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Revelation Chapter 13


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Studying and praying is the key to understanding any scripture. Relying on church tradition is not always the best thing to do because they may be going by what their elders told them and not be studying the scripture for themselves.

We have available manuscripts in libraries and on the Internet, we have people that have a biblical knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, we have many other sources also but even those must be studied with prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Another factor to consider is that like the book of Daniel, Revelation is a sealed book only to be revealed at the right time. When the time is right we will begin to understand it more and more. Maybe now is that time, who knows.

Remember it is the one book of the bible that promises a blessing to those who not only read it but keep the words written within it. How can we keep something we don’t understand? It is meant to be understood or else that promise of blessing would not be there but I believe as the end times draw near, we will understand this book as each day grows closer to the fulfillment.

Many Middle Age churches may not have had a clue as to how to learn from the Holy Spirit. Many times we do make the mistake of interpreting scriptures in the light of events happening in the time period in which we live. For instance, before 1948 many references to Israel would be hard to understand and that is why so many great theologians thought that Israel meant the church since national Israel was not in existence.

That was a huge mistake. When we read of Babylon we assume it is another city besides Babylon because Babylon does not exist. So many think Mystery Babylon is the United States for instance. That could be but do we know for sure? Israel exists now when it did not exist for almost 2000 years, why not Babylon?

  • Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

We know this is not Satan because he is represented by the dragon that gives his power to this beast. I believe this beast is the antichrist who arose in chapter 4 as the white horse rider going forth to conquer. By this time, the middle of the tribulation he gains even more power and is given power by Satan.

The sea usually represents a sea of people or the sea of humanity. When we read Daniel we see that beasts in that book represent kingdoms. For instance the lion represented Babylon, the bear Persia, the leopard was the Grecian Empire, and the fierce great and terrible beast was the Roman Empire. Since the antichrist is pictured as a beast, he is the head of an empire attempting to control the whole world and almost succeeds in doing so.

A great false religion or a great whore rides this beast and helps the beast gain power. The beast and the 10 kings then hate the whore and burn her with fire. We will be studying that in chapter 17 in more detail.

Evil rulers before this beast are like forerunners or hints of the last final master of iniquity who arises among the sea of people and he will attempt to deceive with signs and lying wonders.

This is why it is important to avoid idolizing a human being, man or woman even if they appear to be great. This idolatry will lead us into deception. We must respect our leaders but that is all. We must never think of them so high that we lose our sense of right and wrong. God's word must be taken above their words.

Even with our pastors, leaders and such today, we must measure what they say by the word of God and watch their fruits. We do not have to be the accuser of the brethren and nitpick on every mistake they make but if we give ourselves to prayer and the study of the word avoiding any desire to listen to gossip, we will know their fruits whether they are good or evil. If we find ourselves looking to them a little too much or when they say something clearly opposite of God's word and we think within ourselves well, if they said that, it must be true, we are in trouble.

Look at the people who followed Jim Jones who claimed to speak for God. There were many hints that would clearly show a true bible believer that this man was false.

  • Revelation 13:2 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.

This beast had features similar to all the beasts mentioned in Daniel so he has to be the one who controls the area that was once controlled by those beasts. The lion was Babylon, the bear was the Persian and the leopard was Greece under Alexander the Great. When he died it separated into four sections in which four generals were ruling over them. These divisions was Greece, Turkey, Syria and Egypt.

Since the future antichrist has to come from one of those divisions, we know he is called the king of the north from studying Daniel so one assumption is that he comes from Syria, directly north of Israel. He is also called the king of Babylon so it is believed by some that Babylon is rebuilt and he rules from there until the middle of the tribulation where he sets up headquarters in Jerusalem, defiles the temple and breaks the covenant with the Israelis, causing them to flee to the wilderness.

Ten horns with crowns would certainly represent kingdoms that the antichrist has taken over or used subtlety to get them to relinquish their power and give their power to him.

Notice the ten kings are already in existence before the rise of the antichrist.

The image that King Nebuchadnezzar saw is what we need to look at again along with Daniel’s other visions of Gentile world powers.

The fact that this beast has control over ten kingdoms lead some to believe that he does not have dominion over the entire world but probably would have if Jesus did not return in time. There are other scriptures that seem to indicate that he does have worldwide power.

In the days of the Roman Empire, they were the last empire that came close to ruling the entire known world. That was the whole world to those people who lived then. America was not known as yet. So perhaps the whole world means the region of the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.

We see though that even if he doesn't control America, the way the world revolves around whoever is the most powerful shows us that it will influence the entire world as we know it.

The United States is the greatest world power right now so this is not us. We have never controlled the territory that is represented by those kings. Yet so many think America is the Great Whore that we will study later. Also so many are predicting our demise in one hour. I am not yet in agreement with that interpretation. We shall see. I do know that unless we have a national repentance, we are in trouble along with any nation that comes against Israel or casts God out of their whole system like He is insignificant.

When this beast arises, I can't see a powerful America standing by and letting it happen unless we have either become so weak that we have no power to stop it, those in power at the time refuse to get involved, or we are so deceived that we send our armies to help this man. Another thought is that we do not exist at this time and the modern day prophets are right when they say American will be destroyed. I believe though that with a good president that does not pressure Israel in dividing their land for peace, we may last longer as a nation.

We do not have to be destroyed spiritually if we stay in the right place with God and not be moved away. We do not have to understand all these things perfectly to have our sins forgiven and have the Holy Spirit within us. All we have to do is repent of sin and believe the gospel.

  • Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Some think this means that the antichrist will be killed but rise from the dead mimicing the resurrection of Jesus. This could be but if the antichrist is the beast, he has seven heads but only one is wounded. If the seven heads represent seven kingdoms then that one head has to be one of the kingdoms or perhaps one of the kingdoms that once existed but was destroyed yet returns in the latter days.

Perhaps Babylon being rebuilt would be one of this heads wounded but coming back into existence. There is another verse in this chapter than leans toward the beast being an empire that once existed and has returned. We will read more about Babylon in further chapters.

Here is some verses in chapter 17 about this:

  • Revelation 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
  • 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
  • 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
  • 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

The seven kingdoms were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medio-Persia, Greece and Rome and latter day revised Rome. Five of these are fallen. Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medio-Persia, Greece. The one that existed in John’s day was Rome and one is yet to come.

Egypt exists but not as an empire. They will always be a base kingdom and very small as prophesied in the book of Ezekiel. The ten kings will come from the Roman Empire territory but will not be revived but revised in the latter days of the tribulation or just before it. One of these heads is what is wounded, not the antichrist although I’m not saying this antichrist will not be wounded and brought back to life, I just do not see it in these scriptures for it says only one of the heads is wounded on that beast.

The wounded head just might be Babylon that was destroyed but brought back to life for latter day fulfillment of prophecy. However, since the favored interpretation is the literal head of the antichrist being wounded and he was resurrected, I'm not going to oppose it but if it doesn't happen that way, it doesn't mean he is not the antichrist. 

Another thought is that Jesus is the resurrection and the life and it looks like He is the only one besides God the Father that could raise the someone from the dead.

  • Revelation 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

This beast has seven heads. These represent Gentile powers that have ruled Israel at one time or another. Five kingdoms have fallen, the 10 kings are the revised Roman Empire that will form in Europe or the territory that once was part of the Old Roman Empire, and then we will see the beast or antichrist coming as the 8th kingdom being the revised Grecian Empire. In these latter days some believe all these kingdoms are the Islamic nations that surround Israel.

The first mountain kingdom is Egypt. Egypt was once a kingdom and the first to oppress Israel. It will be one of the four divisions of Greece under the antichrist in the latter days.

The second mountain kingdom is Assyria. It destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel in the days where Israel and Judah were divided after the death of Solomon.

Babylon was the third world kingdom to oppress Israel. This area would be modern day Iraq. We read of this in the book of Daniel represented by a lion and a head of gold.

The fourth mountain kingdom is Medo-Persia. This is modern day Iran. This kingdom defeated Babylon and allowed the Jews to return to their homeland. Symbolized by the arms and breast of silver on the image in the book of Daniel. It is also symbolized by the bear.

Greece was the next kingdom that was divided into four divisions. This is symbolized by belly and thighs of brass and by a leopard in another vision and also a he goat with a notable horn between his eyes in Daniel 8. That horn was Alexander the Great. When that horn was broken off (When Alexander died) four other horns or divisions came in its place. A man that is fierce and a forerunner of the Antichrist comes from one of those divisions also called the little horn.

  • Daniel 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
  • 21 And the rough goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
  • 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
  • 23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
  • 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

The verse that says, “The latter time of their kingdom” shows us this kingdom will be revived and a fierce king understanding dark sentences shall stand up similar to the man that already lived just after the days of Daniel. This is the future antichrist who will be worse than all before him.

Notice that this man will make the economy good. However let's not assume all leaders that help make a good economy are the antichrist. God blesses nations that honor Him. Those that are evil usually use evil means to build the economy like overtaxing the people, using wicked means to raise money. That kind of person will eventually be brought to nothing like Adolf Hitler.

The sixth mountain kingdom is Rome. That one was symbolized by iron in the image of Daniel chapter 2 and a non descriptive beast.

The seventh will be revised Rome symbolized by the toes on the image part clay and part iron. The antichrist will come as the 8th world Gentile kingdom to oppress Israel and revive the latter day Grecian Empire. The ten horns or ten kings are rulers over the revised Roman Empire and the Antichrist is over the revised Grecian Empire. Rome will never be headed by one man as we see in Daniel’s image.

  • Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

So whoever is here at that time and I hope none of us are around, we can look for Babylon to be rebuilt or else a man that everyone looks to as a leader, gets killed and then resurrected probably by the false prophet that is coming later. One hour in verse 12 may indicate it will be a short space of time and not lengthy. We can only speculate at this time unless God reveals more to us later.

When comparing Daniel's visions with these visions we see, the 10 kingdoms form first before the rise of this wicked one who we call the antichrist. Anti could mean more than against Christ, it could mean in place of Christ or as a false representation of Him. Daniel writes of 10 horns but three broken off when the little horn arises in its place. It may be that this antichrist will subdue three kingdoms among those 10. Three may try to resist him. I can't see any Muslim nations willingly giving their power to any other nation. Perhaps those three that resist are Muslim nations.

  • Revelation 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

He probably will appear on the scene as a great person who cares for the poor and will have programs in place to do those kinds of things. It is wonderful to have in place food programs and things to feed the hungry. We should all be concerned about the poor. A word of caution however, there are some that do good works to be seen of men and to gain power over men. Look at the politicians that use the poor and promise them things to get their votes. Yet the poor never pull themselves up out of poverty because those that are using them to get votes want them to stay poor and depend on the government to exist. Not good. Learning to work, own their own property and provide for their own families is always best.

I am afraid I don’t trust in anyone that arises out of nowhere and causes everyone to be enamored with him promising all the good stuff and promotes class envy and such. Jim Jones started out as one who helped the poor. That was the way he gained the confidence of his followers. He pretended to care about them in order to deceive them.


God gave us His written word sent down to us through centuries of wars, deception, apostasy and even book burnings. Yet it survived I believe by the power of God. There may be a few translation errors according to some, some deny that but the faithful men did a good job and did their best to translate the bible into a language all could understand.

If we forsake that and take the word of man either equal to or above that word, it is to our own peril.  Labor more for the things eternal not just to gain things in this life. We should provide for our families and have necessary things but to be obsessed with material gains is not spiritually healthy.

  • John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
    27 Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

Before I continue, I want to point out that sometimes we do really have good leaders that are genuine and cause the economy to do well and they really do help people get jobs and such. That doesn't mean he or she is antichrist, it just means they love God and are good people. However, there are fakes that make the same promises and use it to get votes.

  • Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
  • 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

When we reject the truth and refuse to repent and believe the word of Jesus Christ, we open ourselves us to deception. We will believe a lie if we reject the truth first. This is why so many will be deceived and believe this deceiver. Jesus warned the Jews when He walked the earth:

  • John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Why did so many follow after Hitler shouting in the streets giving praise to his name? They were deceived. The days of Hitler will be mild compared to the days of the great tribulation.

  • Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

We see here that he was given power over all nations but again it could be only the nations that were ruled by those ten kings that were once part of the old Roman Empire territory. For a season power was given to him even to overcome and kill the believers in Jesus Christ. This antichrist is constantly at war with nations so he will not gain full power until it gets close to the end of the tribulation because he is always at war with someone to the north of him probably Russia.

  • Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

All those who belong to Jesus Christ will not worship this beast.

I don't believe our names were in this book from the foundation but the plan of God was to save mankind by His Son's death and resurrection from the foundation of the world. Our names are written in that book the moment we are born again by the spirit of God.

The blood of Jesus not only cleanses us from all sin but will keep us from being deceived if we stay alert, watch and pray. Our free will is never taken from us though. We can choose to be deceived if we willfully stop following Jesus Christ and choose rather to escape suffering, loss of jobs, etc. and take the mark of the beast.

  • Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Notice those words. “If any man have an ear, let him hear.” We’ve heard these words before but with something added. In each letter to the church Christ says, “He that hath ear let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.” Now we see that the “what the spirit says to the churches” is no longer there. Could it be because the church is not there and is with the Lord before this event occurs?

  • Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Why would this be called the patience and faith of the saints. God is showing us here that the power of the antichrist is limited. It is only for a short time. Read the back of this book and we see that the Lord wins in the long run. If they kill, they will be killed. They will reap what they sow.
Here are different names for the antichrist in the bible:

  1. Antichrist – 1 John 2:18,22, 4:3 and 2 John 7
  2. The Assyrian – Isaiah 10: 20-27; 30:18-33 and 31:4-32:20. Micah 5: 3-15. These prophecies are directed against the Assyrian king in the days of the prophets but a study of them reveals that they have a latter-day fulfillment as will.
  3. The king of Babylon Isaiah 14:4. This was a partial fulfillment with the overthrow of old Babylon by the Medes and Persians. Isaiah 13:17. The complete fulfillment seems to be in the latter days during the reign of Antichrist.
  4. The Spoiler and extortioner
  5. Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Ezekiel 38, 39 to be fulfilled at Armageddon.
  6. The Little Horn. Daniel 7:8, 24; 8:9,23
  7. The prince that shall come Daniel 9: 26,27
  8. The king of the north, Daniel 11: 36-45 This is the king of the Syrian division of the old Grecian Empire. He does not come from Russia because the antichrist will be upset by tidings from the north that takes his attention away from pursuing Israel. Daniel 11:44
  9. A king of fierce countenance Daniel 8:23
  10. The man of sin 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12
  11. The son of perdition. Same as above.

One forerunner of the Antichrist was a man named Antiochus Epiphanes. He was on his way from Rome when his father, Seleucus IV died. Another who had poisoned the king had already declared himself king as had several others, but Antiochus came home peaceably and using flattery obtained the kingdom.

By flattery he got assistance from others and courted their favor. He flattered the Romans and sent ambassadors to them and paid them tribute. He flattered the Syrians, gaining their favor and took the throne with their backing. He was considered a vile person because he was every man’s companion. He pretended to be everyone’s friend.

He also was said to have set up an abomination of desolation in the temple. Daniel 11: 31 like the antichrist does in Daniel 12:11. Talk about patterns, coincidences and double prophetic meanings. Wow.

This may be a hint of how the future antichrist will act.

  • Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

He will appear to be a gentle lamb that would harm no one but will speak the deception of Satan. This person will arise for the purpose of getting people to worship this beast. He probably will be the religious type of deceiver and lead in worship.

The antichrist appears to be a political leader while this false prophet will be the religious leader. I don’t want to offend any Catholics here but I want to cover all bases in this study. Some people think this religious leader is the pope of Rome who will help the antichrist come to power. Some believe the pope is the antichrist but some think he is only the false prophet.

There was an old prophecy back in 1148. The Archbishop Malachy of Ireland’s prophecies were written before his death in 1148. He predicted that 112 Popes would rule over the Roman Catholic Church after Pope Clandestine who reigned in 1143 to 1144.

Malachy lived in the time of Religious fear when believers thought the end of the world was near, his prophecies predicted the end of the world would arrive with the second coming of Christ around the year 2000. He also said the last four pontiffs would be anti-popes that would seek to destroy religion rather than to preserve it. According to Malachy the last pontiff will rule during a time of persecution, great Tribulation, followed by the destruction of Rome and the last judgment.

Ratzinger became pope number 111 after that prophecy was given. So the next one 112 should be the false prophet that helps the antichrist become an object of worship if this man’s prophecy is true. I’m not going to say that it is or is not. I just don’t know. We have Pope 112 now which is Pope Francis. He is different than any before him.

If we get more popes after Pope Francis, then we will know that prophecy was false.

Our present Pope seems to accept other faiths at this point in time. Perhaps in order to win the world, they compromise their Catholic faith. Who knows? Even if this prophecy comes to pass that does not mean that the one who did the prophecy had the correct faith or anything. He spoke this on his death bed. Some people can give prophecies without being perfect or have perfect doctrinal views.

  • Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

We studied about the two witnesses in previous chapters. Notice the two witnesses did these kinds of miracles too so not all that do miracles are false. Perhaps like Moses did miracles and then the magicians tried to copy the miracles is similar to what happens here. The two witnesses do miracles and so does the antichrist and false prophet.

To be fair to the popes, there are bible theologians that believe the antichrist and or false prophet is Muslim and I remember reading that Dake, the one who penned the Dake study bible believed the antichrist is neither of the above.

Now we see the possibility that the antichrist or first beast indeed was killed and resurrected because it refers to him having a deadly wound that was healed yet verse 3 on this subject said that only one head was wounded. This really makes an interesting discussion and further study.

  • Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

As much as I like to see miracles, we must not base our faith and doctrine upon them but upon the Lord Jesus Christ. All true miracles from God will exalt Jesus Christ and bring people to Him. If is puffs up some man or woman, we have a right to use caution before believing all they say.

  • Revelation 13:14 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.

So whether this image is some Babylonian image of an old empire that was revived again or the antichrist himself that was wounded and then healed, we can only speculate. Perhaps both are pictured here. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. One of the heads is most probably Babylon that was destroyed and then is rebuilt. The antichrist is also called the king of Babylon so it could happen both ways.

We are never to follow miracles. The bibles says that signs shall follow them that believe but we are not to follow the signs and idolize the one doing miracles. All believers are equal and God can use any one of us to heal the sick. It doesn't have to be someone popular.

I don't care if we see a rock shaped like Mary with tears, we are to follow Jesus and believe the word, not some sign. We are not to run after miracles. If we do see a miracle and it causes us to worship an image or follow a false doctrine that miracle was not of God.

  • Revelation 13:15 And he had 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.

This reminds us of the story in Daniel when old king Nebuchadnezzar made that image for all to worship. Those that refused were to be thrown into a fiery furnace.

Here we see the present day rise in image worship develop into full blown idolatry. When evil leaders both past and present erect statues of themselves, it was a foretaste of what is coming. With modern technology, it would be no problem to build an image that can seem to speak and give order.

  • Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
  • 17 And 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.

He may have gotten this idea after hearing of the 144000 Jews sealed to escape the trumpet judgments. This man wants to copy all that God has done before him in order to deceive. Remember the words of Jesus, if any man comes in his own name, they will believe him especially if they first reject the real true Christ.

How many of us even now will vote for someone who promises a good economy even if the person stands for evil? For a while the economy will prosper under this man just like it did under Hitler. It all looks good at first, just enough to deceive. We know them though by their fruits. In saying that, however, remember that good leaders can build up the economy too so lets not assume every one that knows how to grow the economy is a bad person.

The teachings of Jesus really prepare us for all these things. I quoted one above about meat that perishes. We should never vote our pocketbooks. Those that get through this without taking this mark will have loved not their lives unto death.

John said, love not the world nor the things in the world. We may have to choose between earthly possessions or eternal life.

During the persecutions by the Roman church in the Middle ages and even later by some Protestant (church and state) people, dissenters were often robbed of their jobs, homes and possessions by disagreeing with the church so-called. They had to choose between losing their homes or losing their souls by staying in a church that had long since gone into apostasy.

Both (some not all) Protestants and Catholics were guilty of leading people into apostasy. The true church in those days were the ones being persecuted. There were always exceptions though, sometimes false teachers get persecuted along with the true ones. Thank God for the written word to study and keep from being deceived.

  • Revelation 13:18 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.

The number of God is seven and means completion or perfection. Man cannot come close to the number of God. Nations have a name and often a symbol representing that name. The kingdom of the beast will have a name that we do not know as yet, a symbol and a number. Many speculate on the number but I will not go into that because I just don't have a clue what 666 could mean.

We saw the Soviet Union symbolized by a sickle. We surely remember seeing the Nazi symbol. The symbol of the United States is an eagle. Some believe the antichrist's identity will not be revealed until after the church leaves. Others believe just the opposite; that the church will not be raptured until he is revealed. Most will not know who he is during the first half of the tribulation but will find out during the second half.

To follow this beast is to insure the eternal loss of one's soul for eternity. To choose to receive temporary comfort of a home, a job and security and partake of the mark of this beast is to insure an eternity in hell. Our only guarantee and safety is to be safe in Jesus Christ. God provided for us a way out. He provided a savior from the foundation of the world. To completely trust in Him is to be safe.

Whether or not we believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church or we do not believe it that, does not matter as much as being spiritually ready for we will need to be ready and walking in our love for Jesus Christ to be able to make it in the rapture or make it through the tribulation period.

We must be walking in the spirit and walking in the love of God to insure our safety. We can't expect to make the rapture if we are half-hearted, backslidden and a lover of the things of this world. The same would be true if we go through the tribulation period. We have to be ready.

  • Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
  • 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
  • 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
  • 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
  • 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
  • 49 And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
  • 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
  • 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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