Babylon, Beast from the Sea, Empires, Medo-Persia

A Theology of History

In the thirteenth chapter of Revelation, the “Beast from the Sea” is “GIVEN” authority over the “inhabitants of the earth” and the right to “wage war against the saints and to overcome them.” Satan’s imperial creature cannot wreak havoc against the church until he is authorized to do so, and only for the time allotted, the “short season.”

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Beast from the Sea, Four Beasts, Little Horn

Four Beasts in One

In the 13th chapter of Revelation, the single “Beast from the Sea” displays the same animal characteristics of the four creatures that Daniel saw ascending from the sea. John’s “beast” is from the same lineage, but it is also something more. It certainly is not identical to the “fourth beast” with the “little horn,” though it incorporates many of its attributes.

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Beast from the Sea, Little Horn, War

The War on the Saints

In the thirteenth chapter of Revelation, the “Beast from the sea” is authorized to launch its war against “saints.” In describing the event, the book employs language from Daniel that the latter applies to the “little horn” that is unleashed to “make war with the saints and to prevail over them” – (Daniel 7:21).

The book of Revelation frequently alludes to passages in the book of Daniel, several of which are employed repeatedly.

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Kingdom, Lamb, Son of Man

The Son of Man & Jesus

In the gospel accounts, the “Son of Man” is the most frequent self-designation heard on the lips of Jesus, a term derived from Daniel’s vision of the one “like a Son of Man” who received “dominion” from the “Ancient of Days.” For example, at the end of the age, “all the tribes of the earth” will mourn when “they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.” Jesus is “that Son of Man.”

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