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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Revelation 13

666

Summary:
The dragon stood by the shore, and a beast came out of the water. It had seven heads, each with a name cursing God on it. He was freaky, and the dragon gave him his authority. One head looked as if it had been slain, but it had healed. The world followed the beast, worshipping him and therefore the dragon. The beast spoke against God, warred against his people, and ruled for 3.5 years. Anyone who isn't God's will worship him. Pay attention! We need to have endurance.

Then there was another beast, with the authority of the first, and pointed for people to worship the beast. This second beast could do miracles before people in plain sight. People trusted him, and he set up an idol for the first beast. The idol was given life, and people were killed if they didn't worship it. Everyone had to wear the mark of the beast, or else they couldn't buy or sell anything.

Think about this. The beast's number is a man's number. It's 666.

Key verse:
18. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.

My thoughts:
Yea, this is kinda weird, but that's kinda expected.

So here we have a kinda Satanic trinity of the dragon and two beasts. It's not too hard to derive some interpretations of this. The dragon is Satan, and the beasts appear to be two leaders who will ride up, but there's something about the horns representing kingdoms or nations or something. The horns might be leaders, so maybe the beast is an amalgamation of leaders. The beasts will woo the world, but openly oppose Jesus Christ.

There are actually quite a few specifics in this passage, but I have to admit that I would be suspicious of someone being the anti-christ if they are an amazingly popular leader who seems to have survived a fatal wound!

The scariest thing in my opinion is John's call for wisdom to figure out what this is about. It kinda goes against my statement that it's not really worth really trying to figure our Revelation in specifics. It also implies to me that Revelation is talking about John's present reality, or very near future, or else this specific message to the Asian churches is pointless.

Obviously 666 is a very well known Satanic number, and it comes from here, and pretty much here only.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

"I have to admit that I would be suspicious of someone being the anti-christ if they are an amazingly popular leader who seems to have survived a fatal wound!"

Haha I can imagine how excited some of the "end times" people must've got back in 1981 when Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan were shot in assassination attempts and nearly died...but survived!!!

2:14 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Yea... it'd have to be pretty blatant. Maybe if Ariel Sharon woke up...

I think it's pretty much decided that Obama is the anti-christ.

2:35 pm

 

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