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 False Prophet employs the economical means to coerce men and women to render homage to the “beast from the sea.”
The “beast from the earth” uses all the economic power of the first “beast” against anyone who refuses to give absolute allegiance to the beastly system. The “number” or “mark of the beast” is an economic tool and a blunt instrument. Commerce is the lifeblood of the empire. And the ability to level economic sanctions against nations, peoples, and individuals is the key to its power.
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Will the Antichrist be a global political leader, or the ultimate deceiver sent by the Dragon to destroy the Church from within?
Quite often, the Antichrist is presented as a global political leader, a militaristic tyrant bent on conquering all nations. However, warnings in the New Testament express far more concern over deceivers that work in the church and cause apostasy. Moreover, in Revelation, the target of the “war” waged by the “beast from the sea” is the church, the “saints,” the faithful followers of the “Lamb” from every nation.
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SYNOPSIS – Next, King Nebuchadnezzar implements his dream by “setting up” a Great Golden Image to glorify his kingdom – Daniel 3:1-30.
In Chapter 3, the King works to make his dream a reality by “setting up” a great golden image that conforms to his vision of an everlasting Babylonian kingdom. However, just as He did with the “tower of Babel” in the “Land of Shinar,” the God of Daniel uses a most unexpected “tool” to thwart the imperial designs of Nebuchadnezzar – His attempt to execute three of the lowly exiles from Judah.
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