Revelation Chapter 13
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2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 13 Bible commentary...
A wild beast rises out of the sea, to whom the dragon gives his power. (1-10) Another beast, which has two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. (11-15) It obliges all to worship its image, and receive its mark, as persons devoted to it. (16-18)1-10 The apostle, standing on the shore, saw a savage beast rise out of the sea; a tyrannical, idolatrous, persecuting power, springing up out of the troubles which took place. It was a frightful monster! It appears to mean that worldly, oppressing dominion, which for many ages, even from the times of the Babylonish captivity, had been hostile to the church. The first beast then began to oppress and persecute the righteous for righteousness' sake, but they suffered most under the fourth beast of Daniel, (the Roman empire,) which has afflicted the saints with many cruel persecutions. The source of its power was the dragon. It was set up by the devil, and supported by him. The wounding the head may be the abolishing pagan idolatry; and the healing of the wound, introducing popish idolatry, the same in substance, only in a new dress, but which as effectually answers the devil's design. The world admired its power, policy and success. They paid honour and subjection to the devil and his instruments. It exercised infernal power and policy, requiring men to render that honour to creatures which belongs to God alone. Yet the devil's power and success are limited. Christ has a chosen remnant, redeemed by his blood, recorded in his book, sealed by his Spirit; and though the devil and antichrist may overcome the body, and take away the natural life, they cannot conquer the soul, nor prevail with true believers to forsake their Saviour, and join his enemies. Perseverance in the faith of the gospel and true worship of God, in this great hour of trial and temptation, which would deceive all but the elect, is the character of those registered in the book of life. This powerful motive and encouragement to constancy, is the great design of the whole Revelation.
11-18 Those who understand the first beast to denote a worldly power, take the second to be also a persecuting and assumed power, which acts under the disguise of religion, and of charity to the souls of men. It is a spiritual dominion, professing to be derived from Christ, and exercised at first in a gentle manner, but soon spake like the dragon. Its speech betrayed it; for it gives forth those false doctrines and cruel decrees, which show it to belong to the dragon, and not to the Lamb. It exercised all the power of the former beast. It pursues the same design, to draw men from worshipping the true God, and to subject the souls of men to the will and control of men. The second beast has carried on its designs, by methods whereby men should be deceived to worship the former beast, in the new shape, or likeness made for it. By lying wonders, pretended miracles. And by severe censures. Also by allowing none to enjoy natural or civil rights, who will not worship that beast which is the image of the pagan beast. It is made a qualification for buying and selling, as well as for places of profit and trust, that they oblige themselves to use all their interest, power, and endeavour, to forward the dominion of the beast, which is meant by receiving his mark. To make an image to the beast, whose deadly wound was healed, would be to give form and power to his worship, or to require obedience to his commands. To worship the image of the beast, implies being subject to those things which stamp the character of the picture, and render it the image of the beast. The number of the beast is given, so as to show the infinite wisdom of God, and to exercise the wisdom of men. The number is the number of a man, computed after the usual manner among men, and it is 666. What or who is intended by this, remains a mystery. To almost every religious dispute this number has yet been applied, and it may reasonably be doubted whether the meaning has yet been discovered. But he who has wisdom and understanding, will see that all the enemies of God are numbered and marked out for destruction; that the term of their power will soon expire, and that all nations shall submit to our King of righteousness and peace.
Michael's Revelation Chapter 13 comment about verse 16 on 6/15/2013, 2:54pm...
I believe the end days are coming.and when the time comes I will have already ben saved hopefully.
Ps. Emmanuel's Revelation Chapter 13 comment about verse 3 on 5/31/2013, 11:49pm...
Whatever battle we are fighting for Christ, we have to fight it to the end, whatever race we are running for Christ, until we have come to the finishing point we can't give up. Paul in the book of Gala 4:19 said, my children, I am suffering birth pains for you again until Christ is formed in you.
Until Christ was formed in the hearts of the Galatians He was not going to be free from BIRTH PAINS. I believe we all know what BIRTH PAINS ARE?
The head of the beast was brutally wounded meaning it was engage in fiercest BATTLE (Rev. 3:14) but it was not killed.
You see David after killing Goliath rushed unto the dead huge giant and cut of the Head. We have to finish the fight we are fighting for Christ on earth and finish the race we are running for our Lord here. After the beast was healed, we saw what it did. (Rev. 3:11-18)
My point is whatever we are doing for Christ, if it has to be DONE, has to be DONEWELL. We have to the take it to the FINISHING POINT. We can’t live it half finished. Other than that it will come back strong to hunt us. BE BLESSED.
Solomon Onalethata's Revelation Chapter 13 comment on 5/30/2013, 9:09am...
REVELATIONS 13 16
The book of revelations is all about prophecies that John saw through the spirit of which some of them are been fullfilled at this present world..All this prophecies are to take place before and during the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ..So if any man have an ear let him hear the word of God and repent while it is still day.
DAVID's Revelation Chapter 13 comment about verse 18 on 3/15/2013, 2:47pm...
I BELIEVE, HAVE FAITH, AND KNOW THAT I HAVE UNDERSTANDING. BUT DO I KNOW ALL THINGS THAT GOD SAY? NO. BUT I STILL SEEK TO KNOW! MY LORD AND MY GOD CHRISTJESUS MADE SURE I KNEW WHAT REOENT MEAN, IT MEANS TO TURN AWAY, TURN AWAY FROM EVERY WEIGHT THAT IS HOLDING ME BACK FROM DOING THE WILL OF GOD, AND RECEIVNG HIS GRACE!!! JESUSCHRIST TOLD ME THAT THERE ARE MANY ANTI-CHRIST IN THE WORLD, THEY OF WHOM WE WOULD HAVE NOT EVER THOUGHT, EVEN OUR OWN FAMILY THE MOST, AND THEY THAT ARE CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS.
AND SAIS IN EPHESIANS 6:12, WE WRESTLE OR FIGHT NOT WITH FLESH AND BLOOD(NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY MY UNCLE ALWAYS TRIED TO FIGHT ME, AND WHY OLDER MEN ARE ALWAYS JEALOUS OF YOUNG MEN!!).
IT IS NOT THAT MAN IS JEALOUS OF YOUNG, BUT THAT GOD CREATED MAN TO DO HIS WILL, AND AFTER HIS LIKENESS, AND THAT YOU HAVE THE DEVIL ROAMING TO AND FRO, LIKE A ROARING LION SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR, DESTROY!
GOD STILL SPEAKS TO US, AND SAID IN REVELATION 16:14, THAT, THEY ARE SPIRITS OF DEVILS/DEMONS, WORKING MIRACLES/OR PERFORMING SIGNS, WHICH GO FORTH UNTO THE KINGS OF THE EARTH AND TO THE WHOLE WORLD, TO GATHER THEM TO BATTLE AGAINST THE GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY... UNDERSTAND YOU NOT THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS TRUTH, QUICK, AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO EDGED SWORD, SERIOUSLY AS GOD TOLD US IN HEBREWS 4:12..
AND IS A DICTIONARY, AND A CONCORDANCE, AND A HISTORY BOOK! THIS IS CONFIRMATION THAT THE WORD OF GOD, IS REALLY THE WORD OF GOD AND NOT OF ANY MAN(2 PETER 1:21).
Jim Stubits's Revelation Chapter 13 comment about verse 18 on 3/07/2013, 12:40pm...
I have made a board game called six hundred threescore and six to unfold the mystery of this number. Interesting.
Anon's Revelation Chapter 13 comment about verse 18 on 2/08/2013, 1:57am...
The number of a man is obtained by using the process of gemmatria to find the numbers of his name, date and day of birth. In the case of the beast the name is that of a country; in its own language and using its own alphabet its number is six. The date indicated is that of the beginning of its war of world conquest, which also adds up to six and falls on Saturday. The official name of Germany was ‘Deutsches Reich’ from 1871-1945. World War I began on Saturday, August 1, 1914. The number of this name, date and day is six hundred and sixty-six.
Tom Whale's Revelation Chapter 13 comment about verse 16 on 1/29/2013, 10:27am...
Nowhere in the Bible does it tell you that the mark on the forehead coverts you to the Roman Catholic Church. You are saved through Christ, not in accepting the catholic faith. Follow scriptures not the books written by the Catholic Church.
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