The Beast from the Sea

Pliny, governor of Bothnia, wrote Trajan the Emperor regarding how he flushed out Christians in his area: “I gave these men a chance to worship the gods of Rome, offer sacrifice to the image of the Emperor, and finally to curse the name of Christ,” adding, “none of … More

Blasphemy

Chapter 13 gives much insight into what will take place during the last three and one half hears of the Tribulation. A study of Daniel 7; 9 and 11 will be very helpful to the understanding of this vital chapter. It will be a time of one world government and one world religion with one economic system. Those who resist the one world ruler and refuse to worship him will run the risk of being put to death. In fact the martyrs may outnumber the believers who survive this time. This chapter introduces the two main characters of Revelation: the beast and the false prophet. In today’s Scripture we learn what this beast is like and how he will use his power.

  1. The Beast (vv. 1-10)

a. Comes from the sea indicating he is a Gentile representing many nations (v. 1).

b. Will be the political ruler over 10 nations (Possibly Common Market Nations) (v. 1).

c. Appears to gather three proceeding empires - Greece (a leopard - Dan 7:6), Medo Persia (a bear - Dan 7:5), and Babylon (a lion - Dan 7:4) under his power (v. 2).

d. The seven heads of the beast seems to represent important rulers, one of which suffered   a fatal wound and was miraculously healed by Satan himself (v. 3).

e. Because of his supernatural character he is worshiped (v. 4).

f. Was a blasphemer against God (vv. 5-6).

g. As a worldwide ruler he extends his authority over every tribe, people, and nation (vv. 7-9).

h. Leads many into captivity and kills them with the sword) (v. 10).

Application

Who have been some of the beasts or idols in my life. By that I mean people, forces, institutions, etc. that have tested my allegiance to Christ?

Revelation 13:1-10 (English Standard Version)

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?" And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear: If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

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