End Times 22, Revelation 13:1-10, The Antichrist

Video Title. Nicolae Carpathia

Article Title. End Times 22, Revelation 13:1-10, The Antichrist

I. In the above video we see people who have been left behind from the Rapture. The key figure is the Antichrist, as he is taking control of the world by creating ten global regions of nations that will come under his heavy-handed control (Revelation 13:1). This Left Behind movie, and others, came as a result of the Left Behind series of books that were written under the leadership of Dr. Tim LaHaye, whose credentials can be found in my “About Sources” page. The Left Behind books and movies tell of the upcoming time in our world when those whom are left behind from the rapture of the church have to deal with the persecution of the Antichrist, even more so if they come to saving faith in Christ. The Left Behind movies and books are very much in sync with the scriptures of the Bible that tell of the end of times event that we are studying, and relate heavily to the time of the Tribulation. Video details can be seen at the bottom of this page.

II. Text. Revelation 13:1-10. The Beast From The Sea.

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.

III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”

IV. Comment Providers. BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC = New American Commentary; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.

V. Comments. Revelation Chapter 13:1-10.

A. 13:1. “a beast.” The Antichrist. Many emperors of Rome defiled themselves, but Antichrist will far outstrip all of his predecessors in his blasphemous ways. “ten horns.” The 10 kings that gave their power and authority to the Antichrist (17:12-13) (RSB). The fact that the beast rises out of the sea is taken by many to indicate that he comes from the great mass of humanity, namely the Gentile powers of the world. Others take it as a reference to the Mediterranean, namely, that the beast will arise from the Mediterranean area. Probably both are true in that the beast is a Gentile and does come from the Mediterranean scene (WRC). Since Daniel identified this beast as arising from the world’s fourth great empire (Rome), this is understood by many to refer to a revived Roman empire (MBC). Daniel 7:7-8, “a fourth beast.” Rome. The 10 horns are explained in vs 24, and the little horn (Antichrist) in vs 24-25 (RSB).

B. 13:2. “the dragon gives him power.” Satan gives his power. (RSB)

C. 13:3-4. “One of his heads” may stand for a specific ruler, but more likely it stands for an empire. The unbelieving “world” is enticed (12:9) by Satan to follow and worship the beast. Those who “worshiped” the beast also unwittingly worshiped the devil, “who gave authority to the beast.” Any false worship or idolatry is ultimately demonic and satanic (see 1 Cor. 10:20–22). The beast is worshiped because the world is convinced that no one is “like” him and that no one can successfully “make war” against him. (MSB)

D. 13:5. “was given.” The sovereign God will establish the limits within which Antichrist will be allowed to speak and operate. God will allow him to utter his blasphemies, to bring the rage of Satan to its culmination on earth for 3 1/2 years (v. 5; 11:2, 3; 12:6, 13, 14). “forty-two months.” The final 3 1/2 years—1,260 days—of the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) and Daniel’s 70th week (Dan. 9:24–27), known as the Great Tribulation (see notes on 11:2; 12:6; cf. Dan. 7:25). This last half is launched by the abomination of desolations (see note on Matt. 24:15). (MSB)

E. 13:6. “His name.” This identifies God and summarizes all His attributes (cf. Ex. 3:13, 14). “His tabernacle.” This is symbolic of heaven (cf. Heb. 9:23, 24). “those who dwell in heaven.” The angels and glorified saints who are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night. (MSB)

F. 13:6. “His tabernacle.” God’s dwelling place in Heaven. (RSB)

G. 13:6. “those who dwell in heaven.” These are they of the raptured and resurrected Church. End Times 4, Comment 4:4, following link:
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/19/end-times-4-revelation-41-4-john-caught-up-to-heaven/

H. 13:7. “make war with the saints.” The Antichrist will be allowed to massacre those who are God’s children (cf. 6:9–11; 11:7; 12:17; 17:6; Dan. 7:23–25; 8:25; 9:27; 11:38; 12:10; Matt. 24:16–22). See note on 17:6. (MSB)

I. 13:8. Just as the entire world is under the political domination of the beast, so all the world except the saints will worship him. All who are not saved will worship the beast; those who are saved will not worship him. These who worship the beast are described as not having their names written in the book of life, a book frequently mentioned in the Revelation (3:5; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19; cf. Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3). Those worshiping the beast are the unsaved of both Jews and Gentiles in contrast to saved Jews and Gentiles whose names are written in the book of life. (WRC). The book of life is a book of the names of those whom are saved (RSB. Rev 3:5).

J. 13:9. Cf. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22. This phrase omits “what the Spirit says to the churches” as in the 7 letters to the churches, perhaps because they have been raptured. (MSB)

K. 13:10. Assurance that God will punish evidoers sustains the faith of those who are persecuted during these days. (RSB)

VI. The Antichrist is described in Revelation 6:1-2, where he is given authority by the Lamb, “the resurrected Christ,” to deceive and conquer the nations. These two verses constitute the first of seven seal judgments of the Tribulation. Following the Seal judgments will be seven trumpet judgments, which will be followed by seven bowl judgments.

VII. Video details. Nicolae Carpathia. Carpathia establishes the 10 kingdoms on earth after the rapture. jscottonphillips.

VIII. Our next End Times article will discuss the False Prophet. Revelation 13:11-18.

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11 thoughts on “End Times 22, Revelation 13:1-10, The Antichrist”

  1. Consider the last words of the disciples to Christ immediately prior to His being caught up to Heaven in Acts 1:9. The disciples asked:
    “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).
    Notice that the disciples didn’t ask Christ about baptism, communion or church building, or anything else that we find important today. The disciples had been taught about the Kingdom Of God (Matt 3:2, 4:17, 10:7). They didn’t ask about Heaven, because Jews of the Old Testament were not told that they would go to Heaven; they were looking forward to the physical Kingdom of God which would be on earth. At this point in their relationship with Christ, they still did not understand the fullness of the teachings of the Kingdom. Christ replied in Acts 1:7: “He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.” As Christ was speaking to the disciples , privately (Mt 24:3), in Matt 24:14, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” The Gospel of the Kingdom is the same as was taught in Mt 3:2, 4:17, 10:7, and not the Gospel of 1 Cor 15:1-8. The end will be the end of the Tribulation when Christ returns from Heaven for Judgment and to set up the Kingdom Age that he had taught in Mt 3:2, 4:17, 10:7, as well as 2 Sam 7:8-16, and other prophetic teachings of the Kingdom. Christ further stated in Mt 24:36, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone,” which relates, not to the rapture, but to His second coming to earth from Heaven to set up His Kingdom (Mt 24:29-31.) Notice that all of these teachings of Christ are to Jews, about things that relate to Jews. I will continue.

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    1. Consider the teachings of Christ on the Kingdom (Matthew 4:17). The Kingdom, as a land mass is described in Gen 15:18-21; is appx 10 times the size of Israel, as we see marked on maps today. The land mass will extend from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq. The Kingdom is a part of God’s covenant with Abraham, as it relates to a land, a people, and a blessing (Gen 12:1-3). The Kingdom, as part of the Davidic Covenant, will have a Godly appointed government, as described in 2 Sam 7:8-16. The King (Christ) is not ruling from the throne now, but will rule upon His return from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation (Zech 14:1-6, 9; Rev 19:11-21, 20:4). The conditions that will exist during the Kingdom Age are described in Isaiah 2:1-4, 11:6b-7; 11:6-9… It is important for anyone who reads my articles to know that before I draw a conclusion, I must first have agreement with credible Biblical scholars. On my About Sources page of this site, you can learn the identities of those theologians. In the lower part of that Page, you will see links that describe the credentials and accomplishments of my sources that excel in the studies of the end times.

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      1. Acts 1:3 (33 A.D.) “To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.” The kingdom is not heaven, but a covenant between God and Israel, on earth (the millennium), whereby Gentiles will also be blessed. (Gen 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:7-8; 2 Sam 7:8-16; Isa 2:1-4; 11:6-9; 56:3-8; 65:25; Mt 3:1-2; 4:17; 10:5-7; Lk 10:1, 11).

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  2. It is important to remember that the four Gospels were Old Testament, which did not end until the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. In order to understand the teachings of the Gospels it is important to understand Matt 3:2, I am going to add comments that will make “the kingdom of God” relative to the teachings of the Gospels, and to those of the New Testament. Please stay with me. This will take some time, and I will be adding info in logical pieces of Scripture.

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  3. Before I make any conclusion on Scripture, I make sure that my conclusion is consistent with the teachings of highly respected teachers of the Bible. On my “About Sources,” Equipping Page, you will find such sources If you go down to the section where links can be seen,you will see those sources that are well-informed on the end times. An important source that I trust is Dr. Andy Woods. Andy was a lawyer who later went to seminary, and has a Ph. D. , is the senior pastor of a church and a seminary president. Andy has a teaching series of videos, with an accompany book on “The Coming Kingdom.” I am providing the link to his first lesson, which will take you from Gen 1:1 to Rev 22:21. This particular series addresses every issue that you and I have been discussing. I encourage you to follow these video teachings. One of the key areas that Andy makes known is that of the physical earthly kingdom of the Jews. https://youtu.be/5pDdi7vx1rA

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  4. Matthew 24 can not be explained in a few words. I hope that my information will be helpful to you.
    The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were addressed to Jews. They tell of  the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 3:2, 4:17, 10:17)  and the Law (Matt 5:7). The purpose was to draw Israel to the acceptance of Christ as Messiah, which would have ushered them into the Kingdom Age, but they rejected Christ which postponed the Kingdom (Matt 21:43)  until the Jews would call on Him in saving faith, which will happen at the end of the Great Tribulation when all of Israel sees total destruction and annihilation (Matt 23:37-40; Zech 12:10).

    Matthew 24 was a private conversation between Christ and His disciples (vs 3)He explains the Tribulation (vs 9) and Great Tribulation (vs 21). He says that the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 3:2, 4:17, 10:17) must be preached before the end of the Great Tribulation will end (Mt 24:14) (not the gospel of death, burial and resurrection ..1 Cor 15:1-8.). He tells about the abomination of desolation (vs 15), which will be when the antichrist goes into the tribulation temple and proclaims himself to be God (Dan 9:27, 2 Thes 2:4); consequently,the Jews will flee Jerusalem to the mountains (vs16). The Jews are to pray that their flight will not occur on the Sabbath. That is the point of the beginning of the Great Tribulation (vs 21). Christ will return following the tribulation from heaven with His angels (vs 29-31) and raptured believers (Rev 19:14, Zech 14:5) for the judgment of those who survive the Tribulation (Mt 25:31-46)..these were those who were left behind from the rapture (John 14:2-6). Those who come to faith in Christ during the Tribulation will enter into the Kingdom age (24:34); those who do not accept Christ (Matt 25:46) will be taken in death to Judgment (Rev 20:11-15).

    Per Jer 30:7, the Tribulation is designed for Israel. Per Daniel 9:27, there must be a treaty between Israel and the Antichrist before the Tribulation. The purpose of the Tribulation is to draw unbelieving Jews to saving faith in Christ (Mt 23:37-39; Zech 12:10). The Church is removed from earth (1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:50-54, John 14:2-6…vs 6 is an action of Christ, that takes His believers to Heaven) so that God can deal with unbelieving Israel during the Tribulation. Born again believers in Christ have come to saving faith in Christ, having a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:17), and can be made no more righteous by going through the judgments of the Tribulation which God causes to come on “all those who dwell on the earth,” (Rev 3:10).There has been no peace treaty confirmed between the Antichrist and Israel. Therefore, we are not in the Tribulation.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. The Spanish Flu, and the Russian Revolution, both of which happened about a hundred years ago were much more severe in their death and destruction to the world, as have been other catastrophic happenings in the world. Everything that is not seen in Gen 2 and 3 are a result of the fall of Adam and Eve and the resulting curse. Everything was perfect in Creation; nothing is perfect now. Sin brought about death. The Bible does not address every horrible thing that happens in the world, past, present or future. The situations of the Civil War, First and Second World Wars, Vietnam War and Korean war, as well as the Holocaust were horrible, and much greater than what we are experiencing today. I could go on. The answer to the questions about the conditions of today, and other bad times, is “sin,” and will not be corrected until the time of the Kingdom age, when it will be a limited correction, and the eternal state when “sin will be no more.” But, as I told my Jewish doctor, “we are not in the Tribulation,” and the Bible doesn’t discuss our situation except in relation to the fall and resulting curse. We will go to Heaven with Christ in the Rapture, and will return with Him at the time of the end of the Tribulation when we rule and reign with Him or 1000 years. Those are blessings or believers in Christ.

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  5. I believe the Church will not be here during the tribulation. I find these days so much opposition to it. I am about to watch a video that presents the problems with the pre trib rapture just to see the objections,
    Thank you for this post Equipping.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. Per Jer 30:7, the Tribulation is designed for Israel. Per Daniel 9:27, there must be a treaty between Israel and the Antichrist before the Tribulation. The purpose of the Tribulation is to draw unbelieving Jews to saving faith in Christ (Mt 23:37-39; Zech 12:10). The Church is removed from earth (1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:50-54, John 14:2-6…vs 6 is an action of Christ, that takes His believers to Heaven) so that God can deal with unbelieving Israel during the Tribulation. Born again believers in Christ have come to saving faith in Christ, having a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:17), and can be made no more righteous by going through the judgments of the Tribulation which God causes to come on “all those who dwell on the earth,” (Rev 3:10).

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      1. That is a good question. I will give you the answer based on the comments of Dr. Charles Ryrie, Ph. D., in his Ryrie Study Bible. It comes from the introduction to Joel The third part of the explanation is quick, to the point, and easy to understand…..The Day of the Lord, the major theme of this prophecy, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Three facets of the Day of the Lord are discernable: (1) the historical, that is God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Zeph 1:14-18; Joel 1:15) and heathen nations (Isa 13:6; Jer 46:10; Ezek 30:3); (2) the illustrative, whereby an historical incident represents a partial fulfillment of the eschatological Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11; Isa 13:6-13); (3) The Day of the Lord includes the time of the Great Tribulation (Isa 2:12-19; 4:1), the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa 4:2; 12; 19:23-25; Jer 30:7-9). You can go to my Equipping page, “About Sources” for Dr. Ryrie’s credentials. Dr. Ryrie’s comments on Matthew are worth study: vs 4-14 has characteristics of the first half of the tribulation period, whereas, vs 15-28 deal with the second half. I will make this statement, as I often do in many of my articles: “Everybody should have a Ryrie Study Bible.” I hope that this information will answer your question.

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