| CHAPTER THIRTEEN
As in the previous Chapter, we see John taking us back to the time before the Rapture took place, filling in the details previously omitted. This review is from Chapter 12 to Chapter 14:4 where he picks up where he left off at the Rapture of the church.
[AS] I stood on the sandy beach, I saw a beast coming up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads. On his horns he had ten royal crowns (diadems) and blasphemous titles (names) on his heads.
The beast coming out of the sea is the anti-Christ. Any time the sea is mentioned it is referring to many people or nations which is the case in this passage. If the anti-Christ were a Gentile the Jewish people would never accept him as their Messiah, therefore he must have at least a foundation of Jewish blood in him. He could be a Jew or a descendent of Ishmael, which was the child of Abraham and Hagar (Gen 21). Ishmael fathered the Arab nations, which is why there has always been animosity between them and the Jewish people.
The seven heads is the total authority of this ten-nation government, which is where the crowns come in. This final government is the European Union, which is the revived Roman Empire. This new world government will be under the control of the anti-Christ, which he will use against the Jew’s and Christians alike.
This beast looked like a leopard, but it had the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion! And the dragon gave the beast his own power and throne and great authority.
This scripture is describing the anti-Christ. He looked like a leopard meaning he will be blood thirsty, swift to attack. His feel being as a bear shoes us he will be unstoppable as he crushes/destroys his enemies mercilessly. His mouth of a lion is saying he was destined to rule and devour his enemies. The dragon is Satan who gives him the power and mega authority to do great miracles.
As you will observe through these scriptures following, Satan has had poession of previous leaders which pointed to this coming empire the anti-Christ will reign over.
Earlier, during the first year of King Belshazzar’s reign in Babylon, Daniel had a dream and saw visions as he lay in his bed. He wrote down the dream, and this is what he saw. 2) In my vision that night, I, Daniel, saw a great storm churning the surface of a great sea, with strong winds blowing from every direction. 3) Then four huge beasts came up out of the water, each different from the others.
These are the four major "empires", pointing us toward the anti-Christ which is the dream Nebuchadnezzar had in Daniel chapter 2.
The first beast was like a lion with eagles’ wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off, and it was left standing with its two hind feet on the ground, like a human being. And it was given a human mind.
The lion is a symbol of royal power which was the Neo-Babylonian empire. This is showing us the speed and vigor of Nebuchadnezzars conquests. As well as the possession of this man of predition by Satan himself.
Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, “Get up! Devour the flesh of many people!”
This second beast was the Medo-Persian empire. The three ribs may represent it's conquest over Babylon, Lydia, and Egypt. The anti-Christ will be a cruel man, out for one thing, to be God, while killing all of God's people. The mouth of the lion shows him as having speed and power, both physical and intellectual superioity in his conquests.
Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast.
This is the Grecian empire of Alexander the Great. The four heads were Alexander's generals, his successors when he died. This passage not only shows us Alexander the Great was guided and controled buy Satan, but how the antii-Christ will have this same power and ferocity.
Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns.
While this could be describing the results of a bear attack the ten horns in this passage is speaking of the “Old Roman Empire”. This new Roman Empire, which again is the EU, will have the same effect on its enemies when the anti-Christ rules it.
As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.
This little horn is the anti-Christ. His horn is symbolic for ruling and power. He will have great power of speech. This man will be very charismatic in fact; he will have hypnotic powers in his speech, to all except those following the Lord.
Daniel gives the interpretation of the vision here:
I, Daniel, was troubled by all I had seen, and my visions terrified me. 16) So I approached one of those standing beside the throne and asked him what it all meant. He explained it to me like this: 17) “These four huge beasts represent four kingdoms that will arise from the earth. 18) But in the end, the holy people of the Most High will be given the kingdom, and they will rule forever and ever.” 19) Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, the one so different from the others and so terrifying. It had devoured and crushed its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws, trampling their remains beneath its feet. 20) I also asked about the ten horns on the fourth beast’s head and the little horn that came up afterward and destroyed three of the other horns. This horn had seemed greater than the others, and it had human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly. 21) As I watched, this horn was waging war against God’s holy people and was defeating them, 22) until the Ancient One—the Most High—came and judged in favor of his holy people. Then the time arrived for the holy people to take over the kingdom.
23) Then he said to me, “This fourth beast is the fourth world power that will rule the earth. It will be different from all the others. It will devour the whole world, trampling and crushing everything in its path. 24) Its ten horns are ten kings who will rule that empire. Then another king will arise, different from the other ten, who will subdue three of them.
25) He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time. 26) “But then the court will pass judgment, and all his power will be taken away and completely destroyed. 27) Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will last forever, and all rulers will serve and obey him.” 28) That was the end of the vision. I, Daniel, was terrified by my thoughts and my face was pale with fear, but I kept these things to myself.
Glory to God the reign of the anti-Christ will only last for years and then Jesus sets up His Kingdom here on Earth. What a glorious time that will be.
I saw that one of the heads of the beast seemed wounded beyond recovery—but the fatal wound was healed! The whole world marveled at this miracle and gave allegiance to the beast. 4) They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they also worshiped the beast. “Who is as great as the beast?” they exclaimed. “Who is able to fight against him?”
The anti-Christ receives a fatal head wound, but the Lord allows Satan to bring him back to life. This is a major reason so many humans are deceived by the false prophet. At this time Satan will take complete possession of the anti-Christ. This healing of the anti-Christ is a major miracle. However, it will be one of many. Pentecostals are notorious for running after the gifts. For some reason they think a person with gifts is very mature and wise. This is a real FALSE, foolish belief.
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16) You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17)A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18) A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19) So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20) Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22) On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23) But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God. And he was given authority to do whatever he wanted for forty-two months. 6) And he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and his dwelling—that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7) He was further permitted to wage war on God's holy people (the saints) and to overcome them. And power was given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation,
There will be many martyrs during this time, for 3 and 1/2 years the saints will be hunted down. Satan knows his time is limited. Many saints will be murdered during this time. It will be literally hell loosed on earth.
And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life before the world was made—the Book that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered.
He who has an ear, let him hear. 10) If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.
GOD'S PEOPLE ARE CALLED TO KEEP FAITH IN GOD! AS WELL AS TO BE PATIENT, KNOWING THE LORD IS DOING A WORK.
As children of God, we need to study the Word and stay in an attitude of prayer. We learn from our trials drawing us closer to the Lord. If we don't know the Bible we won't make it.. so study and get God's word in you.
Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12) He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
This beast is the false prophet, that will lead the world to worship the anti-Christ as the Messiah. He will be able to do many miracles, deceiving many. Those Christians which follow the gifts as so many do, will be deceived, thinking this is a man of God. The two horns is power. He will try to pass himself off as having the fruit, of love and gentleness, which is fasle. This man is very evil.
He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching. 14) And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all the people who belong to this world. He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life.
Back in verse 3 the anti-Christ will receive a fatal wound. God allows Satan to bring him back to life... imitating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. NOTE the ones deceived are the ones belonging to this world.. not the ones belonging to the Lord and His world, which is us!
It is imperative that we not follow the gifts, but rather the giver. Too many in our churches think a person using the gifts must a spiritual giant. I have seen those not walking in the Lord operating in false gifts, under false anointings. It's far more important to have possession of the fruit of the spirit then the gifts. Gifts have been given to edify the church, they are good to have, but keep this all in line with the Word of God.
1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2) Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." Selah 3) But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4) To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah 5) I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6) I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. 7) Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8) From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6) in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
We must be teachable, moldable. As we trust the Lord He will guide and direct our paths.
He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die. 16) He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. 17) And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.
The image of the beast could be anyone of a few things: A hologram, a statue or even a computer for example, ony time will tell. The anti-Christ will seek to gain control of the world by having everyone receive his mark on their hand or forehead. It's very likey this will be a microchip about the size of a grain of rice. A chip is now being placed in animals and there is talk of it being placed in alzheimer patients, so they can be returned to the nursing home they may wander from. These micro chips contain our medical information and all else they choose to add in it. This mark identifies those with it as followers of the anti-Christ. So there must be some sort of oath I would think, that goes along with it. But I would never consent to anything like this being put in me.
Those without this chip will not be able to buy or sell literally. Once a person receives this mark there will be no turning back, they are doomed for hell. Many of those refusing the mark will be hunted down and murdered. It amazes and saddens me how many Christians know nothing of this mark of the beast. How can we be aware if we aren't taught?
Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.
Many commentators believe the number six in the sciptures mean "man". The number three being the number for God. Therefore, the three six's  are for man trying to make himself God. Like the Roman Emperors and many before and after them, the anti-Christ believes he is literally God! Then when Satan takes him over, well, you know he wants nothing else like he wants to be God.
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