3. a. Description of the beast rising out of the sea
This sounds like the fourth beast in Daniel’s vision. (Daniel 7:7).
Daniel asked for an explanation. He recorded the interpretation in Daniel 7:15-28.
- Seven heads—seven mountains (Revelation 17:7-12)
- Ten horns—ten kings who will reign with the beast and give their support to the beast (Revelation 17:12 and Daniel 7:24-25)
- Ten crowns on its horns
- Written on each head were names that blasphemed God
- Looked like a leopard
- Feet of a bear
- Mouth of a lion
- The dragon gave the beast his own power and throne and great authority.
- One of the heads of the beast seemed wounded beyond recovery, but the fatal wound was healed!
b. Bits that stood out to me
As I listened to the audio of this passage (Message version), these verses stood out—
I saw that one of the heads of the beast seemed wounded beyond recovery—but the fatal wound was healed! (From verse 3)
He was given authority (by Satan—Rev 13:2 & 4) to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation. (From verse 7)
It’s disturbing to think God allows Satan so much freedom.
4. God and Jesus versus Dragon and Beast
God conveyed ALL of his unlimited power and authority to Jesus. Matt. 28:18
The dragon conveyed limited power and authority to the beast. He only has power and authority within limits set by God.
Jesus is worthy of all honor, glory, dominion, and worship. Rev 5:12
The dragon and beast are unworthy of worship.
Jesus said, “Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Rev. 3:21 NLT
The dragon and beast seek to exalt their kingdom above God’s.
Both Jesus and the beast recovered from fatal wounds. Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world. Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NLT
And eternal life. 1 John 2:25
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];
The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him Isa. 53:5
And, because of Jesus’ wounds we are healed. 1 Peter 2:24
Jesus is crowned with glory and honor. Hebrews 2:9
The beast is a counterfeit.
Jesus had a sign affixed above his head on which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Although He was crucified for claiming to be the Son of God, it was the truth. Matt. 27:37
The beast’s signs were blasphemous. The signs may have claimed he was the son of god. But he was a counterfeit.
Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Rev 5:5
Jesus said, “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63 AMP
The beast’s lion-like mouth spoke blasphemy. Rev 13:5
Beast counterfeit: Seven heads—Seven often symbolizes completion, divine perfection, and wholeness.*
*The number appears more than fifty times in the book of Revelation. (GotQuestions.org)
5. a. How to guard against false teaching
We’ve had this question in other lessons, so I borrowed one of my previous answers.
Those who oppose God’s Word
- are savage wolves.
get in among the flock.
will sometimes rise up from among us.
speak perverse things.
attempt to draw away disciples to follow them.
subtly bring in destructive heresies.
many will follow their immoral ways and lascivious doings.
the true Way will be maligned and defamed.
their spirits are not of God.
False teachers are not sincere though possibly misguided.
Test the spirit behind teaching or prophecy.
Study and meditate on God’s Word so that I’m not like the blind being led by the blind.
Guard my heart.
Keep my GPS set on life.
Inspect their fruit and not their charisma.
Follow Christ and not man.
b. Some Christians now believe and teach that God approves of homosexuality.
I’ve read their justifications, but they make no sense to me.
I haven’t confronted anyone. In two instances, Christian women (one I’d never met and one who is an acquaintance) were making a regular thing of it on Facebook.
I “unfollowed” them to avoid being a part of their audience.
They know what the Bible says about the subject better than I, and they have arguments to justify their beliefs.
I didn’t have the time or inclination to debate them. I am concerned about them and their influence on the vulnerable.
That movement has zealous evangelists in the media. It’s working all too well.
I’m thinking I should have at least said I disagree and not just pray that the Spirit of God would lead them into all truth. What would you do?
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