Just a Thought on Revelation 13 (Part 1)

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Introduction: Welcome back to our continuing study on Just a Thought on Revelation.

  1. Today—Just a Thought on Revelation 13:1
    1. God’s view of the governments of men.
    1. See how some try to insert the devil as a messenger in place of John.
    1. Antichrist’s rise

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“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.” (Revelation 13:1)

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  1. When God pictures governments of this world he sets them forth as “beasts”

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  1. Federation of nations (UN)

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  1. Psalms 2:1-4

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  • The world is looking for the antichrist, not the Christ of God!Luke 2:26

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  • “And I stood upon the sand of the sea”
    • Critics and scripture give credit to wrong person
      • Dragon not John standing

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  1. The answer of Bible believer
    1. God says what he means
    1. John is the messenger, not the dragon

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  • “the sand of the sea”
    • The Mediterranean Sea.
    • Antichrist to come out of Palestine.

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  • “saw a beast rise up out of the sea”
    • Unlike any normal beast
      • Mixed beast
      • What John sees is the antichrist.

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  • Called by many names in Scripture?
    • King first, then kingdom Daniel 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. (Ruckman)

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  • “having seven heads and ten horns”
    • Has 7 heads 10 horns
      • Mentioned in Revelation 17:10 as kings of Roman empire

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  1. Deals with antichrist’s rule
    1. 3 ½ years of compromise (Revelation 17:3-5)

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  • then 3 ½ years of absolute dictatorship (Revelation 17:16)
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    • “seven heads”
      • Revelation 17:9—Represent 7 mountains here.

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  • Identifies the who (Revelation 17:18)

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  • Kingdoms given (Revelation 17:17)

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  • Beast (Revelation 17:8)

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  • “ten kings”Revelation 17:12-13

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  • Have we seen such a vision? (Cp. Revelation 12:3) close connection

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  1. Close: not the same (cp. Revelation 17:1)

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  1. Fruit of the dragon

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  1. Things different

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  1. Definite difference Chapter 12 “seven crowns on his heads “upon his horns ten crowns” Chapter 13 “upon his horns ten crowns”

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  • Not an exact match to Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

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  1. Describes the dragon, Satan 12:3
    1. Describes antichrist 13:1 fruit of the dragon

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  • Comes up after the devil cast down to earth there is a difference here: “seven crowns on his heads” “upon his horns ten crowns”

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  • Beast here gets his power from the dragon of chapter 12

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  • This beast is a man (Revelation 13:18)

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  • upon his heads the name of blasphemy
    • What is the name of blasphemy? (Revelation 17:3)

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  • Blasphemer of God (Revelation 13:6)

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Conclusion:

  1. Beast out of Mediterranean
  2. Antichrist
    1. Blasphemer
    1. Fruit of the devil

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