Busy attacking the Christian world as we discussed in chapter 12, I believe that this chapter 13 covers the Christian era we are in from Jesus to now and will go into the future. So we have the beast rising out of the sea with ten horns, seven heads and ten diadems as we discussed in chapter 12. It could be, the seven heads are nations such as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon , Medo-Persia, Greece , Rome and the seventh I believe deals with this Church era where no one is a complete kingdom of the earth, like we know Rome was, being the last to dominate the earth.. There is no nation that can be called universal. The United States of America is the most powerful on the earth as I pen these words 2009 yet it shares other nations which are powerful. 10 horns with their power given to the beast, could be in our Church era so somewhere in our time or in the future there can be ten nations that are dominated enough to be in a position to be given power to the beast. Now, we know diadems are crowns, if you like authority, power. In chapter 12 there were seven diadems, but here we see ten diadems so here in chapter 13 there could be as discussed earlier ten horns ten nations and here in chapter 13 they give their authority to the beast. Ten horns, or as we believe ten nations in the Christian era can be correct, because no one nation dominates, but we can see in our time, nations who are becoming powerful, so we can say, ten nations in our Christian era give their power to the nation which ten diadems suggest. The interesting question is, who the ten nations will be. Could be China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, that just leaves another five nations to find. We do not know, where the power bases will be in the future. It is possible for ten nations to rise up and give their power to the beast in the future. Notice how these nations are blasphemous towards God.
With the beast was like a leopard, speed agility, its feet like a bears, strong, and mouth was like a lions mouth, ripping ability to tear to pieces. So the heads, horns, diadems likened to the beast rising out of the sea and the dragon, Satan gave his power, his throne and great authority to the beast. As we read earlier, the beast are the nations we are discussing. One of the heads had a mortal wound but was healed. This could one of the nations was severely wounded, mortal as though it was dead, but the mortal wound was healed. This could be a picture of the future where the ten nations rise up, Satan gives them power but one nation something happens, a disaster of some kind, but that nation is healed. So powerful are the nations that the whole earth followed the beast (The beast feeding itself building up getting stronger, looking at itself in wonder and awe). That fits in with ten of the nations are powerful and the rest of the earth, other nations give homage to the ten nations. (The make up of the ten nations could be different to what we might think in the future, but we do know they are nations who hate God, our God.). The whole world is in awe saying “Who is like the beast.” Now in verses 5-10 we see here the ten horns went out of control being haughty and blasphemous for about three and half years attention here being haughty and blasphemous to those in heaven, that is directed to God's place.
That would suit Satan, the dragon, because he had nations attacking God and they were allowed to attack the saints and to conquer them. That means the ten nations had the upper hand with God's people. I guess they would have started persecuting God's people. It appears the ten nations had control over every nation on the earth (those not part of the ten nations) and the people on the earth submitted to the beast (ten nations) all those who had not been written in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain. Simply put, that means the whole world was under the beast (ten nations) and people worshiped it (them) except God's people, because their names were written in the book of life.
In verses 9-10 we have a hint that this time is going to be horrendous a time of extreme unrest and persecution because we are told “If any one has an ear, let him hear” and we read here the same words as in Jeremiah 15 :2 Israelite people did not know what to do, because Jerusalem was about to fall and people were calling to God but God said these words we read next in Revelation 13 : 10. “If any one is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes: if any one slays with the sword with the sword must he been slain. Finished saying “Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints
So we can clearly deduce, there is a time coming when the whole world will be controlled by the beast (10 nations) who had their power from Satan the Serpent. You can imagine, Satan would have seduced the ten nations, that peace would be everywhere once they were in control. But Satan is a liar, so you can imagine the world will be going through a period of severe persecution against the Christians, and as the text tell us, the saints are conquered. Probably, the Christians will be suppressed, oppressed, but most still fighting for Jesus Christ. and I am sure there will be other nations who will be attacking the beast (even though they are not Christian), not being fully under the control of the beast.. But here the Christians are conquered, maybe conquered where some would recant and deny Jesus Christ, but as it has happened in the past, true Christians whose name is written in the book of life will conquer in death, rather then deny their faith.
Right now as we stay immersed in verses 9-10 we are in the midst of a terrible time for the earth and for the saints, but it appears that a saviour began to rise in this turmoil, the verses 11-18 a beast rose from the earth it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. Having a like of the lamb these two nations or people who arose appeared to be harmless like a lamb, maybe like a wolf dressed like a lamb to deceive people. These two nations has immense power like the first beast so great are their signs, miracles , it appeared they were even making fire come down from heaven to the earth in the sight of men. It may not a literal fire coming down but the effect the beast over men is such that to people it was as if fire was coming from God. It could also be that the beast made people think God was causing things to happen. Maybe fire can be anger more then the usual purification we know in the Bible. And it was as though the beast could speak such, was the effect of the beast. It could be that this beast had given an appeared peace on the earth so it appears as though some divine intervention in mankind so that people are tricked to pay homage to a people, nation, maybe similar to what the Israelites were supposed to be, a nation of priests. So they give homage and there is a sting because God's people the same as the first beast written in the book of life refuse to pay homage to the second beast so they are killed. A time of delusion for a people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave to be marked on the right hand or the forehead. Once again this marking is not an actual mark on the hand. 1 the fact that they decide the beast , nation or people is valid and doing wonderful things people turn their minds towards the beast giving allegiance to the beast. And the beast is in a position that the Christian people are persecuted and killed and the Christian people are unable to buy or sell unless they had the mark of the beast.2
Previously we said people could not buy or sell unless they had the mark of the beast. Their name or number was to be on right hand or the forehead. There is a mystery with verse 18 of chapter 13 the name of the beast or number. No one can agree what the number means 666
We are now up to chapter 13 of
Revelation and you will note that most of the thirteen chapters we
can understand their meanings. Of course others may disagree with
the interpretation of some of the material but that is life. Now we
will move into chapter 14 and we see a great event on Mount Zion
stood the Lamb, son of man, with him a hundred and forty-four
thousand who had his name and his Fathers name on their foreheads.
The scene we see, a great number of Christians the number is immense
because in chapter 7 where twelve tribes of Israel total twelve
thousand from each tribe numbering to one hundred and forty-five
thousand represents the total of Christians who........
1 We can say that because in chapter 7 : 3 the angels are told not to harm the earth and the sea till they had put the seal on the foreheads of God's people
2 I go back in history and when the Catholic Catholic Church was exerting power over people, people had to go to mass, get a certificate proving they had been to mass and if they did not have the certificate they could not work.
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