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I. Video. How does the book of Revelation describe the Antichrist? (See video details at the bottom of the page).
II. The Beast from the Sea.
A. Text. Revelation 13:1-10 (NKJV)
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
B. Comments: (Charles Ryrie (deceased). Ryrie Study Bible. See history of Dr. Ryrie https://www.gotquestions.org/Charles-Ryrie.html.
13:1. “beast.” The Antichrist (note from 11:7, “the beast.”). The Antichrist (1 John 2:18; see Ryrie note), also called “the man of lawlessness” (2 Thes 2:3). The same person is mentioned in Rev 6:2, 13:1, 14:9, 14:11, 15:2, 16:2, 17:3, 13; 19:20, 20:10. He can not kill the two witnesses until God allows him to (11:7).
13:2. “the dragon gave him power.” Satan gives Antichrist power.
13:3. “had been slain.” The same word is used in 5:6 of Christ’s actual death, though here it may indicate a wound that normally would be fatal. “his fatal wound was healed.” Apparently Satan will miraculously restore Antichrist to life in imitation of the resurrection of Christ. No wonder the world will acclaim Antichrist.
13:5. “forty-two months.” Apparently the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation period during which Antichrist’s power is practically unrestrained.
13:6. “His tabernacle.” God’s dwelling place, “heaven.”
13:7-8. Antichrist’s rule will extend to all, except believers whose names have been written in the “book of life.” The phrase from “the foundation of the world” relates to the writing of the names, not to the crucifixion (cf 17:8).
13:10. Assurance that God will punish evildoers sustains the faith of those who are persecuted during these days (note from 14:12: Saints will be able to endure, knowing that God will punish their enemies, vs 9-11).
C. Outline And Comments: Dr. John F. Walvoord (deceased).
1. The following comments and outline of Rev 13:1-10 are from the work of Dr.John F. Walvoord. A complete commentary of Dr. Walvoord on Rev 13 can be read by clicking on the following link. https://bible.org/seriespage/13-beasts-and-false-prophet The following link provides a history of Dr. Walvoord. https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord
a. In the first ten verses of chapter 13, a character is introduced of central importance to the events of the great tribulation. This passage is first of all a revelation of the revived Roman Empire in its period of worldwide dominion, but more especially this paragraph directs attention to the evil character who exercises satanic power as the world dictator.
b. Taken as a whole, the first ten verses of Revelation 13 predict a future world government which from God’s point of view will be a continuation of the ancient Roman Empire expanded ultimately to cover not only the area of the ancient empire but the entire world. This government will be empowered by Satan, and its primary objective will be forcing the whole world to worship Satan and his human representative, the world dictator.
c. Outline of Revelation Chapter 13.
The Emergence of the Beast out of the Sea (13:1-2).
The Deadly Wound of the Beast (13:3).
The Worship of Satan by All the World (13:4).
The Blasphemous Character of the Beast as World Ruler (13:5-6).
The Universal Dominion of the Beast (13:7).
The Universal Worship of the Beast (13:8).
Exhortation to Hear (13:9-10).
2. Titles Of The Coming World Ruler (Walvoord Revelation Commentary, Chapter 13 chart). The little horn (Dan 7:8). The coming prince (Dan 9:26). The willful king (Dan 11:36). The man of lawlessness (2 Thes 2:3). The son of destruction (2 Thes 2:3). The Antichrist ( 1 John 2:18, 22). The rider on the white horse (Rev 6:2). The beast (Rev 13:1-10).
D. The last half of the seven-year tribulation described (verses and John MacArthur’s notes; bio on Page, “About Sources And Links).
1. The last half of the tribulation. The Great Tribulation. Revelation Verses.
11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
12:14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
13:5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
2. God’s protection of Israel during the last half of the tribulation. MacArthur Study Bible notes.
a. God will protect Israel from Satan by hiding her in the wilderness, perhaps in the region of Moab, Ammon, and Edom, east of Palestine. Interestingly, those countries will be specifically spared from the Antichrist’s attack against the Holy Land (cf. Dan. 11:41). one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
b. At the mid-point of the Tribulation, the Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel, puts a stop to temple worship, sets up the abomination of desolation (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15), and devastates Jerusalem (11:2). At that time, many Jews flee for their lives (Matt. 24:16ff.). God will preserve them during the last 1,260 days (42 months; 3½ years) constituting the Great Tribulation. See notes on 3:10; 6:1.
E. Consider the following end times timeline.
1. The catching up of the saints from earth by Christ prior to the tribulation (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). Only unbelieving Jews and Gentiles will be left on earth after the believing saints are caught up to heaven.
2. God’s encouragement to believers. God’s warning to those whom will miss the rapture. (Rev 3:10). “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” All whom are left behind will come under the judgments of God, which are all Jews and Gentiles that are not been born again; excluding small children.
3. The Antichrist empowered by Christ (Rev 6:1). “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals.”
4. The Antichrist will be a man of great deception. Israel is not a nation that is presently living in a land of “unwalled cities,” (Ez 38:11). However, the Jews will accept such a dream of peace that will come through the “smooth talking Antichrist,” (Rev 6:2).
a. Rev 6:2 “And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”
b. 6:2 white horse. The animal represents an unparalleled time of world peace—a false peace that is to be short-lived (see note on v. 4). This peace will be ushered in by a series of false messiahs, culminating with the Antichrist (Matt. 24:3–5). He who sat on it. The 4 horses and their riders do not represent specific individuals, but forces. Some, however, identify this rider with Antichrist. Although he will be the leading figure, John’s point is that the entire world will follow him, being obsessed with pursuing this false peace. bow. The bow is a symbol of war, but the absence of arrows implies that this victory is a bloodless one—a peace won by covenant and agreement, not by war (cf. Dan. 9:24–27). crown. This word refers to the kind of laurel wreath awarded winning athletes. It “was given to him.” Antichrist becomes king, elected by the world’s inhabitants regardless of the cost, and will conquer the entire earth in a bloodless coup (MacArthur Study Bible).
c. Ezekiel 38:11 “You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—”
d. 38:10–13 This describes the peace in Israel during the period of Antichrist’s short-lived treaty with them (Dan. 9:27) in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. References to “unwalled villages,” refer to that period of 3½ years when Israel is secure under the protection of the world-ruling “prince that shall come,” called Antichrist (cf. Dan. 9:27). After Antichrist turns on Israel, there is an escalation of hostility until the end of the 7 year time when this great force comes to plunder Jerusalem and the Promised Land (v. 12) (MacArthur Study Bible).
5. The events of the tribulation are discussed, per the Ryrie Study Bible.
a. Matt 24-25 is the Olivet Discourse which took place between Christ and His Jewish disciples, which was a discussion between Christ and Jews, about Jewish matters. No Gentiles were present. Consider Mt 24:14: “the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached, and then the end will come.” The church preached “the Gospel of Christ” (1 Cor 15:1-8), which is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. “The end” is the end of the tribulation, which precedes the Kingdom Age of the millennium, which is followed by the eternal state.
b. Matt 24:4-14 is the first half of tribulation.
c. Matt 24:15-28 is the last half of tribulation. Matt 24:15, Antichrist (Man of sin, 2 Thes 2:4) breaks the covenant with Israel that he made with them at the beginning of the tribulation, Dan 9:27, and demands that they worship him.
d. Mt 24:20 warned of “a sabbath flight for safety.” A “sabbath-day’s journey,” Acts 1:12, which was about one-half a mile, which was the distance that Jews could travel on the Sabbath. Gentiles had no such concern for sabbath travel constraints.
e. It has been my pleasure to have been in a Jewish neighborhood, where the neighborhood synagogue was located within “a sabbath day’s journey” of most Jewish homes. I have seen men and boys walking that “sabbath day’s journey” to synagogue on the Sabbath. I have also been blessed by observing Jewish women and children walking that same distance to synagogue on the Sabbath (Psalm 122:6).
6. John Walvoord’s Commentary on the seventieth week of Daniel. Click on the following link for a detailed discussion by John Walvoord on Daniel Chapter 9, on the seven years of tribulation: https://bible.org/seriespage/9-prophecy-seventy-weeks. Taken from the last two paragraphs of Dr. Walvoord’s notes on Chapter 9 are, “a., b. c.,” which follow.
a. The final period of seven years begins with the introduction of a covenant relationship between the future “prince that shall come” (Antichrist), and “the many,” the people of Israel. This covenant is observed for the first half of the future seven-year period; then the special liberties and protections granted Israel are taken away; and Israel becomes persecuted in their time of great tribulation.
b. The beginning of the last three and one-half years of the seventy sevens of Daniel is marked by the desecration of the future temple, the stopping of the sacrifices, and the desolation of the Jewish religion. It is this period that was referred to by Christ as “the great tribulation,” in Matthew 24:15-26.
c. The culmination of the entire prophecy of the seventy weeks is the second advent of Jesus Christ, which closes the seventieth seventh of Israel (aka seventieth week of Daniel, mine).
III. Video Details.
A. John Ankerberg Show. 78.6K subscribers. 2,040 views. Sep 24, 2018
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