Revelation 13 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
The Beast from the Sea 1 I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns, seven heads, and ten crowns on its horns. There were insulting names on its heads. 2 The beast that I saw was like a leopard. Its feet were like bear’s feet. Its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The serpent gave its power, kingdom, and far-reaching authority to the beast. 3 One of the beast’s heads looked like it had a fatal wound, but its fatal wound was healed. All the people of the world were amazed and followed the beast.
4 They worshiped the serpent because it had given authority to the beast. They also worshiped the beast and said, “Who is like the beast? Who can fight a war with it?” 5 The beast was allowed to speak arrogant and insulting things. It was given authority to act for 42 months. 6 It opened its mouth to insult God, to insult his name and his tent—those who are living in heaven. 7 It was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. It was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.
8 Everyone living on earth will worship it, everyone whose name is not written in the Book of Life. That book belongs to the lamb who was slaughtered before the creation of the world. 9 If anyone has ears, let him listen: 10 If anyone is taken prisoner, he must go to prison. If anyone is killed with a sword, with a sword he must be killed. In this situation God’s holy people need endurance and confidence. The Beast from the Earth
11 I saw another beast come from the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb. It talked like a serpent.
12 The second beast uses all the authority of the first beast in its presence. The second beast makes the earth and those living on it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13 The second beast performs spectacular signs. It even makes fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people. 14 It deceives those living on earth with the signs that it is allowed to do in front of the first beast. It tells those living on earth to make a statue for the beast who was wounded by a sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was allowed to put breath into the statue of the first beast. Then the statue of the first beast could talk and put to death whoever would not worship it.
16 The second beast forces all people—important and unimportant people, rich and poor people, free people and slaves—to be branded on their right hands or on their foreheads. 17 It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name. 18 In this situation wisdom is needed. Let the person who has insight figure out the number of the beast, because it is a human number. The beast’s number is 666.
During the tribulation there will be three players in control. This chapter among others describes who they are and what they control.
1. The Dragon - devil
2. Beast from Sea - Antichrist
3. Beast from Land (earth)- False Prophet
There is the dragon. That is the Devil. He will give his authority and power to the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
There is the Beast that comes up out of the sea. This is the Antichrist. This Beast will be worshiped by the people, who will really be worshiping Satan. The Antichrist will have complete control over the political and economical arena of the world. He will gain power by portraying Himself to be the one who can bring peace and security to the world. His ultimate power comes when He insists everyone receive a mark on their right hand or forehead. No one will be able to participate in any buying or selling without the mark. He will have to have the cooperation of all the kingdoms of the world in order for this to take place. This means the Antichrist sets the rules and laws which will cost you your life if you disagree.
(John Seiss) "There is no political sovereignty on earth during its administration but that embraced in its horns and heads."
The ten horns are ten nations and they will follow the Antichrist.
The Antichrist has a helper or a companion which is the Beast that rises from the land. This is the Beast of religion. He will be given the same authority and power as the Antichrist. He will appear as a lamb. His gentle and non aggressive appearance will fool almost everyone. This Beast is the False Prophet. He will appeal to man's need to worship. It will be made to seem as freedom to worship as you like but that will be a lie. The truth will be you worship the Antichrist (Satan) or you die. The False Prophet will usher in the one world religion by denouncing Christ Jesus as the only way to heaven. Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be reinvented. The bible will become obsolete and/or outlawed. There will be great deception.
(John Seiss) "He is lamb like in that he proposes to occupy only the mild, domestic, and inoffensive positions of a spiritual advisor. What more gentle and innocent than the counseling of people how to live and act, for the securement of their happiness."
Here we have the rulers of the people on the earth during the tribulation, The Devil, Antichrist, and False Prophet. The world will be ruled on a foundation of lies. The whole earth will be expected to worship the Beast or die.
Read our article on False Religion Leading The Way For The False Savior
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