2019-02-07 / Worship

The revelation to John continues

(Revelation 13:1-4)

At the end of chapter 12, God completes his message of witness to the Church of Jesus Christ, and to Israel, his chosen nation of the Old Testament days, with Elijah and Moses, as God’s spokemen to the chosen nation Israel. By the end of chapter 12, God has given to all the opportunity to know Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who came to die for the sins of mankind, and to be mankind’s Saviour.

We are told all about this in the first 12 chapters of John’s Revelation from Jesus Christ, by Jesus’ chosen angel from Heaven, who brought this to John,The Revelation of Jesus, that is all about God’s salvation for mankind, and the forgiveness of sin, and our heavenly home in the future, with God our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and God’s Holy Spirit and His angels. In chapter 13 things begin to change in mankind’s life on earth, and what he will have to endure as he lives his life on Earth.

Chapter 13 begins by saying, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (verse 1)

We immediately know that the future is not going to be good for mankind on Earth. We are given a description of the beast which John says, “I saw!”

John says the beast was like a leopard, his feet like a bear, his mouth like a lion, and the dragon gave him his power and his seat of great authority. At this point the whole message of Revelation changes for the worse, for mankind on Earth, (verse 2). The Church of Jesus has been removed from the Earth.

Verse three says, “And I saw one of his heads as it was wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast, and verse four says, “And they worshipped 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?’” These first four verses are all about the devil himself, and his kingdom on Earth, as it begins in the life of mankind, who is left on Earth.

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