OVERVIEW – The 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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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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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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SYNOPSIS – The “Dragon” set off to wage war on the “seed of the woman,” those who have the “testimony of Jesus” – Revelation 12:17.
Having been expelled from heaven, the “Dragon” pursued the “woman.” However, his effort to destroy her was thwarted with help from the “earth.” Enraged, he went off to wage war against the “remnant of her seed,” A group identified as those who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.” The two descriptions provide verbal links to other passages in Revelation.
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SYNOPSIS – War breaks out in “heaven” with the “Dragon” poised to destroy the “son” as soon as he is “born” – Revelation 12:1-6.
Next. John saw a new “sign” in the heavens – A woman “clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet,” and upon here head a “crown of twelve stars.” She was pregnant and ready to give birth to a “son.” The birth of this child was in fulfillment of the messianic promise recorded in the second Psalm – The prophesied descendant of David who was destined to “rule the nations.”
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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