Phrases from Daniel’s vision of four “beasts ascending from the sea” are applied to Jesus and his saints in the New Testament.
Phrases and imagery from Daniel’s vision of “four beasts rising” from the chaotic sea occur in key passages in the New Testament, often in contexts concerning the future return of Jesus at the end of the age, the kingdom of God, and the royal authority he received from his Father. For example, Jesus foretold how “all the tribes of the earth” will see the “Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.”
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In Revelation, “all” means “all.” All rulers and nations that refuse to follow the “Lamb” will render homage to the “Beast from the sea.”
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.” Nowhere is there any mention of nation-states or governments offering any resistance to the final incarnation of the “ancient beast,” which is granted “authority over every tribe, people, tongue and nation.”
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OVERVIEW – The “beast from the earth” mimics the Lamb by presenting a counterfeit of the true faith – Revelation 13:11-18.
In his vision, John saw a second “beast ascending from the earth.” It worked to deceive the “inhabitants of the earth,” so that they gave their allegiance to the first “beast,” the one “from the sea.” The latter was characterized by military and poetical power; the former, by its ability to deceive and use economic control to punish anyone who refused to venerate the “image of the beast.”
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OVERVIEW – In 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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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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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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