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Revelation: Chapter 13, Continued – The Second Beast. (Edited).

F.) The second beast is introduced as the beast out of the earth. A religious power is being discussed evident from the signs. Though the beast has “two horns like a lamb,” a symbol signifying a godlike character similar to what was spoken of Christ, (see C. 5:6) but he speaks as “a dragon.” We noted earlier: The only dragon ever mentioned anywhere in God’s Word is Satan (despite what some translators and linguists have suggested of godly Rahab’s name ……

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Revelation: Chapter 13 continued, The First Beast. (Edited).

 C.) The beast is blasphemous --- blaspheming God, his name, and his tabernacle. I suggest here the word tabernacle may refer to the church, which is in concert and analogous to the signs, symbols and details found in Daniel 7.        D.) The authority of the first beast is over “every tribe, tongue, and nation.” This undoubtedly refers to the Roman Empire and its establishment over the colonized world prior to the beginning of the Christian age. Note that the…

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Revelation: Chapter 13, The Beast from the Land and the Beast from the Sea (Edited)

The two beasts are introduced in chapter 13. The beast that rises out of the sea is first and is accorded the greatest detail. He is described with seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns and has “on his heads a blasphemous name.” The beast coming up out of the earth, with two horns like a lamb’s follows him, of whom it was said, he “spoke like a dragon.” The first of these beasts is the more powerful and…

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Revelation: Chapter 12, The Woman with Child, and the Dragon (Edited)

Three signs are introduced in the first three verses. e first is of the woman with child. She is described as clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and with a garland of twelve stars with twelve crowns. The honored woman is representative of the faithful remnant from the old covenant, which brought forth the Messiah of promise, and which then becomes or is combined with the faithful of the new covenant and Kingdom of Heaven - the…

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Chapter Twelve: Introduction to The Woman, the Child, the Dragon: The Mystery of God and Avenging of the Apostles and Prophets

Chapter 12 begins with a vision of events that have already taken place, similarly to the manner and in succession to the events of chapter 11. It also sets the time frame for the events that succeed it. This chapter (12) is the beginning of the last major division of the prophetic passages (which runs through chapter 22:5). The first minor division of the book of Revelation includes chapters 1 through 3 and gave us the introductions, salutations, and vision of the letters to…

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Revelation: Chapter 11. The Two Witnesses and the Seventh Trumpet Pt. 2 (Edited)

Forty-two months stands for another period that is set by God, which will have a start and stop, but is not necessarily to be interpreted using exact numbers or dates – the same as all the rest of the time signs. This is the only number that occurs in all of these prophecies, although it is stated or accounted three different ways. We noted earlier that 42 months (“time, times and half a time, etc. etc.), is the actual time…

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Revelation: Chapter 11. The Two Witnesses and the Seventh Trumpet Sounds. (Edited.)

This section presents something which acts again to date the events and point to the current issues looking forward to and predicting (once more) the destruction of the Jewish state. It does not follow the form of the previous visions and rather than another vision as such, it seems to be a discourse upon or explanatory of some events which fit with the previous signs. The first portion of the chapter except for the first verse and the narrative of…

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Revelation: Chapter 10 – The Little Book (Edited)

There is another interlude prior to the sounding of the seventh trumpet. Another angel is seen coming down from heaven, “clothed with a cloud, a rainbow on his head, his face like the sun and with feet like pillars of fire.” He holds a small book (the word indicates more that it is not a large book nor as large as the first scroll content wise: it is a smaller scroll size wise). When the angel cries out, “seven thunders…

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Revelation: Chapter 9 – The Fifth and Sixth Trumpets

“Woe to the inhabitants of the earth because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound.” Two more judgments are to begin and as with the others, the intent is bringing those to repentance who stand against God’s chosen. The locust (v.1-12): This plague or torment is likened to swarms of locust. But, these are also locust prepared for “war.” In appearance these are fearsome warriors, but have only power to torment, not…

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Revelation: Interpreting the First Four Trumpets (Edited)

Interpreting the First Four Trumpets. The trumpets sound after the interlude in heaven following the opening of the seventh seal. As stated, the first four trumpets are no different than the forces unleashed in the first four seals, which also appear as the four winds of C. 7. Rather than new events under each of these signs, it is a repetition of the same forces or conditions in each instance; indicating the surety, nearness and scope of the coming tribulation.…

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