SYNOPSIS: Humanity is divided into two groups – men who have the mark of the Beast, and those who bear the name of the Lamb’s Father – Revelation 13:16-14:5.
The “mark of the Beast” is the Dragon’s counterfeit of the “seal of God” that is placed on the foreheads of the followers of the Lamb. The “inhabitants of the earth” that take this mark are contrasted with the saints who stand on “Zion” with the Lamb and have his Father’s “name written on their foreheads” (Revelation 7:1-3, 14:1-4, 19:2-5, 22:3-6). Continue reading Mark of the Beast
SYNOPSIS: The Beast from the earth mimics the Lamb but is the mouthpiece of the Dragon and the Beast from the sea – Revelation 13:11-15.
Earlier, John “heard a great voice in heaven” proclaim victory because of the blood of the Lamb; salvation and the reign of the Messiah had arrived, and the Dragon was cast out of heaven. The voice called on the “heavens and they who tabernacle in them” to rejoice. But the Dragon was not finished, for the voice also declared – “Woe to the earth and the sea, for the Devil is come down to you having great wrath” (Revelation12:9-12). Continue reading Beast from the Earth
The next section details the destruction of the Beast from the sea and the False Prophet, the latter elsewhere described as the Beast from the earth (Revelation 13:11-13). It is part of the third main division of the book that began in Revelation 17:1-5 when John was “carried away in spirit” into the Wilderness where he saw a vision of the Great Harlot, Babylon.
The third division is a detailed picture of the results of the seven bowls of wrath in which the “wrath of God was finished” (Revelation 15:1 – 16:17). In the second division, the reader was introduced to the primary cosmic enemies of the Lamb; the Dragon, the Beast from the Abyss/Sea, the Beast from the earth/False Prophet, and Babylon. In the third division, these enemies are judged and destroyed in reverse order, beginning with Babylon, then the Beast and the False Prophet and, finally, the Dragon. Continue reading The Destruction of the Beast and False Prophet