REVELATION – CHAPTER THIRTEEN…THE BEAST

THE  REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

GIVEN TO JOHN….

and John wrote:

“And I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten diadems, and on its heads names of blasphemy.
And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet as of a bear, and its mouth as a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave its power to it, and its throne, and great authority.
And I saw one of its heads, as having been slain to death, and its deadly wound was healed. And all the earth wondered after the beast.
And 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 it?
And a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given to it. And authority to act forty two months was given to it.
 And it opened its mouth in blasphemy toward God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those tabernacling in Heaven.
And it was given to it “to war with the saints, and to overcome them.” And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and nation. Dan. 7:21
And all those dwelling in the earth will worship it, those of whom the names had not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb having been slain from the foundation of the world.
If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
If anyone gathers captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone will kill by a sword, by a sword he must be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. And it had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon.
And it executes all the authority of the first beast before it. And it causes that the earth and those dwelling in it should worship the first beast, of which was healed its deadly wound.
And it does great signs, that it even causes fire to come down out of the heaven onto the earth before men.
And it deceives those dwelling on the earth, because of the signs which were given to it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth to make an image to the beast who has the wound of the sword, and lived.
And was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak, and might cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
And the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the freemen and the slaves, it causes that they give to them all a mark on their right hand, or on their foreheads,
even that not any could buy or sell, except the one having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name.
Here is wisdom: Let the one having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man and its number is six hundred and sixty six.” (Revelation 13:1-18)

The dragon spoken of above is the Devil. 

The first beast is the antichrist, and the ‘it’ or ‘its’, underlined, relate to this first beast. 

The second beast is the false prophet.

Some teach that this final ‘antichrist’ (beast) is localized and not all over the world.  Others teach that the time of the beasts’ rule is shortened and not 7 years.  Only God knows exactly how it will all work out.

What is most important is that we have the mark of the Lord God Almighty in our hearts and in our souls.  And His mark is the Word of God – Jesus Christ,  and the Holy Spirit of God, who gives us Life and breath.

The day is not far away when THE antichrist will appear publicly as the final world ruler.  He will come as the ‘saviour’ of the world with all his answers for man.  This man/beast is man’s choice of a saviour who will claim to save them from ALL their troubles.

In Israel’s early history when only the judges, or prophet of God (Samuel) ruled the people, Israel had become financially and materially prosperous.  And this condition God had warned previous generations about through Moses.

And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.  (Deuteronomy 6:10-15)

Solomon wrote hundreds of years later

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. (Proverbs 30:8,9)

Solomon, though he had a good beginning, was the king who led Israel into apostasy – spiritual adultery – unfaithfulness to the God.  Shortly after Solomon was inaugurated as king of Israel, God appeared to him and told him to ask for whatever was in his heart.  One of the things much on his heart was his great need to rule the people of God wisely and with understanding.

And so God gave Solomon great wisdom more than any other man had had and great understanding about many temporal things.  And because Solomon had not asked for personal things, God promised that he would have rishes in abundance more than any other king would ever have.  This sounds like a very nice and wonderful thing for Solomon, but God was actually going to test Solomon in the years ahead to see if his heart would be drawn away from pure devotion to God because of his amazing riches.

Jesus said centuries later that it is very hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Not impossible.  But very very hard.  And Solomon after many years of apostasy finally learnt this lesson.  And so we read in the 30th chapter of the book of Proverbs that he would rather have just enough and be faithful to God than have much wealth and forget God.

The elders of Israel long before demanded of Samuel that he anoint them a king just like all the other nations around them who had kings to rule over them.  These kings would eventually for the most part lead them away consistently from God’s wise and perfect ways.  And God gave them what they craved.

And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.  (1 Kings 8:1-10).

Saul is a type of the final antichrist.  He starts off pleasantly enough and looks good to all the people, charming, elouent, handsome, gifted.  But he becomes a monster who is terrorized by and evil spirit and persecutes the righteous and humble David who is anointed by Samuel to replace Saul after so many years.

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This man/beast  will seduce the world with his charm and suberterfuge – stealth.  He will be handsome and have all the answers.  This beast will claim to be the only hope for mankind.  The only lawful ruler and judge of mankind. He will eventually claim that he is ‘God’ and must be worshipped, or else death will be certain for all who refuse to do so.

Although he will be planning to rule the world indefinitely, unchallenged, God has already set a maximum limit of seven years on him.  The Bible has much to say about seven years.

This ‘charming’ beast will demand somewhere in his maximum of a 7 year rule over mankind, worship from every person on the face of the earth.  With supernatural powers, he will enforce his law, that no one will be able to buy or sell anything, unless they receive his mark, or his name, or the number of his name.  This triad ‘secure‘ currency will be the only legal currency to purchase, or sell anything anywhere in his kingdom.   

His false prophet will order a statue – an idol/image of the antichrist to be made,  and possibly millions of them in every country, and that all will have to worship the image and those who refuse to do so will be killed in a non too pleasant manner.

This Beast, will be beast-like in his heart, though he will display publicly, a smooth and suave, beguiling, yet subtle menacing tone.  This Beast will not have a natural affection, nor mercy, nor justice, nor any normal familial, or paternal love.  As the Beast, so too his prophet. 

During Nebuchadnezer’s reign, when he had subdued all kingdoms around him for much of the then habitable world, he was lifted up in his pride.  God humbled him by giving him a heart like a beast.  He was shunted out of his kingdom and forced to eat grass like an ox and his nails grew like birds  claws and his hair had grown like eagle’s feathers.  This continued for seven years (“seven times”; a prophetic period of seven years).

At the end of this seven year period, Nebuchadnezer’s sanity returned to him and he was humbled in his soul and heart and magnified the God of Heaven, who is able to abase the proud and exalt the humble. (Daniel 4)

In some ways Nebuchadenzer is a type of the final antichrist.  He will have world domination.  He will have great unchallenged power. He will have a seven year rule.  He will have a heart like a beast, though not a benign beast like a cow or ox, but like a ruthless ‘crazy’ bear, or rogue bull elephant.

Nebuchadnezer also ordered to be made a huge image – idol, of gold to represent himself as king of all kings.  Everyone in his far flung kingdom was required to bow and worship this image.  And this ‘world-wide’ worship was represented by every ruler from every one of his provinces attending the inaugural ceremony during which time they were required to bow and worship the king’s image of gold upon punishment of death in a fiery furnace.  (Daniel 3)

The remarkable dimensions of this idol of Nebuchadnezer’s, reflect the number of the beast. Its height was sixty cubits and its width (breadth) was six cubits = 66.

The first verse of chapter 3 of Daniel (in the Hebrew text) has a numerical value of 4662. (Every Hebrew letter has a numerical value and this is so  with the Greek letters as well). The number 4662 can be divided by 7 and the result is remarkable – 666. 

In the Bible, 7 represents perfection or completion, and 6 is the number of man.  In the opening Bible passage – above, the number 666 is called the number of man; a perfect triad.  Many modern symbols have a built in 666 type figure, or character.  You can see it on bar codes, on various advertisements, and subtly woven into artwork and symbols for all kinds of religions, advertisements and ideas.

These are all interesting details and should not be overlooked or dismissed lightly.  While they are only a part of the story, we must remember that God is an exact God who does not waste time giving details for no apparent reason.

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Society has been groomed for centuries to accept idols – aka, images, statues.  Toys and dolls,  stories and books,  plays and movies, advertising and photos, veneration of ‘saints’ and war heroes, halls of fame, wax museums, robots, humanoids, genetic engineering and the like are all part of the conditioning of mankind to receive this mark of the beast.  

GET USED TO IT!!!’ says the world.

The earlier modern forms of idolatry – IMAGERY, have often appeared as harmless amusements, like in comics and cartoons, and dolls, yet have all achieved the purpose for which they were designed and manufactured – adoration, reverence, worship of an image – an inanimate IMAGE.  Money spent on such things which are revered, cared for, clothed, groomed, and entertained.  Who does that to an ordinary rock for the garden?  But mould it, or shape it and put some eyes on it and a mouth and nose, and clothe it and it becomes a precious thing.  Children then can talk to it and play with it as if it were real.  Such activity has been going on for centuries.  But it has been a tool for educating the public masses , and getting them ready for the greatest miracle the world can produce, a living doll – Idol, that will be able to keep alive or kill.

God saidYou shall not make a graven image for yourself, or any likeness in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth“.  Exodus 20: 4.
And if you think that God was only speaking about metallic objects in this passage, then you have missed the whole point of this command and of the testimony of Scripture as a whole.  Read Acts 17:29-31, and elsewhere.  Dig deep for the truth honestly and you will find it.

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Those who receive the ‘mark’ of the beast, will also be given over to worship the real player and power behind this antichrist.  That player is Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, the Dragon, the Serpent, the Deceiver, The Liar, The Murderer, The Thief.

What the Devil (D’- evil’ one) says is a lie.  The antichrist will publicise his lies.  Those who believe this ‘man’ will be believing lies and loving the lies more than loving God Almighty.  Those who love a lie will be thrown into the Lake of Fire – UNLESSS THEY REPENT AND TURN TO GOD.

God warns humanity – “And a third angel followed them, saying in a great voice, If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark on his forehead, or in his hand,  he also shall drink of the wine of the anger of God having been mixed undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And he will be tormented by fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb. “ (Revelation 14:9,10)

Anyone at all, young or old who received the mark or number of name of the beast – the antichrist will be cast into eternal fires of unending torment…NOT annihilation…

YOU MUST NOT TAKE THE MARK.

This mark (M.O.B.) will allow its receiver to buy and sell stuff.

But it will condemn the one who receives it to permanent banishment from the presence of God the Father.

YOU MUST REPENT TODAY WHILE YOU STILL HAVE TODAY.

YOU MUST BE SAVED, from eternal death, from the power of sin, the nature of sin, the sinfilled nature of every man, woman and child, from the guilt and shame of sin, and its just and awful reward.

AND YOU CAN ONLY BE SAVED BY

JESUS CHRIST…

THERE IS NO OTHER SAVIOUR.

You will have to make the choice. 

If you choose to take the mark of this beast, his number, or his name, you will be able to eat and live on this earth under his dictatorship; you will be able to buy anything that is available, or sell anything you like. 

And make no mistake about it, that choice will be final and irrevocable.

You will have a short lifespan and there will be no guarantee of your earthly future.  For when God unleashes his wrath against the Beast and his kingdom and those who have sold their souls to him, all those will suffer unbearable earthly suffering.  But that suffering will be small compared to the eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire, from which there is no escape or rest.

God did not design ‘Hell’ for any person, any child of Adam.  The place is often referred to as Hell, but it is actually ‘everlasting fires’ prepared for the Devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41.

But be certain of it.  You MUST NOT go there.  And only Jesus Christ can keep your feet from falling into that damned place.  Call on Him today.  Forsake your sins, all of them and flee from the wrath to come.  Live for Jesus Christ.  Read, keep and obey His Word.  He died to remove your sins from your account.  His blood alone can wash away your sins.  Jesus died, was buried and rose again so that you may have hope in the coming resurrection of the dead…and that resurrection IS COMING! 

Will you be found naked and ashamed before Jesus Christ at His coming? Or will you be found clothed and honoured by Him because you have daily put your trust in Him and call upon Him daily?  It’s your choice.

Get out of every false religion, and keep away from those who accept any and all religions.  Do not listen with accepting hearts to their teaching.

Trust God your Father in Heaven for your daily needs.  You are of more value than many sparrows, and He cares for them.

However, if you do NOT receive his (the Beast’s) mark, you will be brutally executed.  And make no mistake about that, this is real.   Who will dare to refuse to take the mark of the beast when their babies are being ripped from their arms and homes, under threat of brutal death.

There will be much terror and panic in those days.  And because of the fear  of ‘dying’ most people will receive the mark, or number or name of the beast. It will be a time of no mercy and no tenderness.  It will be ruthless.  There will have been no other time in human history that will ever compare to that time of the Beast.

IT WILL BE A VERY DARK HOUR FOR EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET.

BUT KNOW THIS, THAT  IF YOU DO TAKE THE MARK

AND ARE NOT WILLING TO PUT YOUR LIFE

INTO THE HANDS OF ALMIGHTY GOD,

EVEN INTO THE HANDS OF JESUS CHRIST,

THEN GOD HAS ALREADY MADE THE JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU,

AND BY YOUR OWN CHOICE

YOU WILL HAVE CONSIGNED YOURSELF

TO AN ETERNITY WITHOUT GOD

AND ALL THAT HE HAS LOVINGLY PROVIDED. 

IN LOVE HE HAS WARNED YOU AHEAD OF TIME. 

KNOW THIS, THAT  IF YOU TAKE THE MARK AND ARE NOT WILLING TO PUT YOUR LIFE INTO THE HANDS OF ALMIGHTY GOD, EVEN INTO THE HANDS OF JESUS CHRIST, THEN GOD HAS ALREADY MADE THE JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU.  HE IN LOVE HAS WARNED YOU.

  THE LAKE OF FIRE – THE SECOND DEATH IS WORSE THAN ANY HELL HOLE ON EARTH!  

YOU MUST NOT TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST, OR HIS NUMBER OR HIS NAME.

THE LAKE OF FIRE IS FINAL!

  YOU MUST NOT TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST, OR HIS NUMBER OR HIS NAME.

Genesis 28 tells a graphic story.

Esau was the elder son of Isaac.  He was a hunter.  He had a younger brother Jacob.  That family had its troubles just like most families.  But God was watching the whole scene.  One day after Esau had finished hunting, he came home and smelt food cooking.  He was famished.  His belly was just so ready to tuck in.  Who was cooking the food?  It was his younger brother Jacob.  Esau demanded some food.  But Jacob was cooking for a purpose.  He wanted to gain something from his older brother.  Something very important. 

This is a paraphrase:

Jacob: Give me you birthright and I will give you some food.

Esau: Ha!  You are kidding.  I’m so famished…I am ready to die, and you are talking about a birthright?  What good is a birthright…I couldn’t care less about it.

Jacob: Give me your word, and you can have some of this food.

Esau: Okay man.  The birthright is yours. Now…where’s that food?

So Jacob gave him some food, and ended up with the birthright.

Esau put his belly first and lost his birthright.   He made his belly his god.  And threw away what was most precious.

Those who make their belly their god, when that moment comes to choose between the the mark of the beast or Jesus Christ, they WILL by choosing the mark of the beast, be throwing away the most valuable thing ever,  not just a temporal birthright, but an eternal birthright, AN ETERNAL PLACE OF GLORY AND REST IN THE HEAVENS WITH OUR FATHER AND MAKER.

Jesus said – If you try and save your temporal life at the expense of your eternal happiness, then you will lose that opportunity once and for all – (paraphrase). 

But if you are willing to forego your temporal security in order  to gain eternal life in Jesus Christ, you will save your soul.  How can you measure a few measly meals, which last for a few short years, against an eternal happiness and peace  and beauty, and abundance?

Food will pass through your system and then you will need to eat again, and again and again.  On earth, hunger will continue.

In ‘Hell’, there is NO FOOD.  Instead there will be a continual gnawing hunger; it  will be a torment all of its own.

After the seven years of the antichrist are finished, everyone with the mark of the beast will be cast out of God’s presence into eternal torment, where there is no rest and no peace of mind.

In Heaven there is no hunger.  In Heaven there is an eternal happiness and peace  and beauty and rest of mind and soul.

You must choose.  Do not throw your eternal birthright away.  Do not take the mark of the beast.  Do not be like Esau.

Repent today, and call upon the name of Jesus Christ while you can, while you yet breath. 

“Repent and be baptized, each of you on the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38.

God has a great and glorious future in Heaven for you after this life is over.  But He will not allow sin in His house.  If you like your sin too much to let it go, then you will not enter into God’s Kingdom.  Sin’s path leads to death – being cut off from the Living God.  You will forever regret it with bitter wailing and laments.

We only reap what we sow.

BUT God wants to employ you in His work on this earth while you are yet alive, and reward you for it in Heaven.  Give Him your life for what it is, and He will give you His life for what IT is.
Make sure that  you have the mark of Jesus Christ in your soul.

Acts 2:38.

While much may be said or even disputed about the mark of the beast, its name or number, what it is and how it will effect us, the most imprtant thing for each one of us is to make sure that we know Jesus Christ as our own Saviour, Lord and God, as our only Mediator between us and God, our only Defence Counsel, our only Hope and Refuge, our only Hope.  And that we obey Him in faithfulness and humility.  He is merciful and full of compassions.

But God commends His love to us in this,

that we being yet sinners,

Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

If anyone has an ear, let him hear!