Revelation Chapter 13

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Revelation Chapter 13

 

13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

13:2 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.

13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered

 

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after the beast.

13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.

13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power 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, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

 

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13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

13:18 Here is wisdom. 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.

G od so much wants us to understand the issues and the principle players in the last scenes of the great controversy between Christ and Satan, that He shows us these things repeatedly and in great detail. Without this revelation from God, it would be impossible to know who is who at the end of time! The deceptions of Satan are so skillful in the end times—his tail so well hidden—that even when told, many say, "That is not true! I don’t believe it!" Yet God tells us the truth! The flood of lies which comes from the mouth of Satan, deceives just about the whole world. Here is an inspired statement concerning Revelation 13:

"This entire chapter is a revelation of what will surely take place [Rev. 13:11, 15-17 quoted] (MS 88, 1897). {7BC 979.10}

When we are told "This is something that will surely take place," how do you understand what has been told to you—is it past, present, or future?

What this says is that Revelation 13 is telling us the future!

The symbols are well understood. The sea represents the nations of the world. Out of the nations of the world arises a power under the symbol of a beast. The description of the beast identifies the beast as the Papacy. The Papacy received its deadly wound in 1798 when the pope was taken prisoner by the French general Berthier, and died in prison. This deadly wound is now healed, and today the world is wondering after the beast. However, there is more healing and more wondering that will take place in the future. We have not seen everything yet!

Verse 4 tells us that all the world will worship the dragon (Satan) who gives power to the beast (the Papacy). All the world asks the question: "Who is able to make war with him?" This is Bible evidence that the dragon (Satan) and the Papacy have a most

 

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efficient psychological propaganda campaign that makes them look invincible to the world! Historically the Papacy has waged war on earth. In the past, the wars of the Pope have always been with the armies of the different nations of earth doing the Pope’s pleasure! This association and methodology appears to continue into the end times.

Verses 5–8 relate what is both history and to be repeated in the near future. The statement from the Spirit of Prophecy that we noted above—tells us that this history will be repeated in the future. History records the period of Papal domination during the Dark Ages from 538–1798 AD. The future repeat of unlimited Papal power will last a literal 42 months (three years and six months). The blasphemies are notably the claim that the Pope is God on earth and can forgive sin and change the law of God. The Papacy claims that it has been given the power from God to forgive sin, and to change the law of God making Sunday, the first day of the week the day of worship. God calls this blasphemy! In the future, for three and a half years, the apparent unlimited power of the Papacy will again be felt in the world by God’s true followers. Not just in Europe—but world-wide—the Papal domination is to be felt. Everybody in the whole world will bow down and worship the Pope of Rome, except those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Verses 9–10 give the world a warning. "If you kill others with the sword, you will yourself be killed with the sword!" This threat of death is what challenges the faith and endurance of the saints of God.

Verses 11–18 describe another world power that arises and grows into power from the earth in contrast to the first beast that arises from the sea. Multiple points of identification are given for this second beast as well as for the first. This second beast that grows to power from a sparsely populated area of the earth is the United States. Protestantism and republicanism characterized the foundation of the United States represented by the two horns of a beast that is described as being "lamb-like." Here was a new nation with no pope and no king. These are two new principles in

 

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current and valid, to be able to buy and sell, will be made very plain to all in due time. After the passing of the national and international Sunday laws, compliance to those laws will constitute the "mark of the beast." (See The Great Controversy, p. 449. (1888) {Ev 233.4}).government which are represented by the horns of this new beast. It is in these two principles that the power of the United States was founded when it was developed. But the prophecy says that the beast spoke with the voice of a dragon. This dragon voice of the United States is associated with the power of the Papacy. It is predicted that the United States will make an image to the first beast, the Papacy. This means that there is to be a church-state union where the church will use the power of the United States to force the world to worship the principles of the Papacy. This process is occurring today. The United States is going to be used by Satan to bring fire down from heaven in the sight of men to accomplish the church-state union which is the image to the beast. This repeat of the Papal-like power in the United States is predicted under the symbol of giving life to the image to "the beast that had the wound by a sword, and did live". This image to the Papacy will speak (legislate) and cause (enforce) the legislation with the death decree for those who refuse to worship the image to the beast. The image to the beast is the church-state union. Then the state will enact legislation where the state enforces the bidding of the church as it did in the Dark Ages in Europe. The details of the method of enforcement are revealed, so we can have no doubt about it. Every citizen of the world will be given a mark to show their compliancy. Without this mark, or without an authorization number (the number of the beast), nobody will be allowed to buy or sell. The number of the beast, which is the number of the Pope (the man) is revealed. The number is 666. How an individual receives the "name of the beast" or how to keep your number