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Jul 26, 2009 | Lance Hahn

Revelation - Part 21

The Beast From the Sea l Revelation 13:1-10

QUOTE

“Paul (the Apostle) thinks of the supreme effort of Satan as not in the past, but in the future. He does not think of the world as gradually evolving into a perfect state, but of evil as continuing right up till the last time. Then evil will make it’s greatest challenge to good, and this challenge will be led by the mysterious figure who owes his power to Satan, and who is the instrument of Stan’s culminating challenge to the things of God.”  

L. L. Morris, New Bible Dictionary

 

The ___________ is Satan’s Strategic ________ Man in the Final Battle for _____________

 

NOTES

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Questions for the Heart and Spirit

  1. There are many different interpretations for who the beast of the sea is:  Antichrist, Satanic Forces, Nero himself!  How could such different views affect somebody’s worldview?  Ultimately, how will our beliefs affect our actions?
  2. “You must retain faith that you can prevail to greatness in the end, while retaining the discipline to confront the brutal facts of your current reality.” Said of Admiral Stockdale while he was in the Hanoi Hilton. Do you agree with Admiral Stockdale’s views in tough times?

 Questions for the Mind

  1. 1.     READ:  Rev 13:1-10, 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, 2 John 7, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Dan. 7.  Who or what is the beast of the sea? What is the significance of the sea to Israel?  Is the beast/antichrist in Revelation, Daniel, and 1/2 John the same?  Is he a present reality or a future abomination?
  2. 2.     READ:  Rev. 13:1-2, Dan. 7;1-8, 21, Dan. 7:17, 23.  What do these descriptions of the beasts represent?  Are they kingdoms past, present, or future empires?  What is the significance of the 10 horns?  Who is ultimately granting the throne/authority of the beast?
  3. 3.     READ:  Rev. 13:3-6, 5:6, Dan. 7:8, Ex. 15:11. Does the mortal wound apply to Antiochus IV, Rome, or a future modern miracle of medicine?  Could there be another answer?  What are the similarities between v.4 of Rev. and Ex. 15:11?  Why does God allow such arrogance by the beast?
  4. 4.     READ:  Rev: 13:7-10, Eph. 1:4-14, Ex. 32-33, Dan. 12:1, Luke 10:20, Rev. 3:5, 17:8, 20:15.  The beast was allowed to conquer, blaspheme, make “war on the saints” for forty-two months.  How is this possible for a raptured church?  How do you reconcile this with the other views?  John alludes to the names in the Lamb’s Book of Life being written “before the foundation of the world.”  How does God’s sovereignty in this give you peace?  In what ways could that also be terrifying?

Application

  • How can we put our current trials (finances, economy, relationship issues) in their place in light of future trials that seem to dwarf them?
  • Are your friends and family’s names in the Lamb’s Book of Life?  How can we partner w/God in that?
  • How can we look to the solid life-giving Word of God that is stable in a world where current events always seem to appear that things are going to fall apart?

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