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Revelation 13: Big Picture of The Beast

Alistair Huong

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Alistair Huong

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  • July 26, 2008
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father this morning we come before you thankful again for the opportunity to study your word and for the Korea revelation of events that will transpire to have direct bearing on our lives in the last days I asked that you open our hearts and minds to accept this message and to appropriately apply so that we can have the heart conversion we need to be ready for you to come we pray in Jesus name okay devoted to do today last week we ran out of time so I'm in a try to tie up a few loose ends at the end of chapter twelve and you will see how it actually has an impact on Revelation chapter thirteen case so let's get back to relationship at twelve and will move into chapter thirteen once we get done here so evolution twelve were looking at verse seventeen this is just tying up loose after last week so I'll go through it all read it and the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ so I want to focus specifically on idea they keep the Commandments may have the testimony of Jesus so let's look in Revelation nineteen Revelation nineteen verse ten Revelation nineteen verse ten defines for us what the testimony of Jesus is and I fell at his feet to worship him this is an angel that John has fallen down to worship and the angel said to me see thou do it not I am by fellow servant and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus worship God for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy so the remnant of her seed and Revelation seven twelve or seventeen number one they are the commandments they have the law and number two they have the profits the test of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy and if you look in Revelation twenty two similar picture is all-time of your fellow servants by brethren the prophets so the spare prophecy is one of identifying characteristics of this remnant movement or group of people but there's more to it than that okay so let's keep your finger then Revelation twelve and and thirteen will be running around a few other verses before come back here but in Matthew chapter five Matthew chapter five and verse seventeen and eighteen K it says think not Jesus speaking here think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets I am not come to destroy but to fulfill for verily I say unto you till heaven and earth pass one jot or one till shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled often uses versus say see last time I checked the heaven and the earth has not passed away therefore the law is still standing enough correct that is a valid application of this text but I want to couple this verse with another passage okay the second Peter second Peter chapter three second Peter chapter three verse ten ten and I guess we'll refund verse ten the verse twelve of the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat and New York also and the works that are therein shall be burned up seeing then that all BC shall be dissolved what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness looking for an hasting unto the coming of the day of God where in the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and elemental melt with fervent heat in short this person describing the second coming of our Lord heaven and earth will one day pass away and according Matthew five or seventeen there's only one condition there is one condition under which heaven and earth can pass and that is until the law and the prophets have been fulfilled all right and here we see in Revelation twelve or seventeen a remnant group of people and looking at the history says we might discuss Revelation one through twelve throughout history that has been the struggle of the struggle has been cool truly has a undyed booted understanding of the law and the prophets through the dark ages valid for the problem that's why there was hidden manna given to the church in the wilderness that is why there was a reformation to bring up a lot of the street back to life but what does it mean that what does it mean that to fulfill the law and the prophets okay that's the next question with looking Hebrews chapter ten Hebrews chapter ten beginning in verse one Hebrews ten beginning verse one assess for the law having a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the things and never with those sacrifices which they offer year-by-year continually make the comers they are unto perfect for then would they not have ceased to be offered because that the worshipers once Pers should have had no conscience of sins putting in this way all throughout history actually up to the crucifixion of Christ the Jewish system of sacrifices was a way to demonstrate the fulfillment of the law the law required that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin and as the guilty sinner comes to the sanctuary and killed the laugh it says here those sacrifices could not make them perfect and there's a reason why because the condition upon which a person sins are truly fully forgiven and justified according to verse two that they should have no more conscience of if you're truly forgiven of your sense your sins if I can use the word out going out there or since have been blotted out and you should not remember your sense so we can put it this way the law or the requirements of the law cannot be fulfilled what we know that it is fulfilled when the justified sinner no longer remember their sin that make sense so what is the fulfillment of the law we know that Jesus came to fulfill the law and the dead without Christ there is no remission of sin he is ultimate sacrifice he is the true sacrifice the Lamb the lambs they were just a shadow of things to come the liquid in chapter ten and verse twelve kept them erstwhile but this man after he yet offered one sacrifice for sins forever sat down on the right hand of God and we know that I've met Jesus Christ from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool footstool for by one offering he yet perfected for ever them that are sanctified whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us for after that he has said before this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days saith the Lord I will put my laws into their hearts and in their minds will I write them verse seventeen this is key and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more Jesus Christ says I am the propitiation on and the provision I and the blood I provided the blood to cover and forgive and blot out your sense but that's not the end of his covenant he said that I will put my law in your hearts and your minds and then and then he says their sins and iniquities will I remember no more now simple question is it possible for us to know anything that God does not know is it possible for us to know something that God does not know so let me put it this this way if Jesus says he will remember our sins and iniquities no more do you think will remember them we better not because all of a sudden we then if that is the case we have been put in a position what we know more than God and especially in a case where we are remembering the sins of our past thing that means God has not fulfilled his from this Kathy ascended that the CFR the ether to the West social I remove your sin from the as though the fulfillment of the law is just number one the sins are blotted out forgiveness by big race and merit of Jesus Christ yes lots more than that by Jesus Christ empower empowerment the law and is written in our hearts in our minds and account and if someone can point to me where your heart or where your mind where is it if can I say that it's right near and interestingly enough in chapter thirteen of Revelation there is a mark that is supposed to go in the right hand or in the four head all maybe that's why the mark of the beast is so important because the mark of the beast is a stamp to pre- vent the law from being fulfilled the law be fulfilled if the lawn our hearts and minds are soon be blotted out and tries for getting intentionally our sins the law be fulfilled by the remnants that the point but then we also see that this remnant they possessed not only the Commandments but they also have the profits what does it mean to fulfill the prophets Revelation chapter ten relationship to ten verse seven Revelation ten verse seven says and in the days of the voice of the seven Angel when she shall begin to sound the mystery of God should be finished as he had declared to his servants the prophets so what message would be the problem with the province given to share that have not yet been fulfilled in the question on the wing when you forget yours in twenty judges will still retain the knowledge of good and evil right gets to how we not retain the knowledge to send it when we came one when we retain the other okay let me just ask his question does God know the difference tween good and evil does he remember his sense that's exactly right so is it possible to know the difference between good and evil as still have not done and do not have actual remembrance of sin I believe so I believe so you but let's get back to what we're discussing just a minute ago the servants the prophets have been given a special message and according to what we may look at it later other verses in the Bible at the hidden from ages and generations but now at the conclusion of the great controversy it will be finished LB finished by the remnants fulfillment of the prophets and that is the mystery of God and we talked about this at length in this class Mister God simply put Christ in you the hope of glory the final fruition of God 's plan of salvation so the remnant church the remnant of her seed has a very special mission and it doesn't end right there notice the name they are called the remnant of her seed whenever you what is the first time that that description had been given before Genesis step agreement but they were quick Genesis chapter three and verse fifteen what has this see them prophesy to accomplish Revelation three R Genesis three verse fifteen and I will put enmity between the and the woman and between thy seed and her seed it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel this is the first messianic prophecy Jesus fulfill this prophecy yes he was the seat and he did deal the crushing bloat the Satan bug is another verse look at Romans chapter sixteen Romans sixteen Romans chapter sixteen and verse twenty Romans sixteen verse twenty Paul writes and the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you on that the remnant of her seed has a final mission they will also continue to deal that crushing blow through the head of the serpent and if you want to status further there are illustrations in the sanctuary service idea of a thick man who takes that as a veil goats into the wilderness it connects with the hundred four four thousand it's all in there the final generation of faithful people of God they have an active role in dealing the final the final judgment if you well in a way our final revealed with final clarity the issues in the great controversy that is why God take so seriously the last generation because a lot hinges on what happens okay so I've taken a little more time than I had expected but am let's transition now into Chapter thirteen enemy give you little disclaimer before we get into it as returning back to Revelation thirteen I must tell you that I had a very difficult time figuring out just exactly where to go with Revelation thirteen because there is so much in here and it is directly relevant to our day and because of that I know there's a lot of a lot of ideas out there and it is not my intention to deal with every false idea in fact I don't plan on dealing with the middle but this is what I like to politics latest and make two assumptions in this class right now this is not an evangelistic series so I feel that it perhaps is okay to do this okay the first beast I'm assuming you know who he is it is the papal power papacy the second beast I'll also assume you know who it is if the United States of America with those two assumptions built save us a lot of time and there are plenty of resources out there on that clearly and sufficiently prove these two treatment suppositions so with that in mind I'm getting do something with this class that you probably don't get a chance to see or hear in the many evangelistic crusades okay so what would I do today we are going to try to take a look at the big picture of the beast the big picture of the beast where were probably got the split this class in the two weeks the Revelation thirteen it takes that much time a this particular class we may not deal with a lot of nitty-gritty 's but we will look at a big picture and hopefully he'll bring some cohesiveness idea that you have heard before and that you understand and fitted onto the puzzle frame so just a quick summary of Revelation thirteen we see two beasts a piece that rises up out of the sea it is the papal power it's religion of political power and then we see a second beast rise up out of your and it has to land like horns it looks like a docile creature but Vande speaks like a drag and the second beast creates an image of the beast and gives it life and commands people to worship it and then there is a mark of the beast issued and if anyone does not have the mark of the beast they should be killed set of really quick summary of bomb Revelation thirteen but I want to look at the big picture so let's let's think about this revelation can be essentially divided in half twenty two chapters so between chapters eleven and twelve that's basically the the half of the chapter but perhaps the book the chapter thirteen is near the middle of the book here if you look at a survey of the whole book of Revelation from Revelation one to revelation fourteen Ashley Revelation thirteen we see a conflict between God and his people and Satan and his people in the conflict goes back and forth sometimes God 's church is faithful sometimes they're not sometimes Satan is waiting sometimes he's not it goes back and forth back and forth back and forth is this really serious contention it seemed like nobody won't know his winning and Revelation chapter thirteen and fourteen right afterwords John Wentz if you look for Chapter fourteen until the end of the chapter Satan has no more no more upper hand after chapter fourteen God wins and the rest of the book of Revelation chapter fourteen August is the detail of what happens when God wins seven last plagues you know if your glass the millennium the new Jerusalem second coming instruction about what all of the things some relationship with thirteen you can think of it as the final staff it is the final stage of Satan 's plan in this past hour many thousand years six thousand years or so of the great controversy Revelation chapter thirteen is the final push the final fruition of everything that Satan had been planning and scheming for and so what we need to do now or we don't need to do that but what I want to do I would think a step back okay with you to review a few things I'm been assumed that you been through Daniel and you know the prophecy there so let's just review a few things in Daniel chapter two this is where we all got started that is the initial prophecy that got the ball rolling on these apocalyptic type prophecies Daniel two we see in NH and in that image we see descriptions of various kingdoms had a goal is battling chest on the silver me to purge a bell inside the Bradstreet leg divine is wrong and in the field buying clay and the stone comes so see if the you pass this pop quiz in Daniel chapter two which portion of the image received the most attention most description the legs and feet predominantly the feats so what does the feet of iron and clay represent it is the mingling of church craft and statecraft for BC Bible commentary line four page one one six eight paragraph eight the mingling of church craft and satrap is represented by the iron and clay I hope that settled it we study this before so I don't want to spend too much time and so when you look at the image it goes through the same yelled that the typical prophecy jealousy over and over again Babylonia Persia Greece Rome papal Rome in a sense but it doesn't name the kingdom it just says church and state gives a lot of information and moves on or before we move on to Dan Chapter seven if you are to know this image is I'm assuming an image in the form of a human being or some creature as heads and arms and legs you know so it looks like a person if you want to name this image what would you name the image let me give you this illustration if I would if there was a human body standing up here but I covered his face would you be able to identify who is but if I have person up here at all you saw with his face would you be without rias which part of a person 's anatomy gives that person is his identity it is Pinky 's appendix maybe his big toe now if it had because that's where the brain is the Bible actually says in Proverbs twenty three I believe in check promised white beaver seven as he think it's in his heart in his mind so is he a person 's mind determines who he is as of this this image has a head of gold this in if I were to name and I will call in Babylon and this is very important because it lays right into the book of Revelation because very soon that name babbling this can be thrown all over and you need to have a clear understanding where it came from the Daniel chapter two the proxy goes all the way down to the feet focuses on the feet and the Danny chapter seven the prophecy repeats but then it enlarges meaning it repeats the same process but then it emphasizes the area that requires more attention Sunday the seventy feet for beasts line with Eagles wings bear with me where that is now Leopard with four head of four wings like eagles in a dreadful beast where is an end of dreadful beats have a little horn that comes out of it where does the most description go to which beasts that was sort of a trick question it's the dreadful beast because the little horn is attached to the dreadful beasts of the description below born still really apply for that beast was Ashley trying to update a chapter seven real quick to try to get through this then a chapter seven few things I like to look at Daniel chapter seven okay so we've concluded Daniel to his history goes out to the legs of iron feline and Clay it is emphasized these the revelation chapter seven by Daniel chapter seven dreadful beast with a little form is emphasized I want to look at verse twelve Ashley verse eleven and twelve Daniel seven forgive me can I minute read this so you not to get your exercise today but on this one is that I be hell-bent because of the voice of the great words with the point spake I beheld even until the beast was slain and his body destroyed and given to the burning flames of the dreadful bees we see that he destroyed a verse twelve as concerning the rest of the beasts they had their dominion taken away yet their lines were prolonged for a season so there are four beasts of the first reviews are described as their domain he was taken away by yet their lives were prolonged and it's interesting I said that will see that what we'll see why that is a revolution chapter thirteen on a look at a few words here again in chapter seven and verse by Daniel seven verse five and another behold another beast a second like a bear and a raise of itself on one side and three ribs in its mouth and I'm not between the teeth of it and they said thus unto it arise devour much flesh so the bear what is there for him to devour in the individual prior to the bear there's only a lien so he devoured the line and then we see here in verse seven at the business on the night vision the bill for these terrible dreadful and strong exceedingly great I keep and it devoured and brake in pieces so what did he devour the beasts that were previously in the vision now let's look well quick in Revelation chapter thirteen Revelation Chapter thirteen verses one and two says 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 upon his horns ten crowns upon his heads the name of blasphemy and the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard and his feet were at the feet of a bear and his mouth as the mouth of a lion and the dragon gave him his power deceit and great authority in Revelation chapter thirteen we see an Amalgamated beast with all of the characteristics of the beast of Daniel chapter seven that is that is what it means their domain you must prolong or the domain was taken but the lines are prelaw assuming that we are you know with the this be fit the papal power you will see if you study the history you'll see that the Badlands Dominion was taken away but the influence of Babylonian fun and culture and religion remains me up early was taken away but if the influence of its culture and and its way of thinking remains and more than the rest Greece was a nation but this power was taken away but its influence remains and rolled simply assimilate all of these principles into its own system and then paganism with originator really babbling if you think of the Tower of Babel is beginning brought it all together and the papacy is in fact a amalgamation of everything that has come before and that's why the image of Daniel to is really one image is one entity with different phases through which Satan works so Babylon is the system by which Satan has used to battle against God 's people from the beginning and couple of couple other minor things than know when we look at Revelation the last paragraph babbling in the Apocalypse apocalyptic term refers to the power that Satan has used throughout history to Ward and got the and and and and and times it is more specific routers is more specific at the end times all right so when and then we go to Revelation seven churches seven seals seven trumpets we repeat you sent you the same history but we only focus on the leg and the abiding way and here we are Revelation chapter thirteen the final fruition of Satan 's plans all rights are rights we don't have much time but I am let me touch on a few other broad subject items year big picture items and then we will close some relationship with thirteen and verse of the birth for pavers for and they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast and they worshiped the beast saying who is like under the beast was able to make war with him what does it mean when individuals say such a thing about the beats let's look in Exodus chapter fifteen Exodus chapter fifteen birth eleven Exodus fifteen verse eleven this is right after the crossing of the Red Sea some name this chapter the song of Moses which has special significance is a fear who is like unto thee O Lord among God 's who is like the glorious in holiness fearful and praises doing wonders Revelation chapter thirteen hertz for the use is receiving the song of Moses son to himself and when you look in Revelation chapter fifteen the redeemed is going to sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb so the beef here and it said they worshiped the dragon because they gave power to the beats and this piece of power represents the Dragon honor and he claims what belongs to God and we can look at the work blasphemy because they got out the web laughing the book of Revelation and also the Bible what that represents and also received an knowledge of verse five of chapter thirteen that this piece was given palatable for forty two months forty two months is equivalent to time times and half times also equivalent twelve and sixty days or three and a half years at the end of the three and half years we see that the bees received a mortal wound but the moral wound is healed so that these power comes the earth receives accolades deserved the only God deserves she has a ministry of three and a half years at the end of which he received a mortal wound and then he's resurrected and whether that someone is sound sure a lot like the life of Christ it's a counterfeit ministry of Jesus but then there's a second beast and off-line through this again to the big picture stuff okay in Revelation chapter thirteen and verse thirteen we see the second beast arise out of the earth and the second beast is that verse twelve activists are there he exercises all the power the first beast before any cause of Europe and then the dwell therein to worship the first beast 's dirty windshield and he did great wonders that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men the second beast causes fire to come down from heaven and we also discussed in Revelation chapter twelve but the woman going into the wilderness for three and a half years was similar to the training that you lied to had prior to the full fruition of his ministry so you receive a false profit claiming to be in the position of the light jet in relation to God and also this second beast it prepared the way as a forerunner in a way before the resurrection of the first beast telling people to worship deadbeats looks like the Ministry of John the Baptist a prophet a forerunner and also these two powers put together inverse fifteen it says and he had power to give life unto the image of the beast that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed if you have a marginal reading the word for life is a war for breath they even try to mimic lots creative power why because because the Reformation fourteen they know that the W final message the final test is going to be around the Sabbath and the Sabbath is rooted in the fact that God is creator whoever is creator received the worship onset and so Satan here he has his final try and plan the Dragon gives the beast is power great authority his feet he standing the place of God the father the first BT stand that said I am the representative of the Dragon who is likened to the beasts he has ministered with UNEP years he dies he's resurrected as the second is a third person near a profit by calls far down from heaven as if I am speaking for the most high worship God because we have worshiped us in its essence is me of the power to create life or to give breath you see the counterfeit at the end of time it is the final fruition of Satan 's plan what is Satan 's plan Isaiah chapter fourteen Isaiah Chapter fourteen Isaiah fourteen verse twelve through fourteen it says dear how art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer son of the morning how art thou cut down to the ground which students and begin the nations for thou has said in thine heart I will ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north I will ascend above the heights of the cloud I will be like the most high since the very beginning of Satan 's fall this has been Satan 's ultimate desire to be gone and so all throughout this prophecy Daniel chapters to Dana Chapter seven we need to type again chapter eight Dan kept eleven date chapter twelve all throughout the book of Revelation the great controversy Satan is trying to say I deserve to be God and in Revelation chapter thirteen he gets his wish process back and said all right let's see what you got as Satan pulls together a false union between the Dragon the beast and the land might be and he says were shipped on us worship and uses force and that's next week will get into it the market obese the image of the beast all of these issues at the end of time that is why it's so critical for us to understand people say always just is just I guess I'm making an assumption here but I'm market a beast legislation to keep Sunday Sunday legislation is the mark of the will talk about a morning sweet but some people say is just a day is not just a day it is six thousand years worth of celestial war this is where it all boiled down to who is deserving to be God God or Satan that's the issue so we should not let ourselves become so myopic that you think it just has to do with what I want what convenient for me but I have to work on some other work on Sabbath because I have to feed my family what were taking too narrow of a view this is why we need to really recognize that the prophecies give us practical application if we really want to look deep into it so revelations at the thirteen there's more obviously we barely got into it but that some of the big picture stuff so hopefully what we done today was able to give you a framework and some puzzle pieces to help you see how things relate to each other because that's how the human mind works we need to see connections okay so I don't want to run over like I've done every week so let's bow our heads in prayer and though move onto the next service father we thank you for the warnings and the blessings and encouragement you given to us in your word help us to be prepared for the final conflict and may we stand on the right side and may you do may you fulfill your promise with us soon that we may see Jesus very soon we pray these things in Jesus name

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