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Chapter 13 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 13 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 13- The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The antichrist and false prophet come forcing everyone on earth to worship the image of the antichrist and to take the mark of the beast in order to buy or sell.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 13- The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The antichrist and false prophet come forcing everyone on earth to worship the image of the antichrist and to take the mark of the beast in order to buy or sell.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Chapter 13
The Antichrist and False Prophet
Revelation 13:1-10 says,
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of thesea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns,and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast I saw waslike unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and hismouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, andhis seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it werewounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the worldwondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is likeunto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was giv-en unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he openedhis mouth in blasphemy against God; to blaspheme his name, and histabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him tomake war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was givenhim over all kindred’s, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwellupon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the126
 
book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall gointo captivity: and he that killeth with the sword shall be killed with thesword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.” 
 The beast that rises up out of the sea is clearly identified as the antichrist,even though his description is almost identical to that of the dragon in Revela-tion 12:3. The difference between these two visions relates to the”
crowns” 
(or diadems), which were on the “
heads” 
in Revelation 12:3, and on the
horns” 
in Revelation 13:1. Revelation 12:3 refers to the six heads (kingdoms)that had had kings (represented by the crowns), whereas Revelation 13:1refers to the time of the antichrist’s rise to power, when kings were appointed(recognized) over ten countries supporting him. The seven heads refer to theseven kingdoms leading up to the eighth kingdom of the resurrected antichrist(see discussion of Rev. 17:9-11, Chapter 17). The NT Greek word “
drakon
”, in-terpreted by the English word
“dragon” 
, is used 13 times in the book of Reve-lation, and in every case it refers to Satan, or the devil. The English word
“beast” 
is used to interpret two different Greek words, 1)
“Zoon”,
which meansa living being, or animal, and 2)
“Therion” 
, which means a wild beast. Thebook of Revelation uses the Greek word
“Therion” 
exclusively to describe theantichrist and the false prophet.Revelation 16:13 identifies the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet asthree separate entities, and Revelation 19:20 states that the beast and the
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false prophet are cast into the lake of fire. According to Revelation 20:2-3, thedragon is cast into the bottomless pit, where he is bound for a thousand years. Thus, we see that there are three separate, evil beings involved in the eventsoccurring in the book of Revelation. The first beast (the antichrist) is Satan’sman; he is the embodiment of Satan on earth and the spirit of Satan motivateshim in all his actions, especially after he is healed from being wounded untodeath (Rev. 13:3). He is described as having seven heads and ten horns, justas Satan (the dragon) was described in Revelation 12:3, since he is the earthlyrepresentative of Satan’s kingdom. This beast is also described in the book of Daniel. Daniel 7:15-27 NIV gives the interpretation of the vision that Daniel re-ceived,
“I Daniel, was troubled in my spirit, and the visions that passed throughmy mind disturbed me. I approached one of those standing there andasked him the true meaning of all this. So he told me and gave me theinterpretation of these things: The four great beasts are four kingdomsthat will rise from the earth. But the saints of the Most High will receivethe kingdom and will possess it forever - yes for ever and ever. Then Iwanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was differ-ent from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronzeclaws - the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampledunderfoot whatever was left. I also wanted to know about the ten hornson its head and about the other horn that came up, before which threeof them fell - the horn that looked more imposing than the others and128

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