Revelation 13.1-10 – A call for endurance and faith

1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.

3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.

4 And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.

9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes;

if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.

Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

Yesterday we closed by saying that the dragon (satan) was thrown down from heaven, was angry, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

From the sea, then, is where we see the Antichrist emerging. Culturally at the time John wrote this, the sea was a terrifying place that man had not really conquered (think sailing in small wooden boats v. our modern day megaships), so to have the Antichrist come from the sea adds to the imagery for John that this man is bad news.

The Antichrist will come to rule ten nations, ten diadems, or crowns, tell us this, and it fits with Daniel 7.24 which tells us that

As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.

So a real man will come and be given power from the dragon, here represented by the name ‘the beast’ who will appear like he has been resurrected. Careful reading, though, tells us otherwise. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.

So the beast gains followers, power, authority, and fame by seemingly being resurrected.


How careful do we need to be when we see ‘miraculous’ things done in the name of the Lord?

How careful do we need to be when people claim outrageous things, attribute them to Jesus to gain some credibility, but then ever so slowly move away from orthodoxy (simply, right teaching) and start to do their own thing?


1 John 4 says this

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

This section closes by telling us that the Antichrist will make war on those in heaven and on earth, everyone who hold to the testimony of Jesus, and he will take worship from everyone who dwells on the earth, those who are not saved by grace through faith in Jesus.

We close with a somber warning,

If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes;

if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.

Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

We must persevere, we must be on guard for the spirit of the antichrist, which John says is already in the world, trying to take us away from the things of God with deception, deceit, and destruction.

We might sometimes wonder, why are we given all of this revelation? Wouldn’t it be easier for us to read of the rapture, then celebrate because we are signed, sealed, and delivered? That wouldn’t be fair, would it. God always gives both sides of the coin, so we need to know the alternative, we need to know what is coming if we do not hold fast to the teachings of Jesus, and, we need to take this as a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

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