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Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 11

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 11

Chapter 13:1-10  The Beast From The Sea:

John continues to introduce the chief participants of these final events, adding two more to those given in chapter 12.  A study of the Book of Daniel, chapters 7, 9, and 11 is essential to understanding this vital chapter of the Revelation. In Revelation19:20 the two beasts of this chapter are designated as the beast and the false prophet. With the dragon (vs. 2), they form a horrendous “trinity” of evil that is Satan’s perversion and corruption of the True Trinity of God (see Isaiah 14:12-14).  The beasts are the chief wicked instruments of Satan, used to fulfill his plans to attempt to “conquer” the souls of men.  In these “beasts” is the culmination of the world’s desire for the amalgamation and merger of political and religious power, a combination of church and state.  This UNHOLY trinity compares to God’s HOLY Trinity as follows:

 

HOLY TRINITY                           UNHOLY TRINITY

God                     Satan (a.k.a. the Dragon)

(in control)                        (in control)

 

Jesus Christ               Antichrist (a.k.a. the Beast)

(God in human flesh)             (human flesh possessed by Satan)

 

Holy Spirit                False Prophet (a.k.a. the second beast)

(directs worship to God/Christ)         (directs worship to Antichrist/Satan)

 

 

vrs      13:1    The verse first gives the origin of the beast and then offers a general description of his appearance.  In Scripture, the sea represents multitudes of nations in tumult and unrest (see Revelation 17:15; 20:8; and Psalm 2:1).  This first beast represents the embodiment in a single individual of the power of a “revived Roman Empire” of some sort.   So united with Satan is this beast-like leader that what is written of Satan in 12:3 is here ascribed to the political leader (see Daniel 7:8).

 

THE THREE ANTICHRISTS:

Before we go any farther with our identification of this “beast”, who is commonly known as “the Antichrist”, we need to make sure that we understand that there are three types of “antichrist” spoken of in the Scriptures.

 

ANTICHRIST #1:  The SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST – Any doctrine, preacher, or                      teacher who denies that Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh possesses the “spirit of antichrist”.  See 1st John 4:1-3 and 2nd John 7-11.

 

ANTICHRIST #2:  The SYSTEM OF THE ANTICHRIST – That system of world government, world economy, and absolute control that a future individual leader will use to tighten his grip on the world, as is seen in Revelation 13:7, and 13:16-17.

ANTICHRIST #3:  The MAN OF SIN (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4) – That Satan-possessed man who will rise to power as the EMBODIMENT of the spirit of antichrist, and who will exercise control of the system of antichrist to bring the world to Satan’s feet.

 

vrs      2        This verse throws much light on Daniel 7:1–12. There the first beast was a lion (eagles’ wings are added to bring out added truth), namely, Babylon; the second was a bear, that is, Medo-Persia; the third was a leopard (birds’ wings and heads are included to set forth additional truths), i.e., Greece. The fourth beast is not likened to any known animal in nature; hence, it is called the nondescript. Now it is clear why the fourth beast is not named, because there is no beast that combines the features of a leopard, bear, and lion. But this new “revived Roman Empire” will incorporate the features of the preceding three empires. Ancient Rome boasted that no matter how many powers she conquered, she could always assimilate them into her empire.  That political power is being emphasized here is certain from the mention of his power, and his seat (i.e., the whole earth), and great authority.

 

vrs      3        His deadly wound was healed.  This verse has given rise to much speculation regarding how this would be fulfilled.  Does it literally mean that some political leader will be assassinated and returned to life?  Or does it refer to something else.  The most accurate answer at this point in history is a resounding, “We don’t know.”

 

vrs      4        And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast. Realizing that the political leader is exercising power delegated from Satan, the world will turn to worship the source of that authority. In doing so, they ascribe omnipotence and invincibility to the beast.  This worship is in the form of a direct insult to the archangel Michael (whose name in Hebrew, Micha-El, literally means “Who is like God?”, meant as a description of God’s unique place as Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things) as well as a “rip-off” of the Song of Moses (see Exodus 15:11).

 

vrs      5        Notice that here, and in verse 7, the words “given unto him” occur four times.  Everything is under the permissive direction of God, as with Job and Satan long ago (see Job 1–2).  Only great (boastful) things and blasphemies issue from the mouth of this beast (also as in verse 1, name of blasphemy; Daniel 7:8, 11, 20, 25).  This latter part of the Seventieth Week Of Daniel, called the Great Tribulation (see 7:14, and Matthew 24:21-22), is so important that it is referred to explicitly by days (12:6), years (12:14), and months (here), all of which equal 3 1/2 PROPHETIC years  (of 360 days each).

 

vrs      6        By definition, blasphemy is irreverent speech against God; but this beast is not satisfied with maligning God and His blessed character. He includes, as well, the entire host of Heaven.

 

vrs      7        As Daniel had prophesied (see Daniel 7:21–22), this vile political leader was permitted to make war with the saints living on earth. Notice the wide range of his authority; in verse 15 he is enabled to kill all who do not worship his image.

 

vrs      8        With the display of such unprecedented power, it is easy to see how all that dwell upon the earth (see 3:10; 13:12) will be quick to “give themselves over to him” as his worshippers.  The times of the Gentiles began with man-worship (see Nebuchadnezzar in Dan 3); and they will end the same way, as is clearly stated here. Only those who have trusted Christ as Savior, whose names are eternally recorded in the book of life of the Lamb, will refuse to give this beast the worship that belongs only to God.  If what is written here seems too “far-out” to be true, let it be remembered that the deification of Roman emperors in the past is well-attested in history. They assumed divine titles, commanded divine honors, and built temples for the worship of themselves.

 

vrs      9        The power of the beast will be worldwide; so the call to hear God’s warnings about these things is similarly broad.

 

vrs      10      Retribution justice will be a strong temptation in that day.  The godly on earth are called upon to refrain from employing the sword (carnal weapons, see 2nd Corinthians 10:3-5).  God’s saints must have patience, thus exhibiting their sole faith in God in all circumstances, not forgetting God’s promise of Romans 8:26-28.