BEASTLY ECONOMICS

OVERVIEW – The False Prophet employs the economical means to coerce men and women to render homage to the “beast from the sea.”

The “beast from the earth” uses all the economic power of the first “beast” against anyone who refuses to give absolute allegiance to the beastly system. The “number” or “mark of the beast” is an economic tool and a blunt instrument. Commerce is the lifeblood of the empire. And the ability to level economic sanctions against nations, peoples, and individuals is the key to its power.

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BEAST ASCENDING FROM THE EARTH

OVERVIEWThe beast from the earth mimics the Lamb. It is the mouthpiece of the Dragon, and the propagandist for the first beast – Revelation 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,” and now, the “beast from the earth.”

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PERSECUTING BEAST

OVERVIEWIn Revelation, the Dragon and his servants wage war against the saints of the Lamb, the Church, and not against nations or ethnic groups.

The visions of Revelation portray the cosmic war waged between Satan and Jesus, one that plays out in the daily struggles of the church. The earthly vassals of the “Dragon” execute his attacks on the Church, especially the “beast from the sea,” the “false prophet,” and “Babylon, the Great Harlot.” The “war” is waged by deceivers working within, and persecutors working from without, the church.

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WAR AGAINST THE SAINTS

OVERVIEW – The Beast from the sea was authorized to wage war against the followers of the Lamb on behalf of its overlord, the Dragon – Revelation 13:6-10

The “Dragon” tasked the “beast from the sea” with annihilating the “saints.” To facilitate this, he was given authority over all nations and peoples. In the vision, humanity is divided into two groups: Those who “render homage to the Beast,” the “inhabitants of the earth,” and those who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes,” those who “tabernacle in heaven,” the “saints.”

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BEAST FROM THE SEA

At the end of chapter 12, the “Dragon” was poised to launch his “war” on the “seed of the woman,” as he stood on the seashore to summon his own “seed,” beginning with the “beast from the sea.” Having failed to destroy the “son” and the “woman clothed with the sun,” enraged, he set out to annihilate the “seed of the woman,” the men and women who have the “testimony of Jesus.”

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INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH

OVERVIEW – In Revelation, the “inhabitants of the earth” represent the men and women who are excluded from the “book of life” by their own decisions

In Revelation, the “inhabitants of the earth” constitute the group that is unrelenting in its hostility to Jesus and his servants, even rejoicing in the violent deaths of his witnesses. Unlike the “nations” and the “kings of the earth,” apparently, this group is beyond redemption, and their names are excluded from the “Lamb’s book of life.” But its eventual destruction in the “lake of fire” is a fate of its own making.

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