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The Power of the Beast

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Revelation 13:1-10
Revelation 13:1–10 NKJV
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Why this is important

Even though the events in this passage are future events...
If I can become more familiar with Satan’s attack strategies in general
I can become better prepared to recognize his attack against me when it comes

1. The Source of the Beast’s Power

Dragon—Satan

V.2
Gave to the beast
His power
His throne
His authority
Does not diminish the level of his power
It will be significant
But when you remember the source of his power
And you remember that his power is permitted, with boundaries and limits, by the One who is All-Powerful
That can take the fear and terror level down significantly

2. The Display of the Beast’s Power

V.3

Suffers a fatal wound

Fatal wound is healed
In other words
He is killed
He comes to life again
Worldwide event
V.4
all the world marvels
all the world follows the beast

Something to keep in mind

While this is a real event
And this person will die and come back to life
Hold onto that thought:
“Wait, didn’t Jesus do that first?”
So keeping in mind that the source of the beast’s power is the dragon
Then it would follow that the dragon is instrumental in this person’s resurrection
Yet one more example of Satan’s limitations
He cannot create
He cannot bring into existence something new when there are no ingredients
He can only copy
He can only duplicate
He can only mimic
While he can raise a person from the dead, what he cannot do
Is raise a person from the dead through whom everlasting life could result

3. The Results of the Beast’s Power

V.4

World worships the dragon

Consistent with Satan’s original rebellion
Isaiah 14:12–14 NKJV
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
So it would follow that Satan would work to have the world worship him
Vv.4,8

World worships the beast

The trending quotes
V.4
“Who is like the beast?”
“Who is able to make war with him?”
Both rhetorical questions
Expecting a negative answer
Who will be included in the “all the world?”
Those whose names not written in Book of Life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world
Is the phrase “from the foundation of the world” connected to “slain” or to “written”?
Answer: slain
Because of the structure of the sentence
Because Christ’s death transcends time to where it paid for the sins of all, from Adam to last man standing
Vv.5-6

Given authority

over every
Tribe
People
Language
Nation
One World Ruler
Alluded to in Re 6:2 “And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”

Blasphemes God

Aorist active infinitive
βλασφημέω
“to speak against someone in such a way as to harm or injure his or her reputation”
One way in which βλασφημέω and βλασφημίαa were used in speaking of ‘defaming God’ was by claiming some kind of equality with God.
Any such statement was regarded by the Jews of biblical times as being harmful and injurious to the nature of God.
His name
His dwelling
Those who dwell in heaven
Culminates in Da 9:27; 12:11; Mt 24:15
Beast/Man of sin will enter the Most Holy Place
Establish that he is the god that the world must worship
Beast then turns and wages war against anyone who would still worship the true God
V.5
Period of 42 months
3 ½ years
Great Tribulation
V.7
Given permission to wage war against saints
Prevails over them

Now What?

The Caveat to the beast’s actions

Vv.9-10
If anyone has ear, let him hear
Compare with Re 2-3
“…what the Spirit says to the churches”
V.9 omits
Indicates the church is gone
Much broader warning
If anyone is for capturing someone else
He will be thrown into captivity
If anyone kills with the sword
He will be killed with the sword
Where this will be fulfilled
At Armageddon
At the Lord’s Glorious Appearing
Revelation 19:11–20 NKJV
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

What this means

Even when it looks like defeat is imminent, it is not
Reason:
Battle is already won
We are hyper-conquerors
Romans 8:37 NKJV
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

What is your response to this?

Belong to this victorious King
Believe in Jesus for everlasting life
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Renew your passion for following the Sovereign King Jesus
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