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 several “battle” scenes in Revelation all present the same final assault by Satan against the people of the Lamb.
We tend to assume the visions of Revelation are presented to us in chronological sequence, an assumption that creates difficulties when we attempt to interpret the several final “wars” depicted in chapters 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, and 20. Do the several visions portray different “final battle” scenes that occur at different points in time?
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SYNOPSIS – In Revelation, the “forty-two months” and “1,260-days” both refer to the same prophetic period when the saints are persecuted.
In several of its visions, Revelation provides a chronological key – a coming period of three and one-half years. However, the period is presented in three different but mathematically equivalent forms – “forty-two months,” “1,260-days,” and “season, seasons, and half a season.” So, is there any rhyme or reason behind this variation, or do the figures point to three separate prophetic periods, each being three and one-half years in length?
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SYNOPSIS – The Beast from the sea wages war against the followers of the Lamb in obedience to its overlord, the Dragon – Revelation 13:6-10.
In Revelation, the “beast from the sea” was assigned by the “Dragon” to annihilate the “saints.” To facilitate this, he was given authority over all nations and peoples. In the vision, humanity was divided into two groups – Men and women who “render homage to the Beast,” the “inhabitants of the earth,” and those who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes”; that is, the “saints” – “They who tabernacle in heaven” and have the “testimony of Jesus.”
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SYNOPSIS – The disciple is granted the great privilege and honor of enduring insults, hatred, and even violence on behalf of Jesus.
Citizens of western-style democracies often enjoy religious freedom; conversion to Christianity rarely results in substantial personal costs. The “right” to practice religion without interference from the State or society is considered sacrosanct – Something to be defended at all costs. But is this the outlook taught in the New Testament?
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