DRAGON AND BEAST (12-16)

WAR IN HEAVEN

The Woman, Son, and the Dragon – (Revelation 12:1-6War breaks out in “heaven.” After the Dragon fails to destroy the “son,” he persecutes the followers of the Lamb, the “seed of the woman”)

War in Heaven and on the Earth – (Revelation 12:7-17Expelled from Heaven, the Dragon attempts to destroy the Woman by persecuting her “seed,” followers of Jesus )

Victory over the Dragon – The Triumph of the Saints – (Revelation 12:11The saints overcome the Dragon and his forces through the death of the Lamb and their faithful witness, “even unto death”)

The Seed of the Woman – (Revelation 12:17The vision of the “Dragon” persecuting the “seed of the Woman” represents Satan’s present “war” against the saints of God)

WAR ON THE EARTH

The Beast from the Sea – (Revelation 13:1-5The Dragon begins his war on the “seed of the Woman” by summoning his “seed,” the Beast from the sea)

The Beast Attacks the Saints – (Revelation 13:6-10The Beast from the sea now wages war on the followers of the Lamb in obedience to the Dragon)

The Beast from the Earth, the False Prophet – (Revelation 13:11-15The Beast from the earth mimics the Lamb but is the mouthpiece of the Dragon and the Beast from the sea)

The Mark of the Beast – 666 – (Revelation 13:16-18Humanity is divided into two groups – men who have the mark of the Beast, and those who bear the name of the Lamb’s Father)

Embracing the Mark of the Beast – (Revelation 13:11-18The “inhabitants of the earth” are willing participants in the veneration of the Beast and Christians are not immune from the danger of taking its “mark” or number)

The Priestly Company on Mount Zion – (Revelation 14:1-5The priestly company of 144,000 unblemished “males” constitutes a “first fruits” of the coming harvest)

The Everlasting Gospel – The Coming Harvests – (Revelation 14:6-7Having contrasted the followers of the Lamb with those of the Beast, we must choose between the two, each with a different everlasting consequence )

The Fall of Babylon Announced – (Revelation 14:8-11Two more angels appear and announce the judicial sentence of God on “Babylon” and the “inhabitants of the earth”)

The Final “Grain” Harvest – (Two different “harvests” are to occur at the end of the age – The reaping of the “grain,” and the ingathering of the “fruit of the vine” – Revelation 14:12-16)

The Final Ingathering of “Grapes” – (The final ingathering of the “fruit of the vine” portrays the outpouring of the “wrath of God” on all men who take the “mark of the Beast” – Revelation 14:17-20)

THE SEVEN BOWLS OF WRATH

The Sea of Glass and the Song of Moses – (Having “overcome” the Beast, the victorious People of God stand “upon” the Sea of Glass to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb – Revelation 15:1-4)

The Sanctuary and the Tent of Witness – (Revelation 15:5-8 – The destructive force of the seven “last plagues” corresponds to the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea after Israel passed through the sea)

The First Four Bowls of Wrath – (Revelation 16:1-9The first four Bowls of Wrath destroy the economic infrastructure of the realm of the Beast)

The Fifth Bowl of Wrath – (Revelation 16:10-11The first four “bowls” undermined the economic structure of the World-Power; now, the fifth “bowl” targets its political dimension)

The Sixth Bowl of Wrath – Armageddon – (Revelation 16:12-16The sixth “bowl” begins the final battle between the “Lamb” and the “Dragon” – Armageddon)

The Seventh Bowl of Wrath – Babylon Judged – (Revelation 16:17-21The seventh “bowl of Wrath” produces the final overthrow of Babylon, the Great City)

RELATED TOPICS

John’s Single Beast from the Sea Compared to Daniel’s Four – (The single “beast from the sea” in Revelation is related to but distinct from the four beasts of Daniel – Revelation 13:1-10)

Why do the Nations Rage? – (Psalm 2:1-9The New Testament applies the plot against the Messiah from the second Psalm to the conspiracy of the leaders of the Jewish nation to slay Jesus)

The Seal of God or the Mark of the Beast – (In Revelation, “all” means “all.” All rulers, nations, and inhabitants of the earth that refuse to follow the Lamb will render homage to the Beast)

The Mark of the Beast – Considerations – (When we imbibe the values of the existing world order, we begin to take the “mark of the Beast”)

The Abyss – (The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, yet it is under the authority of the Lamb)

The Military Campaigns of the Beast – (The language of war is employed in Revelation to portray the assaults of the Dragon against the saints who follow the Lamb)

The Universal Extent of the Beast’s Reign – (In Revelation, “all” means “all.” All rulers and nations that refuse to follow the Lamb render homage to the Beast)

The Kings of the East – (Revelation 16:12 The “Kings of the East” are identical to the “Kings of the Earth” allied with the “Beast from the Sea”)

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