The language of “war” is used metaphorically to portray the attacks of the “beast” against the saints – Revelation 11:7.
Revelation uses “war” and related terms to illustrate Satan’s attacks against the saints, 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, and he does so through deception, compromise, and persecution against the church.
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In Revelation, Satan attacks the “Lamb” by waging war against and persecuting his followers.
At times, there may be so many “trees” that we find it difficult to see the “forest.” Put another way, details distract us from seeing the obvious. This is often so when dealing with the visions of Revelation. But according to its very first word, the book is intended to “reveal what things must come to pass,” not to conceal them or to mystify us.
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In Revelation, the single “beast from the sea” is related to but distinct from the four beasts from Daniel’s vision – Revelation 13:1-10.
In Revelation, the single “beast from the sea” displays all the animal characteristics of the four creatures that Daniel saw ascending from a chaotic sea. John’s “beast” is from the same lineage as Daniel’s four “beasts” but is also something more. It certainly is not identical to the “fourth beast” with the “little horn,” though it has incorporated some of the latter’s attributes.
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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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The “beast from the sea” is authorized to wage war against the followers of the Lamb on behalf of the Dragon – Revelation 13:6-10.
The “Dragon” tasked the “beast from the sea” with annihilating the “saints.” To facilitate this, he gave the “beast” authority over all peoples. Humanity was divided into two groups: Those who “render homage to the beast,” the “inhabitants of the earth,” and those who “tabernacle in heaven,” the “saints.”
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