SYNOPSIS – Next, the Rider on a White Horse destroys the “Beast from the sea” and the “False Prophet” – Revelation 19:17-21.
The final paragraph of Chapter 19 details the destruction of the “Beast from the sea” along with the “False Prophet,” the latter called elsewhere the “Beast from the earth.” The passage does not state where this “war” will occur other than on the earth. What is in focus is the destruction of the “Beast” and the “False Prophet,” and their destruction in the “Lake of Fire.”
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SYNOPSIS: Humanity is divided into two groups – men who have the mark of the Beast, and those who bear the name of the Lamb’s Father – Revelation 13:16-18.
The “mark of the Beast” is the Dragon’s counterfeit of the “seal of God” that is placed on the foreheads of the followers of the Lamb. The “inhabitants of the earth” that take this mark are contrasted with the saints who stand on “Zion” with the Lamb and have his Father’s “name written on their foreheads” – (Revelation 7:1-3, 14:1-4, 19:2-5, 22:3-6).
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SYNOPSIS: The Beast from the earth mimics the Lamb but is the mouthpiece of the Dragon and the Beast from the sea – Revelation 13:11-15.
Earlier, John “heard a great voice in heaven” proclaim victory because of the blood of the Lamb – Salvation and the reign of the Messiah had arrived, and the Dragon was “cast out of heaven.” The voice called on the “heavens and they who tabernacle in them” to rejoice. But the Dragon was not finished, for the voice also declared – “Woe to the earth and the sea, for the Devil is come down to you having great wrath” – (Revelation 12:9-12).
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Synopsis: The “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.
Discussions on the “mark of the Beast” tend to focus on questions about what it is, precisely, and most often, what is the significance of its number or ‘666.’ Putting aside such questions, as important as they are, issues of far more relevance to the Christian must be addressed – How is this mark implemented? How does a believer avoid taking the “mark” or the “number of the Beast”? Continue reading Embracing the Mark of the Beast