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revelation 13 nkjv commentary

Satan will indwell and fully empower this eighth king. Unbelievers are still members of the kingdom of darkness (domain of darkness), ruled by the “god of this world” and his demonic army (2 Cor 4:4). And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. Again, this is no more literal than the mark (name) on their “forehead.” Mention of the “hand” might be a reference to what unbelievers do. He does this through anti-Christian or non-Christian government, false religion, worldly philosophies, worldly values, worldly pleasures, etc.—in general, all the anti-Christian ways of the world (see “image” vs. 14). We have to keep in mind that this chapter is the seventh head (empire, kingdom), which is the kingdom of darkness. It’s the people of the world that make the world and it’s system what it is—as it’s being incited (“told”) by the rulers of darkness (beast, false prophet). Before the invention of figures by the Arabs, in the tenth century, letters of the alphabet were used for numbers. Then I stood on the sand of the sea. First, it’s important to understand that this “beast” is not a he, not a person, but a world power, an empire, a kingdom—or rather, a combination of empires. It’s the domain of darkness that is against Christ and His followers. (Rev 12:17) – 17 And the dragon waxed wroth with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus: (Rev 13:1) – 1 And he stood upon the sand of the sea. When we read the above passage from 1 John in the context of that whole chapter (please read 1 Jn 2), it helps to confirm that our interpretation of who the sea-beast and land-beast are, is the correct one—keeping in mind that John is the author of both 1 John and Revelation. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (NET). The obvious difference is, Jesus is all-powerful, and His kingdom is a kingdom of light. It’s the whole world and its system that is in view. They form it and fashion it as they will (within the limits God allows), all for the purpose of deceiving the world in order to keep people from coming to faith in Christ. If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. It’s the seventh world empire that is in view in this chapter, and it’s that empire that rules over the world now and throughout the Church age. And the whole world followed the beast in amazement; 10 tn Grk “killed to death,” an expression emphatic in its redundancy. The whole book of Revelation depicts this ongoing spiritual warfare between these two kingdoms. We serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords. No other interpretation has such worldwide influence as the domain of Satan (1 Jn 5:19), as the next verse confirms. Unbelievers need to take warning and turn to Christ as Lord and Savior, or face the eternal consequences. “mark” (“mark of the beast” verses 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). 14 And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by reason of the signs which it was given him to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who hath the stroke of the sword and lived. If our lives as Christians do not clearly identify us (mark us) with Christ (Gal 6:17), then there’s something wrong. And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Their goal is to keep as many in their kingdom as possible. There is a spirit of antichrist that permeates the entire world. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six - In this verse we have the very name of the beast given under the symbol of the number 666. 1 Then 1 I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a a beast rising up out of the sea, b having 2 seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a c blasphemous name. The whole world system stands in opposition to Christ and His truth. The “man of sin” will rise to power at the end of this kingdom as the “eighth king,” and will rule in the likeness of the kings of the first six empires, ruling as a human king over the world. This spirit of antichrist rules throughout the Church age, while the human antichrist will rise to power as the “eighth king” (Rev 17:11), who is the “man of sin” (2 Th 2:3). I provide a sound basis for this later. (NASB), (2 Cor 4:3-4) – 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. All the voices of false religion, anti-Christian philosophies, anti-Christian government, worldly values, sinful pleasures, etc., speak, So the beast opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both, The blasphemy of this beast, of course, is directed against God and His holy, Both Christians and non-Christians alike, who may be hearing this or reading this, need to listen to what’s being said here. NET – 18 This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, and his number is 666. and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he, Again, I believe this refers to the demonic, When we consider the kingdom of darkness and its world-wide dominion, I believe the, When we read the above passage from 1 John in the context of that whole chapter (please read 1 Jn 2), it helps to confirm that our interpretation of who the, Again, this is not a literal, physical mark that is placed on the body. It’s through these that unbelievers reveal who they are. All three members of the Trinity are in view. That’s because he will be the physical and outward and human manifestation of this beast. However, Christians are members of the, Note that John associates antichrist with the, John also indicates that while antichrist, So to be clear, this Church-age beast consists of both the, We have to keep in mind that this chapter is the, Though it’s true of some, most do not worship Satan, Therefore, this chapter (and throughout this book) depicts the spiritual warfare between the, However, as Rev 17:8-11 seems to make clear, once the, Everything this beast stands for is in opposition to Christ and the Christian faith, which is the only truth in the world. The spirit of antichrist rules over the world now, which equates to the kingdom of darkness (Acts 26:18; Col 1:13; 1 Jn 5:19; Eph 6:11-12). Christians belong to the Kingdom of light, and we are the only ones who stand in opposition to it. The reason is probably because John was living in the days of the fourth beast, which, of course, was the Roman Empire (sixth world empire). 3Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time isnear. This beast (false prophet) does not literally “cause” a mark to be placed on unbelievers. 17 And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. John informs us that “the antichrist is coming.” I believe this refers specifically to the “eighth king” (Rev 17:11), whom I also believe to be the “man of sin” (2 Th 2:3). A common understanding is that the beast of this chapter (Rev 13) is a composite of the evil and dreadful characteristics of those four beasts, which were these empires: Note that John only saw the first three beasts in Daniel’s vision. NET – 10 If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. It makes perfect sense that only those who belong to the kingdom of darkness (kingdom of the world), would be able to share the same belief system. Each head is a world empire. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The kingdom of darkness is not a world empire without a ruler. The teachings of Christianity is diametrically opposed to the teachings and ways of the world, and thus Christians would not be included among those who participate in the “buying or selling” (sharing) of the ways of the world. (ESV). The eighth king of this seventh empire will be of the same human form as the rulers of the first six empires. It had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were, Right away we see that this beast that comes up out of the, It’s important to understand that there is a, While both Rev 13 and Rev 17 deals with the, To summarize, in the seventh world empire (now, Church age), there are, At this point, I need to make the case that the, With everything we’ve discussed in this chapter so far, and with the above verses in mind, I think the, Both Christians and non-Christians alike are involved in spiritual warfare. Christians stand apart from all the rest. (Rev 13:4) – 4 and they worshipped the dragon, because he gave his authority unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? This describes the worldwide dominance of this beast. When we consider the kingdom of darkness and its world-wide dominion, I believe the “image” of the beast (kingdom of darkness) has to be the kingdom of the world (Rev 11:15), since the kingdom of the world is a reflection of the kingdom of darkness. The seventh empire (Church age) is ruled by Satan himself, up until the end of this empire when the world is once again ruled by a human king—the “eight king” (Rev 17:11), whom I believe to the “man of sin” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The “fire coming down out of heaven upon earth” is likely figurative language to describe this phenomena. Accordingly, I think it’s likely that the number six represents the inferior and evil character of Satan and his kingdom. In harmony with the flow, I believe this is, Symbolic identification of those who belong to the, As a reminder, this chapter (13) is focused on the, While there’s no doubt that this number refers to Satan and his kingdom, it’s through, I believe this is mentioned in order to get us focused on the ways of, If our lives as Christians do not clearly identify us (, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Commentary on Revelation — [ Chapter 14 ]. Considering all the seven’s in this book, I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that the number six here is assigned to this beast, since the number seven is assigned to Christ and His Church. He will probably rise to power several years before Jesus returns, as he’s gathering the world against the people of Christ (Rev 20:7-10; Rev 16:12-16; Rev 11:7). 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of … It appeared to have been killed because the Roman Empire fell. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. Six is less than seven. These demonic rulers (false prophet) are the kingdom of darkness. All of these things describe this beast—the kingdom of darkness. As a reminder, this chapter (13) is focused on the Church-age beast of the seventh empire, whereas Rev 17 is focused on the beast (eighth king) that arises at the end of the Church age, which is still part of the seventh empire. These “ ten horns ” represent a confederation of nations that will arise just before the return Christ. As well as Satan is, Jesus is gentle, like Jesus is gentle, Jesus... 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