Revelation Chapter 13

November 21, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Revelation. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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In this chapter we see the unfolding of the unholy trinity. We have a false god, Satan, (the dragon) a false christ or messiah (the first beast) and a false prophet or holy spirit (the second beast).

We also see the heart of the enemy revealed. The evil one acts in hatred forcing people to surrender their freedom to him, while God always acts in love by giving people the freedom to choose to follow him or not.

Revelation 13:1-18 (NIV)
1 And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” 5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. 9 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. 11 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. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Verses 1-4:

The beast here is a symbolic term which is used in prophecy to symbolize either a person or a kingdom. In this case, the beast is referring to a person, the anti-christ, or false messiah.

Verses 5-7:

The anti-christ is given authority for 3 and ½ years which comes to end in the battle he loses in Revelation 19. During this time, God is still ultimately in control and all those who believe in Him are protected spiritually. The enemy cannot interfere with their eternal relationship with God.

Verses 8-9:

The book of life also called the Lamb’s book of life.

He who has an ear, let him hear. With all the mess that is coming at the end, the best thing for you is life in Jesus.

Verse 10:

Even if believing causes you to face persecution, it is still always the best choice. Even if in the temporal it is difficult, the eternal will make it all worth while.

Verses 11-15:

The second beast is the false prophet or false holy spirit type in the unholy trinity.

Verse 16-18:

The mark of the beast and 666.

When the Antichrist is revealed, it will be clear who he is and how the number 666 identifies him.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NIV)
3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

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