lion--This beast unites in itself the God-opposed characteristics of the three … We must beware and be familiar with the genuine. Some commentators observe that there are six Roman numerals (I, V, X, L, C, and D). But in the last days all these God-opposed powers which have succeeded each other shall co-operate, and raise each other to the most terrible and intense power of their nature: the false prophet causes men to worship the beast, and the beast carries the harlot. Whether the image is animated supernaturally or technologically, the result will be impressive. b. The seven kings, as peculiarly powerful--the great powers of the world--are distinguished from the ten, represented by the horns (simply called "kings," Revelation 17:12 ). Chapter 13 continues the lengthy Introduction to the Bowls section that precedes the bowl events and spans chapters 12 through 15.. It is next neighbor to the sacred seven, but is severed from it by an impassable gulf. Then I saw another beast: This creature represents someone like the beast rising from the sea, because the same word beast is used to describe them both. For example, graffiti in the ruins of Pompeii reads “I love her whose number is 545.”. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. They are different in origin, because one comes out of the sea, the other out of the earth. 8. all that dwell upon the earth--being of earth earthy; in contrast to "them that dwell in heaven." You can also change some of your preferences. A general exhortation. ii. It is plain, saith one, Satan shall be tied up 1000 years; 666 is the number of the beast; Antichrist shall so long reign; these two together make the just number.” (Trapp), iii. Without the mark, one will not be able to participate in the economy (no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark of his name). The dragon gives his external power to the first beast ( Revelation 13:2 ), his spirit to the second, so that it speaks as a dragon ( Revelation 13:11 ). image--Nebuchadnezzar set up in Dura a golden image to be worshipped, probably of himself; for his dream had been interpreted, "Thou art this head of gold"; the three Hebrews who refused to worship the image were east into a burning furnace. Revelation 13:1-10. i. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. a. Some Christians say or think, “You can really know where God is and where His power is by signs and wonders.” Thinking this way is to leave yourself wide open to deception. the number of a man--that is, counted as men generally count. of 666 may be a Satanic counterpart to the name of Jesus, or 666 may be God’s evaluation of such a Satanic counterpart – it falls short. i. Messages from three *angels. The Latin is peculiarly the language of the Church of Rome in all her official acts; the forced unity of language in ritual being the counterfeit of the true unity; the premature and spurious anticipation of the real unity, only to be realized at Christ's coming, when all the earth shall speak "one language" ( Zephaniah 3:9 ). iii. English Version is quite a different sense, namely, a warning to the persecutors that they shall be punished with retribution in kind. . He comes from Israel and … This image of the Antichrist will be a different kind of idol, because the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. "In the forehead by way of profession; in the hand with respect to work and service" [AUGUSTINE]. The raising of the six to tens and hundreds (higher powers) indicates that the beast, notwithstanding his progression to higher powers, can only rise to greater ripeness for judgment. A, B, C, Vulgate, Syriac, ANDREAS, and PRIMASIUS add "and people," after "tribe" or "kindred.". Here, on the contrary, the beast's head is not changed into a human head, but receives a deadly wound, that is, the world kingdom which this head represents does not truly turn to God, but for a time its God-opposed character remains paralyzed ("as it were slain"; the very words marking the beast's outward resemblance to the Lamb, "as it were slain," second beast's resemblance to the Lamb, Revelation 13:11 ). The number six is the world number; in 666 it occurs in units, tens, and hundreds. Revelation 13:11-17 Another beast cometh up out of the earth, which. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Hence, the world powers seeking their own glory, and not God's, are represented as beasts; and Nebuchadnezzar, when in self-deification he forgot that "the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men," was driven among the beasts. Revelation 12 Revelation 14 Chapter 13 We have, in this chapter, a further discovery and description of the church’s enemies: not other enemies than are mentioned before, but described after another … So Charlemagne's image was set up for homage; and the Pope adored the new emperor [DUPIN, vol. b. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. This view is favored also by the fact, that the beast is the vicarious representative of Satan, who similarly has seven heads and ten horns: a general description of his universal power in all ages and places of the world. To the deceived world, this also puts this false prophet in the class of Elijah (1 Kings 18). So the sign of the cross in Popery. A Napoleon, in this view, will be the Antichrist, restoring the Jews to Palestine, and accepted as their Messiah at first, and afterwards fearfully oppressing them. Jesus said that some who worked miracles – even in His name – were false followers and would perish in hell (Matthew 7:22-23). It is an idolatrous image set up in the holy place of a rebuilt temple; it is an abomination in the sense of being supreme idolatry, and it is desolation in the sense that it will bring the judgment described by the seals, trumpets, and bowls. The kingdom of heaven was prepared for the redeemed before the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34). iv. . In Daniel, the ten mean the last phase of the world power, the fourth kingdom divided into ten parts. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. i. This is the very miracle which the two witnesses perform, and which Elijah long ago had performed; this the beast from the bottomless pit, or the false prophet, mimics. Revelation 13:11-18. The Ch, X, St represent an imperfect number, a triple falling away (apostasy) from septenary perfection [WORDSWORTH]. The first commentary we have on the Book of Revelation, written by Victorinus in the early church, says of this Revelation 13:15: “He shall cause also that a golden image of Antichrist shall be placed in the temple at Jerusalem, and that the apostate angel should enter, and thence utter voices and oracles.”. Proud member b. 6. opened . might buy--Greek, "may be able to buy." mouth--The usual formula in the case of a set speech, or series of speeches. . [TYSO in DE BURGH]. The first commentary we have on the Book of Revelation, written by Victorinus in the early church, says of this Revelation 13:15: "He shall cause also that a golden image of Antichrist shall be placed in the … The *beast from the sea. The revived Napoleonic dynasty may, in some one representative, realize the project, becoming the beast supported by the false prophet (perhaps some openly infidel supplanter of the papacy, under a spiritual guise, after the harlot, or apostate Church, who is distinct from the second beast, has been stripped and judged by the beast, Revelation 17:16 ); he then might have an image set up in his honor as a test of secular and spiritual allegiance. Here--"Herein": in bearing their appointed sufferings lies the patient endurance . Resources. to give life--Greek, "breath," or "spirit." "The non-existence of the beast embraces the whole Germanic Christian period. Christ's own words of monition calling solemn attention. The healing of the wound and return of the beast is represented [in regard to its final Antichristian manifestation though including also, meanwhile, its healing and return under Popery, which is baptized heathenism] in that principle which, since 1789, has manifested itself in beast-like outbreaks" [AUBERLEN]. John's use of I saw (vv. Described by … All this typifies the last apostasy. Commentary on Revelation – [Chapter 13] Posted on December 24, 2019 January 10, 2020 Author Steve Sewell . 8 But the heads of … The two beasts are Satanic imitations. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten … We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. And I stood on the sand of the sea— This also was in the vision. Antichrist will be the climax, and final form. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. tongue . c. The number of his name: This was a common concept in the ancient world. 4. which gave--A, B, C, Vulgate, Syriac, and ANDREAS read, "because he gave." This second beast is called the false prophet (Revelation 16:13, 19:20, 20:10), as someone distinct from the first beast (the Antichrist) and the dragon (Satan). Blasphemous names were written on its heads. . As He was "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world," so all atonements ever made were only effectual by His blood" [BISHOP PEARSON, Exposition of the Creed]. . Thus 666, the judged world power, contrasts with the 144,000 sealed and transfigured ones (the Church number, twelve, squared and multiplied by one thousand, the number symbolizing the world pervaded by God; ten, the world number, raised to the power of three the number of God) [AUBERLEN]. Antichrist, personating Christ, adopts a symbol like, but not agreeing with, Christ's monogram, Ch, X, St; whereas the radicals in "Christ" are Ch, R, St. Papal Rome has similarly substituted the standard of the Keys for the standard of the Cross; so on the papal coinage (the image of power, Matthew 22:20 ). The image of the beast is animated in some way, in that it has breath and can speak. Under the final Antichrist this shall come to pass in its most violent form. Though seemingly slain (Greek for "wounded"), it remains the beast still, to rise again in another form ( Revelation 13:11 ). Or, he may have two horns simply because that’s how many horns lambs have (two horns like a lamb). He will reward their persecutors with persecution of His own. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. i. The first six heads were heathenish, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome; the new seventh world power (the pagan German hordes pouring down on Christianized Rome), whereby Satan had hoped to stifle Christianity ( Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:16 ), became itself Christianized (answering to the beast's, as it were, deadly wound: it was slain, and it is not, Revelation 17:11 ). If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Both alike are beasts, from below, not from above; faithful allies, worldly Antichristian wisdom standing in the service of the worldly Antichristian power: the dragon is both lion and serpent: might and cunning are his armory. bear . They are different in rank, because the second is subordinate to the first (causes the earth… to worship the first beast, Revelation 13:12). ", 5. blasphemies--So ANDREAS reads. power--"authority"; legitimate power (Greek, "exousia"). If you work for the beast and lead others into captivity, you certainly shall go into captivity yourself. FABER explains the healing of the deadly wound to be the revival of the Napoleonic dynasty after its overthrow at Waterloo. A specific miracle of the false prophet is described: he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. shall go into captivity--Greek present, "goeth into captivity." In Deuteronomy 13:1-5, God assumes there will be supernatural works on behalf of false prophets and idols, and He warns His people to judge a worker of miracles by their message, not only by their works. In its second beast-form it is Christianized heathendom ministering to the former, and having earthly culture and learning to recommend it. The mark may be, as in the case of the sealing of the saints in the forehead, not a visible mark, but symbolical of allegiance. So the phrase is used in Revelation 21:17 . Antichrist, the summing up and concentration of all the world evil that preceded, is the eighth, but yet one of the seven ( Revelation 17:11 ). The mistake of those who interpret the beast to be Rome exclusively, and the ten horns to mean kingdoms which have taken the place of Rome in Europe already, is, the fourth kingdom in the image has TWO legs, representing the eastern as well as the western empire; the ten toes are not upon the one foot (the west), as these interpretations require, but on the two (east and west) together, so that any theory which makes the ten kingdoms belong to the west alone must err. But by nature, men have an undeniable religious impulse, and they also have an undeniable rebellion against God. Like the composite dragon, the composite … The number is the number of a man, not of God; he shall extol himself above the power of the Godhead, as the MAN of sin [AQUINAS]. c. Instead of obsessing with fear and interest about the imitation – the Antichrist – how much more appropriate is it for Christians to be interested in the genuine: Jesus Christ. This is to be the motto and watchword of the elect during the period of the world kingdom. This marks the halfway point of the final seven years of man’s rule of this planet. Be armed both against force and fraud, even with the wh… 9. The latter was an apostasy only from the general revelation of God in nature and conscience; but this new one is from God's revelation of love in His Son. a. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. . all kindreds . . The verse-by-verse commentary on each chapter of Revelation is on a separate page of this website. upon the sand of the sea--where the four winds were to be seen striving upon the great sea ( Daniel 7:2 ). . As of old, so now, those to be persecuted by the beast in various ways, have their trials severally appointed them by God's fixed counsel. supporteth the worship of the former beast. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth—by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. With the dragon, the beast rising from the sea, and the beast rising from the land we have an unholy trinity. The first is the beast from the sea . ii. It is the number of the world given over to judgment; hence there is a pause between the sixth and seventh seals, and the sixth and seventh trumpets. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. by the means of those miracles--rather as Greek, "on account of (because of; in consequence of) those miracles." Salem Media Group. The second beast sets up an image of the first beast. Votaries of idols branded themselves with the idol's cipher or symbol. Though these things are prophesied and part of God’s predetermined plan, it does not lessen in the slightest way man’s personal responsibility. There are many different ways it could happen, and such programs are proposed and tested constantly. These three forms of apostasy are reducible to two: the apostate Church and the apostate world, pseudo-Christianity and Antichristianity, the harlot and the beast; for the false prophet is also a beast; and the two beasts, as different manifestations of the same beast-like principle, stand in contradistinction to the harlot, and are finally judged together, whereas separate judgment falls on the harlot [AUBERLEN]. They shall not be so till the last stage of the fourth kingdom (the Roman), which shall continue until the fifth kingdom, Christ's, shall supplant it and destroy it utterly; this last stage is marked by the ten toes of the two feet of the image in Daniel 2:33 Daniel 2:41 Daniel 2:42 . We are presented with a false “Christ” and a false “John the Baptist” who promote the false god. But A reads, "if any (is for) being (literally, 'to be') killed with the sword." Revelation 13:1-10 A beast with seven heads and ten horns riseth out of. A dynamic commentary on the Book of Revelation. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. The former is in the Greek more obvious and simple. The seven implies the world power setting up itself as God, and caricaturing the seven Spirits of God; yet its true character as God-opposed is detected by the number ten accompanying the seven. 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