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 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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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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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