Revelation 13 Reading Guide

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Chapter Overview:

Chapter 13 introduces us to the first two of Satan's minions. Tomorrow in chapter 14 we will meet the third, the harlot of Babylon. Chapter 13, however is about beasts.

  • v1-8 - The first beast is a conglomeration of multi-headed predatory animals (v2).

  • This first beast represents the oppressive world orders & governments.

  • It's not so important to try and figure out which worldly kingdoms are included in those seven heads (Babylon? Rome? Soviet Union?), or which of those kingdoms was mortally wounded but will be restored, rather, keep focused on the big picture. The point here is that there have always been, and as long as the earth endures, will always be kingdoms of man oppressing the Kingdom of God.

  • v11-16 - The second beast doesn't seem very scary at all.

  • In fact, it has the appearance of a lamb (v11).

  • This gentle appearance makes it much more dangerous.

  • It represents the 'wisdom' of the world.

  • We can see in our day and age how it positions itself as being attractive and sophisticated, but it's always pointing people away from Christ and towards the dragon.

  • A big part of this second beast's mission is marking out those who belong to the dragon.

  • To fulfill this mission, this beast puts a mark on those who belong to the dragon, which is represented by the mysterious number 666.

  • Contrast the mark which the beast gives, to the way you are sealed in Christ through your baptism!

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