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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In Revelation, the language of “war” is used metaphorically to portray the attacks of the “beast” against the saints – Revelation 11:7.
The Book of Revelation uses the language and imagery of war to illustrate the efforts by Satan and his earthly vassals to destroy the followers of the “Lamb.” The book shows no interest in conventional or nuclear warfare between nation-states; instead, the “Dragon” works nonstop to annihilate the church before his allotted time expires. To achieve victory over believers, he uses deception, compromise, and persecution.
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