Mar 28, 2023
علامة الوحش 666 (رؤيا 13)
Dấu hiệu của con thú là năm 666 (Khải huyền 13)
Знак звіра — 666 (Об’явлення 13)
Начертание зверя - 666 (Откровение 13)
पशु की छाप 666 है (प्रकाशितवाक्य 13)
Ang Marka ng Halimaw ay 666 (Pahayag 13)
Das Zeichen des Tieres ist 666 (Offenbarung 13)
Žig Zvijeri je 666 (Otkrivenje 13)
Mak bèt la se 666 (Revelasyon 13)
獸的印記是 666（啟示錄 13）
Alama ya Mnyama ni 666 (Ufunuo 13)
Semnul fiarei este 666 (Apocalipsa 13)
علامت وحش 666 است (مکاشفه 13)
Dyrets mærke er 666 (Åbenbaringen 13)
兽的印记是 666（启示录 13）
סימן החיה הוא 666 (התגלות 13)
Tanda Binatang itu ialah 666 (Wahyu 13)
La Marque de la Bête est 666 (Apocalypse 13)
A Marca da Besta é 666 (Apocalipse 13)
Il Marchio della Bestia è 666 (Apocalisse 13)
La Marca de la Bestia es 666 (Apocalipsis 13)
Het merkteken van het beest is 666 (Openbaring 13)
Το σημάδι του θηρίου είναι 666 (Αποκάλυψη 13)
جانور کا نشان 666 ہے (مکاشفہ 13)
짐승의 표는 666입니다(요한계시록 13장).
Vilddjurets märke är 666 (Uppenbarelseboken 13)
เครื่องหมายของสัตว์ร้ายคือ 666 (วิวรณ์ 13)
La Marque de la Bête est 666 (Apocalypse 13)
Scripture reading – Revelation 13
Our Scripture reading places us prophetically in the latter times described in the Bible as “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) and the “great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21; Revelation 7:14). A scroll with seven seals was opened by Christ, and each seal announced a great judgment that would follow (Revelation 6). Breaking the first four of the seven seals, four horsemen of the Apocalypse went forth from the Lord leaving in their way paths of judgment, destruction and death (Revelation 6:1-8). Then, the fifth and sixth seals were opened, and each heralded a new season of suffering and sorrow (Revelation 6:9-17).
The seventh and final seal was opened in Revelation 8, and the judgments that followed were announced by seven trumpets. The troubles and trials of the first four trumpets were described in Revelation 8:7-12. Before the fifth trumpet was sounded, John observed “and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth” (Revelation 8:13). Then, the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets sounded, and announced a season of “woe” that would afflict the earth and its inhabitants during the great tribulation (Revelation 9:1-11:19).
Revelation 12 introduced the presence of the devil who was portrayed as a “great red dragon,” and described the war he has waged against God since his fall (Revelation 12:3-4, 7-9). Revelation 13 introduced two other characters and the role they will have when they join forces under the devil, and wage war against the Lord and mankind.
To put the introduction of the Antichrist in context, consider the preceding verse where his master, “the dragon,” was described as making war against Israel (portrayed as “the woman,” Revelation 12:1-2, 13-17), and “the remnant” of believers who “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” during the tribulation (Revelation 12:17).
Briefly, Revelation 13:1-10 gives a spiritual portrait of the Antichrist (the “beast”) and the power imparted to him by the dragon (the devil, Revelation 13:1-2). With the exception of a few who refused to take the mark of the beast, the world will worship the antichrist, even while he wages war against those who will be saved during the tribulation (Revelation 13:3-11).
John observed another who arose after the Antichrist (the first beast, Revelation 13:1-3), and described him as “another beast coming up out of the earth” (Revelation 13:11a). Though portrayed as beasts, we must remember these are real men, given over to serve Satan and empowered by demon spirits. While the Antichrist was determined to be the supreme ruler of the nations of the earth (Revelation 13:1-2, 8), the second man, portrayed as a beast, sought to persuade men to worship the Antichrist (Revelation 13:12). He manifested demonic power like the Antichrist (Revelation 13:12), performed miracles (calling fire down from heaven, Revelation 13:13), and persuaded men to worship the image of the antichrist (Revelation 13:14).
Revelation 13 closed with verses that should resonate with some living in a society that is becoming more oppressive and restrictive. Recent advancements in “Artificial Intelligence” (AI), and robotics has made what we read in verse 15 not only convincing, but plausible. For instance, John observed the second beast (Revelation 13:11), whom scholars identify as the “false prophet,” and it was said to have “power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15).
The sign of those who worshipped the beast was a “mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads” (Revelation 13:16). Again, modern technology has instituted small devices that can be implanted in the body, and serve as digital conduits of every detail of a man’s life, private information, and movements. There are politicians and maniacal authoritarians who would have government control every aspect of our lives, finances, and freedoms. The ground work and means for this phase of the tribulation is already present, for the ”false teacher” will control the economy, and “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17).
Closing thoughts (Revelation 13:18) - The closing verse stated, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (Revelation 13:18). The meaning of that statement is uncertain, but we can deduce some meaning in this: the number seven is the number associated with God, and His perfection (for He created six days, and on the seventh rested); the number six is the number of man (for man was created on the sixth day, and by sin is imperfect). So, we read, “the number of the beast…is Six hundred threescore and six (666)” (Revelation 13:18).
What does it mean? I don’t know, but I know this…the days of the Antichrist are numbered, and his judgment is determined. John observes in Revelation 19:20 – “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”
By the way, do you know your days are also numbered? David exhorted believers, “So teach us to number our days, That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
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