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Revelation 13: The Image To The Beast

Alistair Huong

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Alistair Huong

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  • August 2, 2008
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father this morning we come before you asking for wisdom and asking for an open heart to receive the message in Revelation thirteen may we recognize our role in our place in these last days and may we respond appropriately this is our prayer in Jesus name RI Revelation thirteen I really wrestled with this chapter because there is such a current chapter it is statically the time of history that we are living so we could spend the whole thirteen weeks studying Revelation thirteen because of so many intricate details and things that we need to look at but obviously we can't do that and I thought the purpose of this class so last week we made the assumption and we are to continue with his assumption that we already know the identity of the two beasts the first piece of the leopard like beast we understand to be the papal power the second beast with the land like horns who end up speaking like a dragon that comes out of the earth that is the United States of America we just need to get that out of our system because I'm we are at the time to go through all of that and that's not really the purpose of this class of his Sabbath school class and so what I want focus on this week lastly we looked at a lot of big picture ideas how every thing climaxes in Revelation thirteen the final phase of Satan 's plan the final fruition of everything that is wanted since the beginning of the controversy and today I want to focus especially on the image to the beast by the way that the title of this the fourth estate okay so the image the beast predominantly it is found in Revelation actually a relationship with thirteen versus thirteen through seventeen so my dilemma volunteer volunteer raise your hand they are here please read it out with conviction Revelation thirteen versus thirteen through seventeen thank you Revelation thirteen thirteen to seventeen and he does great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men and the statement them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do the site of the beast saying to them that dwell in their that they should make an image to the beast which had the wound by a sword and did live 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 because all both small and great rich and poor free and bond and to receive a mark in the right-hander and therefore heads 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 accurate much we are going to be diving into this you versus specifically in this class the first we need to identify when it comes understanding of what the image of the beast is okay now they get a few steps back here in verse thirteen it says and see you with great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven cool is that he endeavors there is a strike okay it was the beast the second beast with my might want someone to speak that Dragon wanted him on the earth second beast in Revelation thirteen Siemens fire down from heaven so that's what we start him and that these in essence leads to a creation of an image to the first beast so the image to the beast is an image the first beast not the second because that's what I'm trying to establish your so what is an image to begin if I were to make an image to myself or image of myself what do you suppose knowing using imagination what would it be what would it look like okay though it'll be it'll look like me right yet I guess the ask how you know you see a golden calf for the Statue of Liberty now you get to see something that resembles my features my characteristics whatever so an image to the beast simply as a representation or a likeness or likeness to so the image to the first beast basically what we're seeing that the second beast of the United States of America eventually woke lead to a creation of a very similar and manage our representation of the papal power estimates agrees and we are actually going to look at that a little bit more okay so what is the what is the divining characteristics of the papal power what is the defining characteristic of the papal power love look at the Bible here relish and thirteen at seven of the volunteer we are going to read verse one in order to skip the verse four through six so versus one four five and six a good enough to be diverse first let's have someone numb volunteer anyone alright man when the back I stood on the sand of the sea I saw the 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 and six forty six 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 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 and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to bless me his name and his tabernacle and them that dwell in heaven accurate much the first beast of Revelation twelve first of all what get to review what is up these represent in Bible prophecy what is a symbol of a kingdom or a political power but specifically this beast is a political power with religious connotations how do I know that well versed want to begin by thinking of the name of blasphemy and then in verse four C receives worship and in fact it says they sing the song of Moses to the beast in Exodus fifteen birth eleven would better last week a asked me how after the cross rib feet who is like unto all of who would like it to be all Lord among God 's end here in Revelation thirteen they sing the same song to the beast who would like them to be through with able to make war with the MN numbers five and six keyword repeats over and over and over and over the word blasphemy blasphemy is a religious term especially because he's blaspheming God so this these power whether able power the defining characteristic is an amalgamation or a union of a political power with a church power is the union of church and state now to make this abundantly clear let's take a few steps back review a few other prophecies in Daniel chapter two the portion of the image that represents the time period of the papal power is represented by feet of iron and clay and iron we already established from Daniel Q is wrong but what does Clay represent Clay represents church we can look this up in Jeremiah chapter eighteen verse six O house of Israel cannot I deal with you at this potter saith the Lord at the Clayton upon us and so are you in my hats but that's the potter 's clay in the feet goes on Potters Clay can review this indemnity and changes to my weekly and some forty verse one miry clay is something that sucks God 's people in and they need to be rescued out of so the church in Daniel two the clay becomes corrupted starts at the pure church become an apostate church union of churches stay in the feet of iron and clay and David Tepper seven the little Morris speaks great things and wears out the things of God thinks the pain change times and laws and we know that that little on power is a religious power but that little one is sitting on top of a beast sitting on top of the fourth dreadful beast of Revelation organic chapter seven which is wrong union of church and state you can look in not to separate the little horn has two phases the first phase pagan Rome second phase papal Rome it it it goes against even on the Prince of the host and then we also we can look in Daniel chapter ten through eleven we study all about the king of the North given North plants the old man tabernacle of the houses they got Tabernacle religious term of his palaces political to her union of church and state and then all through the Bible we can look at the man of sin and second-best place at the two he sits himself in the temple of God making himself to be God in a here in Revelation seven thirteen we see again the papal power the funny characteristic is an apostate church join to political power union of church and state that is the characteristic that binding characteristic of the papacy and so when we look at the image to the beast what do we suppose we'll see we will see the same thing apostate Christian power joined together with a political power that's the image to the beast union of church and state at the enzymes okay and a couple things I want to point out here Revelation thirteen verse five I'm just a touch on this in order to move on to what the focus of this lesson will be verse five it says here it was given up to him meaning the papal power the beast of Revelation thirteen first piece on mouth speaking great things and this is a direct quotes from Daniel seven of the little horn and blasphemies are excusing I was reading her side anyway I'll be anyway last me the power given of them to continue forty and two months two months twelve hundred sixty days and verse six and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle and then the one hundred three blacksmith for things he blasphemes God he blasphemes his name he blasted the tabernacle and he blasphemes though that dwell in heaven interesting correlation here blaspheming God meaning he makes himself to be God and is in that state and goals of the very beginning and there he makes a statement I need to be worshiped and that the whole purpose of image of the beast he wants to be worshiped and mark of the beast Sunday legislation will come to he blasphemes his name meaning the name of God in Hebrew culture or back in those days name represent character says to Moses so show me your glory I beseech you show me a glory got the opacity for the US my goodness my mercy in my name a name represents characters that he blasphemes God character which is also another tactic that Satan or purpose in the great controversy and he blasphemes God 's tabernacle this one is rich because the sanctuary message is in the sanctuary service is the method by which God will finally solve the great controversy so when Satan blasting the tabernacle he is trying to blast away the only method that God has in place to solve this whole problem is the tabernacle he had his own priesthood it is on temples it is all rights he has human priest instead of Jesus our high priest and all of these things nullifying the heavenly century service and he blasphemes those that live in heaven and Justin me enough the papal power has ideas about Saints and purgatory and immortality of the soul and spiritualism all of those things it all comes together in all hands play the part in the final conflict and Satan 's plan our son is in a touch on that and were to move on your now let's get down back to Revelation chapter thirteen verses thirteen to seventeen were to spend the remainder of the class looking there so the image to the beast arises out of this second beast power and there are five phases that we see in Revelation chapter thirteen in the establishment of the image to the beast five phases okay and these five betas are steps and you'll see why it's pretty clear they go in succession if not all at once five phases five steps that lead up to it and using those five steps we can have a better idea where we are and not the whole scheme of things okay so let's go back to Revelation thirteen verse thirteen and we will look in trying to extract these five steps okay verse thirteen and he do with great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on earth in the sight of men phase one or step one great wonders and miracles even fire coming down from heaven at the first phase verse fourteen and deceives them that dwell on your island means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast that face number two NEC it cannot happen at the same time it's one after the other the miracle of comfort and because of the miracles that people are deceived and cordis he said them that dwell on the earth it represents a vast number of people of the majority if I do that work surveys number two deceives the majority by the miracles came fourteen again saying to them that dwell on the art that they should make an image to the beast which had the wound by a sword and a man this is step number three perhaps most important for us to catch who is at that makes the image the third step of the image is set up that is the third step but who does it is that the second beast or is it the people that dwell in the earth of course the second before the significant part to play because even one that is influencing people to do it but if the people you notice that the people that dwell on the earth that they should make an image of the beast which had wound of the sword and demand an verse fifteen this is phase for NC meaning the second beast had power to give life and the marginal reading Ashley said Brett interesting imagery there give breath to the image of the beast of 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 they number four life or breath is given to this image so that he can speak and just think for a moment what does it mean for a beast to speak how that the political power speak okay and the fifth point is actually the last part of verse fifteen number sixteen as many as would not worship the image of the B should be killed for sixteen and he causes all both small and great rich and poor free and bond to receive a mark in the right-hand window for it so it is the market obese market abuses closely linked to death a gift victory that is no buying or selling and then eventually I forgot verse seventeen that no man might buy or sell so the mark of the beast is the fifth face in the market would be involves a number of things no buying and selling and eventually at least two a deaf degree please unify steps first of all there is miracles and signs and wonders and it leads to a deception of the vast majority of the world and because the world is DC might be signs and wonders this beast has influence over them and says you should create an image that beat and the people rise up in the set of this image and a set of the image and then the second beast gives that image it's life or the threat and how we know when it's reading a living when it has the power speech and I want the speaks the next thing that gives it the market of the see the progression relationship with thirteen okay let's go back through these phases and look at them a little bit deeper and first is the miracles signs and wonders specifically mentions fire coming down from heaven now in the Bible question okay should question me and Mike station is actually calling the fire down from heaven okay let's talk about that the question is who in the physical manifestation calling fire down from heaven all right now where did I get to that in the moment alleges ask this question ourselves when did that in the history of the Old Testament when did someone call fire down from heaven Jack and there's another one this dude I'm thinking of there might be more actually does three delighted to the twice remember he was sitting in a tree or on the hill fifty nine comical thought Evan Evan Bloom run the ball up another fifty combo guards followed finally the last of them have mercy on us but there's another one is not aligned Jeff it's the dedication of Solomon 's Temple and in every single one of those instances what the fire coming down from heaven represents God 's presence yes and also more importantly God acceptance the dedication of the sanctuary got accepts the sanctuary I endorse it on Mount caramel God is endorsing Elijah thing this is my profit and even when you're calling far down to destroy all of those soldiers essentially the same thing I am God 's or God think this is my representative synoptic question at the end of time these signs and wonders it may not be specifically an instance where fire comes down from heaven even though that is entirely possible but it is more a demonstration of miracle working power so that people are deceived as to whether or not accepts this false movement oh eight I thought of the verbose but that's exactly right it's an equivalent it may not look exactly the same but something some miraculous never kept of that takes place what events or happenings that certain individuals or groups can say because this is what happen God is on our side and certain specific examples you look at a book or controversy I should have printed here specifically the great controversy mentions spiritualism as the fire coming down from heaven and is and that a very easy way for people to claim that God is on their site because most of Christendom believe in the immortality of the soul anyway individuals can say no bring up people from the dead bring up a saint and and talk to the dead be the future and instantly the vast majority of the world will say you know what you write spiritualism is one of the major liar coming from heaven experiences that we can expect in the end times and other things miracle dealings are also the charismatic movement the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues all of these things are representations of fire coming down from heaven in false revival false revival is said people say look God is with us because I can tell the future or I have the spirit because I just begin talks and unless we are rooted and grounded in what the Bible teaches even the very electrical maybe to see so that's number one first Faith and the purpose for the most important the purpose of the signs and wonders far coming down from heaven is to prove that this is a God when in actuality it is it just as a side note here that is why in the end times the ship we are counsel that God will use natural means specifically talk to my ceilings because we know that Satan 's tactic is to use the miraculous healing 's miraculous signs to the city that is one of the reasons why natural healing is a promoted because that's how God can still work miracles in paying our ISA number two number two this one them that dwell on the earth are deceived by the miracles of this piece is able to do so this deception basically we party cover this is a majority of the world type deception is not just a localized individual or to and from D this is perhaps the most crucial for us to recognize third is the image is set up in the image being set up is it comes from the people and particularly if we just think about the US government things happen through the representation form of government Republicanism and in the same way that is how the image of the beast will be set up it is not going to be a dictator that comes out all right a a president that just makes a one time staff when you sign the signature on just one bill that he himself unilaterally decided that is going to be limited release it does not help that happen is going to swell from the ranks of the people because they been deceived they will clamor for this and it will actually pass through a majority vote in the United States Congress that is that the height of legislation on the type of the method by which this image to the beast will come it will be undeniable it will not be a secret events that all of a sudden explodes upon the world there will are secret type of event that will be up to it as their proxy pretty clear about that but the final image of the beast it will be a decision that is asked for by the majority and this is why I say that okay this is from seven BC set Bible comes in point seven page nine seventy six already preparations are advancing and movements are in progress which will result in making an image the beast so things already in play and this is what wrote this a long time ago so there's no question whether or not events are moving that direction do we know about everything I'm sure we don't event will be brought about in the Earth 's history that will fulfill the prediction the prophecy in the last days the events will come and then we continued this is skipping out of seven BC nine seventy six film when the Protestant church is shall you not with secular power to sustain a false religion for upholding which their ancestors endured years of persecution when the state shall use its power to enforce the decrees and sustain the institutions of the charts then will Protestant America have formed an image to the beast and there will be a national prophecy which will end only and really cc this is this is the visit the picture it is the Protestant churches that come up to the chart out to the state demanding the state to enforce their policies it doesn't go from the state to the church is not the state putting a lid on the Church of England are controlling you now known about it go the other way if the Protestant churches because it could dominate in the Protestant churches that they see the far coming up in the revival of the spiritualism all of these things and pay as the majority influence the state to enforce what they want you see this is a very important distinguishing if the charges that ultimately will be the state to enforce what they want not the state controlling the churches of the two different things okay but there's more is this is a great contradicted for forty five when the leading churches of the United States uniting upon points of doctrine as are held by them in common shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy and infliction of several civil penalties upon the dissenters will inevitably result next paragraph the image to the beast represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas regretfully different paragraphs all sing the same thing Protestant churches the majority or the people the roots date go up the system and they end up bringing political support on their side one more paragraph year break offers you page five eighty eight through the two great errors immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness Satan will bring the people under his deceptions while the former leave the foundation of spiritualism the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome the Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hand across the Gulf to grasp the Hannah Spiritualism it will reach of the Vista clasp hands of the Roman power and under the influence of this threefold union this country will follow in the steps of Rome and trampling on the rights of conscience so threefold union between apostate Protestantism specifically in the US spiritualism and the papacy and who is the initiator according to this the Protestants of the United States will be or most in stretching their hand across the Gulf reached for spiritualism and then they reach for the papal power threefold unity okay so that's that number three the image is set up because the people want it it's not to be a secret alliance although this has happened before secret alliance between the US president Ronald Reagan and John Paul to get a secret alliance actually brought down communism saw nothing those things don't happen what I'm saying is that that is not how the image of the beast there may be movements that put positions in the pond in place but the final decision will be will be an overwhelming decision by the people that they want to rule against what the Constitution has given them that is the freedom that is how the final movements will take place okay so number four life or breath is given to the image so the people they stand up and they say we want this type of government we want the civil power to support our dog must and the breath given to this image the beef is the United States government giving voice to those religious dogmas and how does the political power speak by its legislation and my flaw that's exactly right so we know that the image of the beast of living and well when there is religious legislation coming for from our halls of Congress and the number five what is the market abuse it is a piece of legislation is a reprise of religious legislation and that this is a good beautiful final piece in the puzzle so the mark of the beast it is the other significant of assumption on the throne okay it is some it is a contract to the seal of God it is it occupy the same place in the format as the sealed document should occupy and him it is actually explained right here in seven BC nine seventy seven so seven BC nine seventy seven visit the definition of the mark of the beast and forgive me I know I should spend time going through this proving the Bible but not the focus of this class do today all right Sunday keeping it says is not yet the mark of the the and will not be until the decree goes forth causing men to worship the idols that the time will come when this day will be the test but that time has not yet come to Sunday keeping is not yet the market because Sunday keeping is not like the beast the market abuse is when suddenly keeping it in forth by legislation that's when it becomes a mark as of the reason why is because it is not a mark of the beast until it comes from the image of the beast the image of the beast as we set up first and then when the image speaks the law of Sunday legislation then it becomes the market of the beast right now it might just be a market without the mark of the beast because the beast of an issue to get in the sense of a legislation of course we know that you know even with the Crusades you can go with it up on video birth on a verse many quotes where the papal power claims Sunday at the market built forty they say we change the sound we could change the law of God so indeed it is their mark but not the mark of the beast and end times are so we looked at several things now the five steps okay I think I'm in action and make it today so five steps that leads to the image to the beats and when we come to this point in the presentation some people that there's two extremes that people do fall under one of skepticism or or a medical term as they fall into a sedation they think all I can never happen it will never happen is not possible and then there's other extreme when we say oh boy we better go and search up all of the latest information of all the secret meetings all of that extra you know conspiracies the receive what is actually happening we can thought the boat pictures and neither extreme is good but what is dangerous that aren't icy in the vast majority of Adventism is sedation we think that we been preaching this law that is not possible it will ever happen but just think for a moment back when this message was originally taught and preached by the pioneers it was a shortly after seventeen ninety eight the papal power was in shambles the United States was a fledgling country that Justine is independent it would be my first Civil War that almost this decimated itself and where saying that this is the second beast of Revelation chapter thirteen is going to his brother rule the world of the superpower called an image of the beast your ridiculous but if we look at the world today if the pioneers were live in is far day-to-day I think they would feel very justified in their interpretation of Bible prophecy was exactly right you know when the Pope Kane in April they asked President Bush what did you see when you look in either the Pope noise that draw of this president has a close relationship and report with the pulpit any other president before and also 9/11 you see very easily the scenario that the world has been put into Satan is very cunning just put us into this position will be left with less of two evils we either give up our freedoms for security we give up our security for freedoms that's a pretty rough choice which we can achieve you want to be insecure and get blown up in your local mall or item to give up your freedoms and be willing to surrender some a cost additional rights for security and that's the dilemma that we are put in right now and them it's very easy for Ross C how when we hit a certain tipping point as the spare profits that the final events will happen very rapidly as I think we are doing ourselves a great disservice to be skeptical of what Bible the Bible 's already said the final event all are upon us we do need to be ready but what's the proper response how can we prevent going to either ditch well the answer in Revelation chapter fourteen that is the answer to how we can be ready for the market B's foot into the being for all of you know buying and selling the time of trouble all of the things relationship fourteen is God 's final answer and a solution to the dilemma that were in the last days so Canada planning time but again next week there will be no class here so for you yet this leave you in the breathless anticipation for Revelation fourteen in two weeks with Norman and I won't be here for that it's been wonderful time teaching this class and I'll be back someday hopefully we can spend more time studying together and lift our heads as we close father we thank you for the warnings they given to us in your word is so detailed that no man needs to be deceived and nomads need to be unprepared and Lord as we look at the final event in Earth 's history we recognize that we are on the class of the final avalanche of final events and Lord may we be ready particularly having that solid faith filled experience with you each and every day how did this for NAV with us now in this class that is we pray to Jesus I was

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