The Beast, False Prophet and the Mark of The Beast

The Book of Revelation

The bible passage Revelations 1:8, lit up by the cross

 

Ὧδε ἡ σοφία ἐστίν ὁ ἔχων τὸν νοῦν ψηφισάτω τὸν ἀριθμὸν τοῦ θηρίου ἀριθμὸς γὰρ ἀνθρώπου ἐστίν καὶ ὁ ἀριθμὸς αὐτοῦ χξς

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The Beast, False Prophet and the Mark of The Beast

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Four Schools of Interpretation

1.Idealist (spiritual/allegorical)

2.Preterist: Already Happened.

3.Historicist: Focus on events in Western Europe.

4.Futurist: chapters 4-22 will occur in the future

5.Here’s a fifth view: Scripture interprets Scripture. A study of the Old Testament reveals most of the meaning of Revelation. God keeps His promises to Israel.

Things that had to happen:

  • Jerusalem must be rebuilt and Messiah must come and be killed: Daniel 9:24-27. 173,880 days from decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.
  • Israel must be reborn as a nation (no more divided kingdom) Ezekiel 36-37; Isaiah 66:7-8 (born in one day)
  • The world will be against Israel: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. Zechariah 12:2-3

Things that have to happen

  • Israel will experience a spiritual revival and begin to turn toward the Messiah. Ezekiel 36-37; Rev 7, 14
  • The Hebrew followers of Jesus will receive a Mark on their foreheads. Rev 7

Ezekiel 9:4,5

  • and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.“ To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.

Things that have to happen

  • The tribulation begins. Revelation 6 forward.
  • The Rise of The Beast
  • Followers of the Beast will accept a Mark on their forehead or right hand

Scripture Interprets Scripture

  • Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Revelation 12:1
  • Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.“ Gen 37:9
  • So he told [it] to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What [is] this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?“ Gen 37:10

Enter The Dragon (Not Bruce Lee)

  • And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev 12:17
  • Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. Rev 13:1-2

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Daniel 7:1-4 Mouth Like a lion

  • In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head [while] on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.
  • Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.
  • “And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. “The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

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Daniel 7:5 Medo-Persia The Bear

  • And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and [had] three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
  • Three ribs: Devoured the empires of Babylon, Lydia and Egypt

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Dan 7:6 Greek Empire The Leopard

  • “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. [Dan 7:6 NKJV]

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IDENTIFYING THE BEAST

  • A Rebirth of the Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Greek Empires
  • What about the seven heads and ten horns?

Seven Heads and Ten Horns

1. Egyptian Empire

2.Assyrian Empire

3.Babylonian Empire

4. Medo-Persian  Empire

5. Greek Emoire

6. Roman Empire

7, Ottoman Empire

 

Greece broke up into four kingdoms:

1 .Cassander

2.Lysimachus

3.Seleucus

4.Ptolemy

Seven kingdoms minus one (Greece) plus four  kingdoms (Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus & Ptolemy) equals TEN KINGDOMS

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Full of Blasphemous Names

  • Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. Rev 13:1-2

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Blasphemous Inscriptions on the Dome of the Rock Mosque.

  • There is no God but Allah. He has no associate. O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning God save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God, and His Word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and say not ‘Three’ – Cease! He begets not nor was begotten.

Revelation 13:3-4

  • And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
  • So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who [is] like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

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Revelation 13:5-6

  • And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
  • and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. Revelation 13:2

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Revelation 13:7-10

  • It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
  • All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
  • If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
  • He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The Second Beast; Revelation 13:11-14

  • Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
  • And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
  • He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
  • And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

False Prophets

  • “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Mat 24:24
  • But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, [and] bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 Pe 2:1
  • And the LORD said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. Jer 14:14

Revelation 13:15-17

  • He was granted [power] to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
  • He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

The Mark of the Beast

  • Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number 666. [Rev 13:18 NKJV]
  • Ὧδε ἡ σοφία ἐστίν ὁ ἔχων τὸν νοῦν ψηφισάτω τὸν ἀριθμὸν τοῦ θηρίου ἀριθμὸς γὰρ ἀνθρώπου ἐστίν καὶ ὁ ἀριθμὸς αὐτοῦ χξς

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