cain
    slew Abel, God put a mark on Cain to protect him. Since the days of Moses, pious Jews have worn small leather
    pouches called phylacteries on their left hand and on straps tied around their fore-head. The Phylacteries contain
    small pieces of parchment with important passages of Scripture written on them. When they wear them, they are smybolically
    placing the Word of God on their hand (with their arm bent it is over their heart) and on their forehead in front
    of their mind
    .

    In Revelation 7:2-4, we read about an angel of God that will mark 144,000 Jews on their
    foreheads. In Chapter 14, we will see that they have the names fo Jesus and the Father on their foreheads. Just as
    Christians are sealed by the Holy Spirit, so will the False Prophet seal his servants.

    No on will be exempt. Laws will be enacted to identify and punish those who do not support the world government. To
    have food and medicine will be a privilege. Those who cooperate will receive these privileges. those who refuse will
    be denied.

    Taking the Mark will be like buying a license to transact business. Merchants will need it to sell their goods. Those
    who want to visit a doctor or specialist will need it to get treatment. Control over the necessities of life amounts
    to control over people. With these in his grasp, the False Prophet will force people to worship the Image of the Beast.
    In this way, he will merge church and state.

    Many prophecy experts see the ultimate result of the Mark of the Beast as a "cashless society". Today the governments
    of the world want to eliminate coins and paper money so all transactions can be tracked electronically. In this way
    computers will have the ability to track all buying and selling.


    Remember This ----> Reasons for the Mark


    1.) To counterfeit the mark God will give the 144,000 Jews.

    2.) To extend favors to those who support the world government.

    3.) To identify and eliminate opposition to the world government.

    4.) To track and control commerce.

    5.) To force people to stop worshipping God.

    6.) To force people to worship the Antichrist.

    7.) To permanently tie people to the kingdom of the Antichrist.

     



    Rev. 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.


    666 - Not That Number Again


    The first thing we need to note is that this verse calls for wisdom. Many are so caught up trying to figure out who the
    Antichrist is, that they lose all sight of using andy wisdom. The Antichrist could not exist until after Israel
    became a nation (Which happened in 1948!!!!!) because he will sign a covenant with them, so obviously those
    who believed he was Hitler or Mussolini over looked this important detail. In my opinion, the Antichrist will rise to
    power in Europe because Daniel told of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans and the Antichrist will come out of
    those people
    . This is why he cannot be an American. Those who identified the American Secretary of State Henry
    Kissinger, overlooked this. The Antichrist will not be revealed until after the Rapture. Those who think they
    can identify him now are overlooking this. People eventually will be able to identify him in the future, but wisdom
    will be needed. All pieces of the puzzle will have to fall together.

    This verse tells us that those with insight who will want to identify the Antichrist after the Rapture can calculate his
    number. It is the number of a man, and it equals 666. Two things are important here: how to calculate the number, and
    why it is 666.

    To calculate the number one needs to know that things have changed since John wrote Revelation. The modern world
    has two sets of symbols - the alphabet and numbers. We use two systems. A letter is a letter, and a number is a number.
    But the ancient world did not do this; they used a single set of symbols to represent both letters and numbers.
    Such a system is called an alphanumeric system. Every number is a letter, and every letter is a number.

    In an alphanumeric system, every word has a numeric value, every sentence has a numeric value, every paragraph has a
    numeric value, etc. The same is true of every name. Every name has a numeric value. For Example, let A=100, b=101,
    c= 102 ect.. Now calculate the number for the name "Hitler." Here is another example, 6 is the mumber of man so let
    A = 1 x 6 or 6, B = 2 x 6 or 12, C = 3 x 6 or 18, ect. Now calculate the number of the name of Antichrist. It will be 666
    in somebody's alphanumeric system Hebrew, Greek, computer, etc.. Many scientists are now studying the mathematical
    structure of the Bible with computers. All of them are finding remarkable mathematical patterns. It is quite possible
    that someday someone will unlock this mystery with a computer by the time the Antichrist arrives.

    Concerning why the Antichrist's name will equal 666 is another matter of speculation. The most comon answer centers
    around the fact that 6 is the number of man, 7 is the number of God, 8 is the mumber of Jesus; man was created on
    the sixth day
    , the Creator rested on the seventh day, and the Redeemer of creation rose on the eigth day.
    These numbers in their tripicate are 666, 777, 888.