LORD OF HISTORY

Both Revelation and Daniel proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God over the course of history and the fate of nations.

Revelation states that the “beast” was “given” the authority to operate for a period of “forty-two months,” power over the nations, and the right to “wage war against the saints and to overcome them.” Satan’s creature could not wreak havoc upon the earth or against the church until authorized to do so, and only for the time allotted by the “Lamb.”

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EXTENT OF THE BEAST’S REIGN

In Revelation, rulers and nations refuse to follow the “Lamb”; instead, they render homage to the “Beast.”

In Revelation, there are no geographic restrictions on the reign of the “beast.” ALL the “inhabitants of the earth” take its “mark” and render homage to its “image.” Not a single government resists the final incarnation of the “ancient serpent,” for it is granted “authority over every tribe, people, tongue and nation.” There is no mention of any exception to the rule.

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MARK OF THE BEAST

All men and women that refuse to follow the “Lamb” will render homage to the “beast” and take its “mark”Revelation 13:16-18.

The “false prophet” uses the economic power of the first “beast” against anyone who refuses to give full allegiance to it. The “mark of the beast” is an economic tool. Commerce is the lifeblood of the World-Power and leveling economic sanctions against peoples is its primary enforcement mechanism. And economic restrictions mean deprivation and suffering.

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BEAST FROM THE EARTH

The beast from the earth mimics the Lamb, is the mouthpiece of the Dragon, and the propagandist for the first beastRevelation 13:11-15.

In chapter 12, the “great voice in heaven” pronounced “woe” on the “inhabitants of the earth and of the sea, because the Devil descended to you, having great wrath, knowing he has but a short time.” He then launched his war against the “seed of the woman” by summoning his own “seed” – The “beast from the sea” the “beast from the earth.”

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MILITARY CAMPAIGNS OF THE BEAST

The language of “war” is used metaphorically to portray the attacks of the “beast” against the saints.

Revelation uses the language of “war” to illustrate Satan’s attacks against the followers of the “Lamb.” The book shows no interest in conventional or nuclear warfare between nation-states. Instead, the “Dragon” strives to annihilate the church before his allotted time expires by employing deception, compromise, and persecution against the “saints.”

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