Chuck Missler Revelation Session 18 Ch 13 The Two Beasts
Well let’s do something radical its power hearts for a word of Prayer well father we thank you this evening for who you are and we seek to understand that even further father we thank you for your word and we thank you for the privilege of gathering together as we do this night to open your word to our lives and we’d ask you to open our hearts to your word that through your Holy Spirit we might grow in grace and the knowledge of a Lord and Savior that we might more fully apprehend what it is you’d have of us in these days that remain as we commit ourselves this night into your hands in the name of Yeshua our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ amen well we’re studying a book of Revelation and it’s one of my favorite books for several reasons not the least of which it’s the only book in the Bible that has the audacity to say read me I’m special norther book of the Bible says to has a commandment to read that particular book read the Bible read the Word of God great many places only one book says read me and you get a special blessing and we’re going to clean that but in that blessing tonight third verse first chapter is one of the places that says we are in session 18 of what will be about twenty-four sessions and tonight we’re taking chapter 13 which deals with the two beasts and the book of Revelation is one of the few books in the Bible that has its own outline in at the end of the next to the last verse of chapter 1 John has commanded write the things which thou hast seen the things which are and the things which shall be meted out after these things by the time you get to this verse he has just seen a vision of the risen Lord that’s what he had seen from the point of view of the pennmen that’s what passed and write the things which are he then will follow with two chapters that are the two most important chapters in the book in my judgment that’s the seven letters to seven churches right the things which are then he says write the things which shall be Hereafter the vision of Christ chapter 1 is the first part the seven churches is the chapters two and three is the second section and we obviously are in the third section that which follows after the churches chapters 4 through 22 and it’s interesting chapter 4 verse 1 opens up with the word meta tota after this it’s translated English Metis outta here after these things that other can behold a door was open we hold the view for reasons that we covered when we were in this particular passage that this represents a milestone of the rapture John is treated by to a preview at Trent he was transported forward in time to that event and John says I looked and behold a door was opened in heaven and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me which said come up hither and I will show the things which must be Hereafter there’s that word again meted out have so from chapter 4 verse 1 through chapter 19 of this book we believe that it is an expansion of the last four verses of Daniel chapter 9 so it was background of course you should take the occasion you can to review that as we plunge into the book we discover it has a Sevenfold structure when the lamb takes the book it has seven seals we notice that in each group of seven the kept Attic is just a fancy word for Sevenfold there’s always six and then a parenthesis and then the seventh in Chapter six we have the six of those seals open and then we have a sort of a change of subject to pause catching your breath as it were as another subject is dealt with and Chapter seven deals with a sealing of 12,000 reach of the 12 tribes of Israel one of the things I want you sensitized to is from chapter four on the book is very Jewish it’s very interesting to realize that the labels of Christ and all the identities that are used in chapters 2 and 3 with the churches are unique but from chapter 4 on I want you to sensitize to the Jewishness we find 12,000 each of the twelve tribes of Israel sealed in Chapter seven and so forth as read the book we’ll try to highlight that as we go we get to check the Seventh Seal you discover that’s made up in effect Hill or leads to seven trumpets seven trumpet judgments don’t confuse these with other trumpets there’s trumpet judgments and there again we have six of them and then there’s a pause before taking on the seventh this parenthesis consists of five chapters 10 through 14 and that’s where we are we’re in this parenthesis which is sort of a pause and an overview kind of series that we’ll be looking at tonight when we get through that 7th will discover it will lead to after this parenthesis that’ll lead to seven bold judgements poured out and even there between many people miss between the 6th and 7th there’s just a one or two verse parenthesis again but it’s interesting to understand the architecture of this book and we of course are in this parenthetical passage there we’ve been through chapter 10 the little book and the seven thunders and then we talked about then we went to the temple and the two witnesses that was time before last and we talked about the different views of the temple that will be rebuilt we know it will be because Paul John and Jesus all make reference to it standing in these times this the passage from chapter 4 through chapter 19 as an expansion of what’s the scholars would call the 70th week of Daniel seventy sevens were given to em as a prophecy 69 were fulfilled then there’s an interval with the number of things there’s a last seven-year period that is going to parent Li we believe is going to be triggered fairly soon and anyway we know the temple will be standing by the middle of that seven-year period there are three views the traditional view that it stands at the Dome of the rock we talked about that the northern conjecture is exemplified by dr.
Asher Kaufman and the southern conjecture which is the one that most scientists are beginning to support we really won’t know which one is resolved until we can do serious archaeology on the Mount we talked about the two witnesses subject with a lot of speculation and we take the view here that the two are Elijah must be most scholars would agree with that and because of the four powers that are specifically denoted in the chapter 11 Elijah had two of those and Moses had the other two and so for reasons that we won’t repeat all but we we hope we held that we think they’re literally Moses Elijah we suspect that the two men that are seen at the at the at the tomb at the resurrection the two men not angels men we check your scripture at the ascension may also be the same two witnesses but in any case we did that last time then we went in time for last then we went to chapter 12 a very pivotal chapter in the entire book I want to set the stage here because chapter 13 is really a an echo of chapter 12 in a sense chapter 12 is a summary of Israel the woman of chapter 12 is clearly Israel who brings forth a man child and is attacked by the adversary this red dragon the woman we believe is not the church as some people try to make for lots of reasons that clearly it’s Israel she gives birth to the manchild and we we develop that whole reasons we believe it’s this is one of those things that’s very very important for you to satisfy yourself as to that identity so I encourage you to do the study and come to your own conclusions it’s the the woman is Israel in the sense that it begin in Genesis 3 the seat of the one and remember now in genesis there are two seeds the seed of the woman which becomes a title of jesus christ and the seed of the serpent two seeds and it’s interesting to realize that the seed of the serpent among other things is attacking the woman both the woman idiomatically in this chapter but also women in general when we talk about allah notice what allah does to women we’ve gone to that well we talked a little bit about one of the important significance –is of chapter 12 in fact your whole understanding of the book of Revelation hangs on really understand seeing perceiving the role of Israel in God’s program and the reason I emphasize this that there are many people it’s been commonly taught in many places that somehow Israel forfeited the promises to her when she rejected her Messiah and those promises devolve Oh on the church that’s a very common theology that happens to be very non biblical and this is that when she rejected human is rejected or Messiah she forfeited the promises the problems of promises the promise of talk matter unconditional she couldn’t forwarder them if they tried and thus these promises presumably devolve on the church this looks like a rather innocuous heresy it’s not it’s very very dangerous Israel appears 75 times the New Testament in 73 verses and every one of them including the generation 616 refers to national Israel and there are major problems that emerge from this because the promises we’re talking about were unconditional you need to understand the Covenant that every one of us in this room they have a benefit before the throne of God do so because of the covenant with Abraham we need to understand that they all derive from that Paul in this definitive statement of Christian doctrine we call the book of Romans hammers away for three chapters chapters 9 10 11 that God is not finished with Israel she has a very pivotal place in God thank God’s plan of redemption the seven-week prophecy which is so pivotal to understanding all of both old and new Testament endtime prophecy outlines the prophetic role of Israel very clearly and and and Jesus has yet to fulfill the promise that Gabriel gave Mary at the birth that her child would sit on the throne of David that is yet to happen and so how do we go from Augustine to Auschwitz to Armageddon through this doctrine Oregon established a allegorical interpretations style which Augustine picked up and developed an all millennial theology we’ll talk a lot more about when we get to Revelation chapter 20 and out of that the medieval church and its quest for temporal power embrace that the Reformation did a lot of wonderful things but fail to redress their eschatology and so those ideas can continued in most denominational churches which led to the Holocaust in Germany among other things if you want to blame someone for the Holocaust in Germany don’t overlook the silent puppets that let it happen because of these this kind of doctrine and the tragedy of Jews I’m emphasizing it this is going to happen again in fact even worse that’s why it’s called the Great Tribulation and now the span child is the one that rules we’re out of iron to make this identity it shouldn’t be difficult for any of us here from Psalm to revelation to revelation 12 revelation 19 clearly that the one that’s rules the nations with rod of iron is who I can’t hear Jesus Christ exactly so she brought forth a man child who was to rule all the nature of the rod of iron and her child was caught up to God and to his throne and most people take for granted that what that’s referring to is the Ascension of Christ during his ministry and it was gh Pember I believe was the first to consider an alternative possibility the word caught up in the Greek there is a familiar word to us now it’s harpazo and to seize carry off by force that doesn’t exactly describe the Ascension does it and so there are many that suspect what’s in view here is the rapture say well that was just one person so as the raptures the body of Christ so I’ll let you think about that and come to your own thoughts about that but tonight with this background we now come to chapter 13 as our main subject tonight we talked about the woman the manchild the red dragon Michael and the remnant those were all last time in chapter 13 we’ve got a beast out of the sea and a beast out of the earth so how many person jizz are embraced in these chapters 2 / 13 7 what a coincidence I don’t think that you can no matter how many lists you make of the sevens in the book of Revelation there exhaustible I’ve done that many times and you always end up discovering a couple more if you look hard enough so it’s a it’s an interesting exercise but these two beasts of Raptor 13 are subject tonight to complete the seven personages that are in this parentheses between the sixth and seventh trumpets we’re together okay there’s a conflict between to seize the seat of the woman the seated surfer that starts in genesis and obviously alludes to the red dragon Satan identified verse 9 of chapter 12 last time who is going to bring forth the coming world leader I’ll use that title there are 33 others that we could use from the Old Testament loan and he has a sidekick by the what that is seems to be called the false prophet the point is that these three which some people would dub Trinity Satan and as aspiring the role of the father the coming world leader being his false messiah if you will and the false prophet being his John the Baptist or holy spear however you want to do that the the many scholars refer to these three as a satanic Trinity and but in any case the coming world leader the false prophet are the subject here in chat of chapter thirteen so let’s just jump in chapter 13 verse 1 we start off with a manuscript problem because there’s a minor mistake here the way it reads in your Bible is 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 crowns the name of blasphemy and by the way the Crown’s here are diadem’s not Stefano’s with Christians that it’s a Stefano’s it’s the ward for performance it’s a reward like a Olympic thing kind of thing no these are diadem’s these are ruling crowns but the first point is this word i’ is a mistake this actually there are manuscripts which manuscript evidence that indicates this really should be the last including the flesh for verse of chapter 12 but in case the eye is a he it’s not it’s a second person that first person so he stood upon the sin that that is the Beast that john saw in other words john saw this beast that stood on the sand of the sea and so forth having seven heads and say it’s a small point but so you don’t get confused it’s not John that’s stood on the sand of the sea it’s John saw the one standing on the sand of the sea and one can make the argument that pronin actually refers to Satan but whether it’s Satan a Satan’s man won’t split hairs we’ll just keep moving here the name the word here beast is theory on which is a beast a voracious beast that’s one reason when we translate the earlier chapters with the living creatures that are before the throne your English Bible uses the word beast there because they but the Greek word is ZOA not theory on and so it’s a misleading because it the word beast in our vernacular descent tends to sound ferocious and negative it is here and it should be but it isn’t with what that’s why we usually use the term living creatures or in Chapter four and five in any case this is implied is it like a beast of prey in the contrast of the word ZOA from the others now because this beast these first beast is out of the sea the second will be out of the earth there are many scholars that presume or suspect that this may be a Gentile one of the great debates about the Antichrist is a jizya Gentile or a Jew well you got to remember first of all it’s a duet it’s not a single guy there’s two of them but many commentators I wouldn’t make a big case of this is what just be aware of it tend to see this guy as a a Gentile and because the see is usually identified with people’s that’s that illusion has made several times in in the Bible and several times the book of Revelation that we’ll note when we get there but for that reason many view him as a this first beast as a Gentile political ruler he has seven heads ten horns upon his head and it says the Beast that I saw was like unto a leopard and his feet were as a feet of a bear and his mouth as the mouth of a lion and the dragon gave him his power and his seat and great Authority these allusions both verse 1 and 2 echo Daniel chapter 7 that we’ve reviewed several times in the study so far it interesting that we have these three creatures there in the inverse order then they show up in Daniel some commentators speculate that’s because we’re looking back rather looking Daniel was looking forward here is looking back who knows because the order is reversed but the these aspects of the leopard bear and lion are several if you the lion communicates arrogantly with authority or and the bear contract and indeed Nebuchadnezzar II may recall from Daniel chapter 4 and others was very characterized by his arrogance pride the bear controls extensively the bear referred to the Persian Empire may recall which controlled a wider extent than any of the others and the leopard conquered swiftly you remember that was the allusion in Daniel 8 and elsewhere to the career of Alexander the Great so there’s those attributes from the Daniel study may echo here you can do your own study and come to your own conclusions but John says I saw one of the heads as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed and all the world wondered after the Beast now here’s where most commentators take one of two different views there are many of the good commentator good conserva commentators that feel that the heads are a government or an entity others feel that this head wound is literal to a person it’s very possible that both asked attributes can be true but clearly the more we watch this idiom emerge at least three or four times in the in the text the more it seems we’re talking about a person’s head wound I’ll show you why I leaned that way I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to the death see one of the problems by the way the word for King and Kingdom is identical Melik it’s just like the dictator says I am the state the state and the person are really in a sense in it’s been many visions inseparable and that’s what leads to some of the confusion I think but anyway I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to the death and his deadly wound was healed in other words he apparently was wounded as if dead and his deadly wound ourselves not some scholars feel he actually died and came back to life there’s some theological problems with that one I won’t go down that path but in any case the world thinks he’s dead but he apparently is healed and all the world is astonished at his return now some people will take those words and try to apply them to an to an empire that left is now back and that may be valid we’ll go further but the thing that strikes me as we get into the text this head wound becomes a major identifier of this leader that’s why I take it very literally and I’ll show you some other reasons – there is a physical description of the Antichrist as we would call them in the Old Testament the last verse of Zechariah chapter 11 has a very strange little verse in it referring to this coming world leader here is called the idle Shepherd not idle like lazy idle like false worship idea well woe to the idle Shepherd that leaveth the flock the sword shall be upon his arm and upon his right eye his arm shall be clean dried up and his right eye shall be utterly darkened this is one of these little enigmas that lace the book of Zechariah gotten a number of these little gems tucked away in various corners that’s all it says what do you do with that don’t know but it seems to be an allusion to this final world leader and I and the fact that he apparently has a injury that leaves him with one arm in capacity and one eye incapacitated is important enough to be here mentioned and it may explain why it is that his followers will identify him by taking a mark on his hand or on their forehead or both go moving on this is and they worshipped the Dragon which gave power to the Beast this leader is going to be satanically empowered no surprise many of us could make a list of people that we believe are satanically empowered today but notice this they worshipped the dragon who’s the dragon revelation 20 verse 9 identifies that unequivocally they worshipped the Dragon which gave power to the Beast in other words his followers are going to be Satan worshippers are there Satan worshippers today all kinds let me tell you candidly one of the names that you’ll hear about all the time that’s all off that’s Satan worship they wouldn’t they won’t like to admit that for lots of reasons but if you do your homework read the Quran and find out the background you’ll understand what I’m talking about here the apart of beasts and they worship the Beast saying who is like unto the beast who is able to make war with him this guy that’s going to emerge is going to be satanically empowered and the entire world is going to worship Satan because of his empowering him and he will be he’ll appear to be invincible and we’re going to find out as we get into this that he doesn’t come up as a military leader comes up as a peacemaker but he becomes militarily very powerful verse 5 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 if I was going to there’s two identifiers of him one is the head wound I just mentioned the other one it’s astonishing to me to make a list of the places where he is alluded to in the old and the New Testament by his primary characteristic is that he’s shooting off his mouth mr.
Big mouth would be a great label for because all through Daniel several times he’s boasting Paul in 2nd Thessalonians 2 makes that reference and here you’ll find the same thing it’s emphasized there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months there’s that and we’ve come across that again and again and again twelve hundred and sixty days forty two months three and a half years half of a seven-year period though that’s the most documented period of time in both the old and the new testament you will not find any other period of time in the entire history of the universe that’s more expressly nailed down more different ways than this peculiar period of time that I believe is on our horizon and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God there goes again em to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle and guess what else he blasphemes he blasphemes the name of God he blasphemes his tabernacle and them that dwell in heaven how interesting there’s a group of people missing that are now in heaven that he’s blaspheming I think that’s kind of interesting and it was given unto him to make war with the Saints and here’s the surprised and overcome them and power was given him over all Kindred’s and tongues and Nations jerem Jeremiah 30 verse 7 calls this period of time the time of Jacob’s trouble because that’s the focus that’s insane in Satan’s agenda but it’s not limited to that it’s worldwide all Kindred’s tongues and nations you need to understand that to be a believer in this period of time means death Gentiles are not protected in this period believing Gentiles are killed now that’s a strange contradiction I’ll come back to that later but I want you to notice here in verse 7 in chapter 13 that this leader is going to overcome the Saints this I want to just say upfront don’t jump to the conclusion that all Saints are in the same category there are Saints in the Old Testament all kinds obviously there are Saints in the New Testament and subsequent book of Acts and so forth there are also Saints in this period and they are they have different characteristics and one of the ways well I mean that time to get let’s keep moving here for now to overcome them this group cannot is not protected they’re going to be overcome and all that dwell upon the earth shall worship Him that is this evil guide I want you to be sensitive to this term the earth dwellers all through the book of Revelation there’s a consistent use of a group of people called earth dwellers those that dwell upon the earth you and I are not earth dwellers we’re passing or pilgrims passing through we’re dealing here with those that dwell upon the earth how they shall worship this guy whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world If any man have an ear let him hear is that there’s that phrase again interesting he that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity he that killeth with the sword must be killed with a sword here is the patience and the faith of the saints so this is section 1 of these two sections making up chapter 13 the guy we’ve been talking about is obviously a political leader very powerful he’s also worshipped he’s commonly called the Antichrist I’ll show you why that’s an unfortunate label in many respects but nevertheless that’s let’s not fight that battle but what everybody overlooks is there’s two guys this only half the chapter we’re going to see another guy surface here beast number two John says I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth he had two horns like a lamb and spake as a dragon since he comes out of aerith’s or the earth many scholars presume or suspect that this one may be Jewish that may be so maybe not there’s all kinds of debates we’ll touch about some of those things but remember there’s two guys now and he had two horns or two sources of authority like a lamb in other words simulating a lamb two horns maybe one’s political one to religious there’s all kinds of conjectures whatever the horn is a classic idiom for authority or power like a lamb and he spake though as the dragon so this is your this is your false leader here he’s called the other beast throughout the stressed of the scripture he is alluded to as the false prophet he’s the one that’s going to give cause the people to worship the first guy this guy may be a Jew in the minds of some scholars they see allusions to in Ezekiel 21 as Eagle 28 that would support that conjecture Daniel 11 36 and 37 would support that conjecture in John just says Jesus said I’ve come in my own name and I’ve come my father’s name and you received me not if another come in his will come in his own name and him you will receive a member that the word another there is olives not heteros implying another of the same that would imply that there’s one can make a grammatical argument that that would imply is Jewish not a convinced a conclusive one but it suggested one and in Psalm 55 in other passages he obviously has received by Israel strangely enough which is another some people argue that means you would have to be Jewish the rebuttals for all of these I won’t get it all out here verse 12 and he exercises all the power of the first beast before him and causes the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed so get the rolls here the second guy causes the rest of the world to worship beast number one see understand the difference number one obviously gives him the power to do this because the earth and them which dwell therein there again we have an allusion to the earth dwellers to worship the first piece and notice the identity that’s used here again in verse 12 whose deadly wound was healed this again is suggestive to me that we’re talking about a guy who had an apparently fatal wound that he came he that he the he gets healed from some scholars even conjecture that that’s sort of like a false resurrection maybe so see part of the Satan’s imitations here and he do with great wonders so that he maketh Fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men see he’s duplicating the same thing God did in the Old Testament with Elijah the rest in other words it’s again Satan imitating and by the way when you start studying that kind of thing realize that when Moses did those plagues the book of Exodus Pharaoh’s ministers did likewise they were able to do many similar things and don’t presume those were parlor tricks you’re seeing a cultic power unleashed there but with limitations of course so you make a fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had the power to do in the sight of the beast saying to them that Raw on earth that they should make an image to the Beast which which had the wound by a sword and did live there again we have this allusion to this head wound again that’s why I don’t think this idiomatic of an empire that disappeared and came back or some of the other conjectures I think this is somehow a characteristic of that leader but I want you to notice the deception Satan’s primary skill is deception he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by what miracles signs and wonders you and I are not ready for this the world’s not ready for this can you imagine a political leader doing miracles real miracles not parlor tricks Jesus Christ did not rely on miracles for his attend ocation the prophecy the fact that was all foretold we would do a careful study of that it’s dangerous to build your acceptance on signs and wonders when you start looking at experience around the Word of God you open yourself up for all kinds of deception on the one hand and a never-ending search for more and more signs and wonders and this is going to climax by a signs and wonders specialist called the false prophet he is Siva them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had the power to do in the sight of the beast saying them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the Beast which had the wound by a sword and did live this is foreshadowed in Daniel chapter 3 remember Nebuchadnezzar had this dream of all the empires the form of a metal big metal image different metals and all that chapter 2 by telling at chapter 3 Nebuchadnezzar’s on his ego trip and he gets talked into building an image apparently like he had in his dream except all gold remember and it forces them to worship and so forth there’s a whole there’s a whole parallel you can you can draw between that whole episode in Daniel chapter 3 and these passages and again of course he’s identified by this head word and so forth and he had the power to give life unto the image of the Beast Wow now in our modern technology it doesn’t surprise us I have no idea why there’s some kind of three-dimensional holographic thing or whatever some kind of advanced thing who knows 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 Beast of the image should be killed again this is analogous to what happened in Daniel chapter 3 when when the three young Jewish men didn’t bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s band that they were throwing the fiery furnace and the intent being that they would be killed as would not worship the image of the Beast killed okay he causes all both small and great rich and poor free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads strange place for marks that no man might buy or sell save he had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name this has led this in the next verse have led to more books going down where I believes the wrong path they missed the point this is a Caraga it’s a brand or a seal his followers are going to willingly take on a brand that will manifest their allegiance to this leader okay he’s able to enforce that because he has economic control yes you can’t buy or sell or whatever unless you have his authority it’s got nothing to do there’s nothing wrong with having a credit card or a PIN number that’s not the point it’s not your number that’s at issue it’s his it’s his number a lot of Christians get all hung up with these bar code stories and assertable I’ll get to that in a minute but first of all I want you underst well let’s go ahead here a mark by the way in the Torah is prohibited Leviticus 19 and 21 Deuteronomy 14 in a number of other places the court in the Old Testament the perspective is you don’t take marks on your person and in anticipation of these issues I believe I want to go flashback now to this physical description that’s in Zechariah 11 17 water the idol Shepherd that live the flock the sword shall be upon his arm and upon his right eye that right arm and right eye is that possible his arm shall be cleaned right up and his right eye shall be utterly darkened I visualize a leader like sort of Moshe Dayan by the way it was left eyes it’ll start starting I’m just using him as an example of someone or John Wayne and True Grit or whatever there’s an identity that one might take if you’re trying to identify with that leader you follow me now then and you take his mark on your right hand or on your forehead to see what I’m getting at okay here is wisdom verse the last verse of after 13 has spawned a library of speculations here’s wisdom let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast for it is the number of a man and his number is six hundred threescore and six now people who know absolutely nothing else about the Bible all know that somehow 666 is the big thing right 666 in the greek the word Christos starts the first and last letter if you take the first and last letter of those and then there’s another Greek letter there’s like a little serpent put that right in the middle of it you have what a designation for what is the Antichrist but the word Antichrist is misleading because we think of Antichrist someone who’s against Christ and indeed this guy is against Christ but that’s not what the word and Christos means it means pseudo Christ in the place of Christ you see the difference there against Christ yes but more descriptive is the fact that he’s putting himself in the place of Christ or a pseudo Christ as perhaps a more accurate translation the way we would use the term well if you take these three letters the first last the serpentine thing you get as you may know Hebrew and Greek have the peculiar characteristic that each letter has a numerical value the study of that’s called demetria and it’s very interesting in the Hebrew for lots of reasons is also interesting in the Greek these three letters have these values 660 and 6 and they in the Greek that’s that’s a Greek way of saying six six six six is the number of man the if you take the all if you take Roman numerals they don’t have all the letters you have just a group of letters six of them that add up to that dues numerically for Roman numerals if you take those letters and add them up you know they add up to 666 kind of interesting just coincidence probably if you take Arabic numbers from one through six squared 36 and add them up you get 666 so these are just mirakl properties the number six in the scripture clearly is used as the number of man seven is complete man is one deficient and you can go all through the scripture and see examples of the six sixes and by the way so people because of this verse people have tried to take all kinds of names and try to fit them in numerically except they don’t use Greek or Hebrew necessarily they use English which is English doesn’t have that characteristic they impute one and then try to make it work somewhere but even if you take the Hebrew Greek you’ll discover in gambit Rhea there are all kinds of gamete Rhea reveal is the normal one there’s another one if you take the values plus the number of letters that’s another theory Kitana if take the small value tens and hundreds reduced to these sum the digits and do what they call the reduced values or you can take the nominal values plus the values of each letter preceding it you go through all these different rules and it demonstrates what we used to call in the computer industry the principle that if you torture the data long enough it’ll confess anything you have people convinced that this that this gamma tria refers to Caesar Nero you’ll find a Hitler Napoleon you can go on and on and on you can you can probably find somebody that’s found any prominent person tied to the 666 by some convoluted set of conjectures but the other real issue though so you don’t get on consider other things whose number are we talking about a lot of people are concerned about insertable chips because there’s being used for livestock and they’re used for kids and people and other things if you’re on special ops they can track you by satellite because you have an inserted SiC they know exactly where you are and so forth RFID is a big thing coming little chips that are might very microscopic that don’t need batteries to transmit the ambient energy will cause it to transponder serial number which means that you can walk through a warehouse and take an inventory of what’s in the warehouse and there are come that are moving this direction and there’s the cost get lower there’ll be more and more widespread and is it is a boon for reducing the cost of distribution also associated with these kinds of things are barcodes and there’s all kinds of people that get concerned because in barcodes there’s different all kinds of different formats but one of the primary ones uses a six as a separator sign so the at both ends in the middle there’s a six and so you got a six six six on that card oh wow they get all unglued you know is that something to do with revelation it may it may not but the point is it’s not the code on the product or the code on your wrist in the sense of who you are what’s at issue here is who he is and the point is if you willingly take on his name or number as a form of allegiance you gain and irreparable barrier to ever being saved you’re lost done so you don’t wanna do that it’s his number and name that are the critical than the issues not yours he will be able to enforce you taking this on would seem because of his control over electronic funds transfer distribution and probably a lot of other things it’s his political power that causes him to cause people to worship Him but the issue that indict them is taking on this identity with him and it’s a show it’s showdown time and again it’s a I believe it ties to sucker I 11 17 well we call him the Antichrist actually there are 33 different labels in the Old Testament alone and we’re going to we won’t go through all of these we’ll mention a couple of them the Assyrian we’re going to talk about a little tin that’s overlooked by many scholars he’s called the idol shepherd in Zechariah 11 we talked about that he’s the little horn in Daniel 7 he’s the prince that shall come in Daniel 9 the seed of the serpent in genesis the willful king of daniel 11 and on they go there obviously 33 of them in the New Testament there’s 13 he’s the angel of the bottomless pit and so forth and we tend to use the term Antichrist which is kind of a strange label because the only guy that used that term is John in his epistle and John wrote Revelation and didn’t use it there but still you know he’s called of course the beast in Revelation 11 17 so with he’s called the false prophet actually two different guys but you get the idea the man of sin the son of perdition the word a son of perdition is a very strange one because there are those that believe because of the use of that label with him that it’s Judas resurrected and that’s a crazy idea and yet when you look at some of the verses I can understand how they get attracted to it because Judas when he killed it says he it sent him to his place there’s a couple of phrases in this text that cause you to wonder but I don’t really pull that view so I won’t but let’s just be aware that does exist just review a little bit they remember the 70 weeks of Daniel they’ll scope the 69 weeks we studied that before there’s an interval between the 69th and the 70th week verse 26 is important to understand because by that we understand they’re not contiguous you and I are in that interval that’s why it’s so important but the 70th week is what the book of Revelation is really all about the 69 weeks we talked about how this commandment predicted that the Gabriel told Daniel the precise day that the Messiah would present himself as the machine again writing that donkey into Jerusalem – the exact day the one of most astonishing apologetics demonstrating the deity of Jesus Christ in the scripture and this is all in black and white 300 years before the ministry period it’s all part of the Septuagint translation into Greek into 70 BC but is this interval I want to call your attention to that you and I are in that’s verse that 26 and after threescore and two weeks shall the Messiah be cut out cut off executed the Messiah is executed according to Daniel 9 but not for himself and the people of the prince that shall come that’s the phrase that’s rather strength the people that prince that shall come shall destroy the city in the sanctuary and so on well who destroyed the city in the sanctuary Jesus predicted in Luke 21 that 38 years later it would be destroyed after his crucifixion and indeed it was astonishing prediction in Luke 21 but who destroyed the city and the sanctuary the Romans right 5th 10th throw man legions you know the story well here says the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city in the sanctuary wealth the people that destroyed the city sang she was the Roman armies that that’s a elliptical way of saying gee the prince that shall come must be some in some sense a Roman and because all of us so many of us me included in the early days jump to the conclusion that the Roman Empire means Western Europe that’s my Opik the East we’ll talk about that the eastern leg of the Roman Empire outlasted the western leg by a thousand years so yes you may come from the Roman Empire but we have some other information that we haven’t applied and I’ll show you that so we are in this interval between the 69 weeks and the 70th week the revelations talked about during which we have the crucifixion and we have the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD so there’s at least 38 years in this interval we’ve experienced just by experience that’s almost 2,000 but we’re coming up we believe for lots of reasons we suspect that 70 week is not far away now in Daniel 2 we talked about the strange metallic image of Nebuchadnezzar we reviewed that several times in the study in Daniel chapter 7 we have the same information presented with different idioms Daniel saw a Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream the way it looks to man the bright shiny medals Daniel saw the way God sees it a series of voracious beasts a winged lion bear on one side the leopard we talked about that little area that the lion the bear and the leopard echoed in Revelation and then we have this last fourth Empire that’s in two phases in fact Daniel can’t find these others he one is like a lion one’s like a bear one’s like a leopard he couldn’t think of something like this one he just called the great and terrible beast that grows ten heads and those ten heads will be important to us the trick question is how many heads does this terrible beast have how many guess again no no no 1111 everybody misses that because you got the 10 heads but we’re going to talk about 11th very key part to unraveling the rest of it in Daniel 7 the goodies just excerpt a few verses these great beasts which are four are four kings or kingdoms which will arise out of the earth but the Saints of the Most High shall take the Kings a four of you looking possess the kingdom forever and ever amen then I would note it’s any Daniel didn’t ask questions about the first three he was fascinated with his fourth one and were grateful because that’s the one where one we the other three we know about because they passed then I would know the truth of the fourth beast which was diverse from all the others exceedingly Greg Gretel whose teeth were of iron his nails of brass which devoured break in pieces and stamped the residue with his feet and of the ten horns which were in his head there was the ten horns where’s me so far but notice and of the other which came up see an eleventh comes up on the scene before home free foul so you got ten minus three gives you the seven that’s going to show up in a minute even of that horn had had eyes and a mouth that speak great things whose look was more stout than his fellows this is the little Horn of Daniel seven there are ten horns plus another one which means how many eleven and everybody misses because the ten horns is such an idiom they miss it I beheld the same horn made war with the Saints and prevailed against them there it is again in Daniel 7 they prevailed against them remembering back in Revelation 13 it was given unto him make war with the Saints and to overcome them money was getting the power was given to him over all Kindred’s tongues and Nations why is this such an issue because Jesus said in Matthew 16 I said India though art Peter and upon this rock I’ll build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it same word but incidentally nação in the Greek as is implied in the rest of these so the point really is is that the church is not part of the Saints that we’re having view in Daniel 7 or revelation 13 different group say Chuck what are you getting at well let me let me just pause and insert something here that important jesus said of John the Baptist no man born of woman is greater than John that’s quite a statement for Jesus to make about a human being no man born of woman is greater than John John the Baptist in his next breath he says but he this least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John what on earth does that mean that John wasn’t saved no of course he was saying what does it mean these goes on to say the law and the prophets Torah and the prophets were until John see the Old Testament doesn’t close with Malachi in fact in the Hebrew Bible there’s a different order anyway be second Chronicles that’s not the point the Old Testament period as a period closes with John the Baptist he’s the end of that dispensation a whole new things going on okay and so I want to alert us to the fact that there’s Paul’s biggest burden in his epistles is to cry try to get across to us the unique blessings we have as members of the ecclesia because he could not grasp he’s used the Old Testament where the Holy Spirit to be given and withdrawn and so forth that he’s given without repentance to us that were sealed you know the whole concept that we take for granted we don’t understand Paul’s epistles because we don’t we don’t understand the answer because we don’t and what the question is it’s a profound issue you and I enjoy blessings that astounded him to realize what we have but that’s for a period of time during verse 26 of Daniel 9 this interval when the church is over and it will be there’s a numbers God is looking for when that’s over it’s going to be in us in some respects just like it was the Old Testament that’s why we have 144,000 sealed and so forth so anyway let’s move on and the until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was given to the Saints of the Most High and the time came that the Saints possessed the kingdom that’s of course what is going to happen if they had a book of religion and he said the fourth beast shall be the fourth Kingdom upon the earth which shall be diverse from all kingdoms so devour the whole earth and she’ll tread it down and break it in pieces now we know from Daniel 1 there is an area that he doesn’t get his thumb on and that’s what we call Jordan Edom Moab in heaven and the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten Kings that shall arise and another shall arise after them and he shall be diverse from the first and she’ll subdue three kings there’s again this eleventh King and shall speak great words against the Most High shall wear out the saints of the Most High there it is again and to think I think to change the times and the laws and they shall be given into his hand until a time times the dividing of time here is this strange expression again a single a singular a dual times is not a plural it’s a dual time times that’s three and the dividing of time half that’s a way expressing three and a half years certainly comes several times and by the judgment and budget but the judgments is it initial take away his Dominion and consume and to destroy unto the end it’s also called forty to forty two months to 1260 days we’ve been through that several times okay and the King in the Dominion the great is the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High whose kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom and all dominions shall serve and obey him hitherto is the end of the matter as for me Daniel my cogitations much troubled me and my countenance changed in me but I kept the matter in my heart that’s Daniel 7 Daniel chapter 11 is of one of the most interesting chapters of the Bible I’ll show you want to want to touch on that the first two verses of course are the Persian Empire up to verse three and four we have the Greek Empire and from chapter from from Alexander the Great to the end we have well after the Greek Empire divides under the Ford is four generals but it’s the two of the two powerful ones Seleucus and Ptolemy are the critical ones of the scripture deals with and from in Daniel chapter and verse from verse 5 through 35 is a history of these two series of dynasties the Ptolemies to the south and the Seleucids to the north what’s interesting about this they sometimes call the period between the old New Testament the silent years period between the Testaments what everybody overlooks is those years are covered in advance in Daniel 11 so precisely that the cynics have tried to argue this must have been written later because it fits so perfectly if you get if you take the trouble to get into it but in any case the point I’m getting is that’s up to verse 35 it ends up in this historical portion of the chapter with Antiochus Epiphanes from chapter 35 through about 30 to 40 the career of Antiochus Epiphanes anticipates the Antichrist in many ways when you get to verse 42 the end it’s clear it goes far beyond in fact there’s an overlap in other words and that that as we study that we learn not only about the abuse as he instituted in his grain but we get some glimmers of what this final leader who’s going to that he foreshadows is going to get into but we now that produces the whole issue of Satan’s super kingdoms Revelation chapter 12 verse 3 says there appeared another wonder in heaven lest less time and behold a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven Crown’s upon his heads remember packing now what’s interesting is there have been as we as best we understand seven primary kingdoms Egypt was the first one then a Syria then Babylon then Persia Greece Rome and Rome in two phases I’m splitting it because of the discussion in Daniel chapter 2 and the second one has the ten horns and all that business where you gather with these seven okay and the phase two is in Chapter two of Daniel 7 and of course revelation 13 and 17 Daniel talks about the four Empire I’m going to say Daniels four plus one because this last Empire Roman two phases is seen as the same kind of Empire but it’s divided into pieces then reassembled in Daniel chapter 2 so you understand why I’m saying four plus one there am i confused everybody now you’re really confused in other words you from the point of view of Empires the early Roman Empire and the revived Roman Empire are two empires but they are echoes of the same you with me okay so that’s why I’m calling it for this presentation Daniel 4+1 but in any case is still seven you with me so far okay you think this is hard here hang on in revelation 17 we’re going to encounter the following there are seven kings five are fallen one is and the other is not yet come and when he cometh he must continue a short space remember reading that when you breed the book of Revelation okay well the seven kings no problem here we are Egypt kings or kingdoms are the same word Egypt Syria babbling Persia Greece and then Roman two faces seven okay five are fallen when John is writing this Egypt Assyria Babylon Persia Greece our history he’s alive during Rome see five are fallen and one is what’s the one that is Rome with are you tracking him so far okay that’s the easy part the other is not yet come right obviously the second phase of the Rome revived or call it what you will okay when he cometh he must continue a short space the next verse is the one that’s a corker that’s what led me to try to develop this chart for you the Beast that was and is not even he is the eighth and is of the seven and goeth into perdition take that verse to your home Bible study and have them analyzed that’s a toughie innit the Beast that was and is not even he is the eighth well how can you have seven in heaven eight I suspect that’s an allusion to the little horn that’s so prominent in Daniel 7 Daniel 8 and becomes the eleventh horn in the idiom of chapter seven and eight and so on the Beast that was and is not even he is the eighth okay and yet he’s of the seven how can he be an eighth but of the seven in other words he’s coming out of this other bunch the Beast that was and is not which of these empires is not visible today Egypt surround Babylon is around Persians around Iran Greek Rome in some respects there’s one that’s missing the one that was and is not I was quite startled to discover that near San Diego there’s a community of Assyrians and I discovered there are groups of Assyrians all around the world conclaves of people who are been disallowed of their homeland don’t confuse them with Syria the area of Assyria is area that encompassed both Syria and Iraq but the Assyrians are very jealous of their own identity and when the iraqi freedom thing started they were ecstatic they don’t have an agenda they don’t how it’s going to happen but they suspect in the turmoil they may eventually get their homeland back and i thought that’s kind of interesting perspective they came to one my talk some of them did that’s where i was very intrigued with that but the reason I’m eating is didn’t this isn’t for that it’s because what’s in the scripture the people have overlooked in Micah chapter 5 this man shall be the peace when the Syrians shall come into our land and when he shall tread in our palaces and when and then shall we raise against him seven shepherds really and eight principal men and a show waste the land of the cirrie with the sword in the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian when he cometh into our land when he treadeth within our borders Micah five alludes to this leader who he calls the Assyrian and the Assyrian Assyria the land of Nimrod the Assyrian and he’s not the only one Isaiah chapter 10 there similar passages in verse five 12 and 24 and by the way something else that may surprise you you may recall in the book of Exodus that a king rose up that knew not Joseph that caused all the trouble and he’s very apprehensive because the Hebrews had multiplied so much they were a threat so they subjected him made him slaves in other words the slavery started under this Pharaoh you won’t find this in the Egyptian chronologies but in the book of Isaiah chapter 52 verse 4 he tells you that the Pharaoh that oppressed the Jews and the Exodus was an Assyrian see Pharaoh is a title the 25th dynasty the Pharaoh was Pharaoh Necco who was Ethiopian it’s a title they weren’t always Egyptians the fact that he was an Egyptian may be one of the reasons he was insecure with his office with the Hebrews becoming so popular so populous who knows I’ll let you do some homework on that it’s interesting to look at our history and realize that Iran we emerged out of world history in 1906 in 1921 Afghanistan in 1922 Egypt 1922 Iraq 1924 Turkey Meshach and to ball if you will 1930 11 1938 Syria these these countries that we see in the news all the time have had relatively recent re-emergence in history in 1946 Jordan and course 1947 Pakistan and most important of all from God’s point of view 1948 reorders of Israel how interesting it is that the stage seems to be being set for the final act Egypt of course was the Ptolemaic thing these others were Seleucus Turkey is partly Seleucus Inachus that’s not important but Iraq and Syria are those areas that were at one time Assyria you should understand by the way that Nineveh which was the capital of Assyria was considered a myth a myth many scholars made fun of the Bible because it kept talking about Nineveh and Assyria up until 18-49 I mentioned that data’s same the same year the California Gold Rush that’s when they discovered Nineveh and it made history because there really wasn’t in of it they caused and revised their textbooks Alexander the Great walked over and didn’t even know it was there he hid it it had been gone to oblivion before then so the coming world later he’s got a lot of aspects all through the scripture he’s shooting off his mouth he’s going to be the son of Satan in many respects people say is he alive today absolutely if you’d asked me 100 years ago he’s alive today I see absolutely Satan’s had to have a man in the wings at the ready because he doesn’t know in the rapture is going to take place and he knows when that happens he has a short time to do his thing he’ll be called intellectual genius he’ll be an oratorical genius he’ll be a political genius he’ll be a commercial genius Safa let’s go he’s a peacemaker doesn’t start out militarily he starts out as a piece by piece he shall destroy many how interesting he’ll be a commercial genius a military genius a governmental genius and religious genius in fact second festive paul says an interesting thing in 2nd Lewis 2nd Thessalonians he will exalt himself above all that is called God that includes a lot of things it also includes among other things Allah he is going to be acceptable somehow to the Muslims and he’s apparently going to be received by Israel Israel’s expecting Messiah how will you recognize cuz he’ll bring his peace you have to understand how hungry they are for peace and there’s a lot of other verses that come notice so we’ve summarized two beasts the beasts out of the sea that’s the first one seven heads ten horns heads with the name of the best bus me one of the heads has a deadly wound and healed powered by the Dragon for 42 months overcomes the Saints the earth dwellers worship Him all those that are not written in the book of life the second beast is out of the earth subsequently called referred to as the false prophet in the book of Revelation he has two horns like I’m to authorities as if he’s like like as if he’s a messiah speaks as the dragons you know it was through deceit he caused the earth to worship the first guy he deceives the earth with miracles we got to be ready for that just because somebody can you imagine someone raising someone from the dead we jumped to the conclusion God did that maybe who gets the credit it’s a question you always ask see a miracle great who gets the credit and of course he forces the image of the worship of an image and we talk about that all the way through there okay okay so that’s our quick superficial summary of the person commonly called the Antichrist the duet if I may we have a two-hour briefing on this subject these are excerpts from that for those of you that really want to get into it that’s one way to start but I do encourage you to be sensitive to the fact that there is a very prominent world leader emerging scripture there is a danger I also want to underscore don’t get so wrapped up in 666 and Antichrist things that it takes your focus off the real one the guy with whom we have to do is not the Antichrist I believe for lots of reasons I did not try to take the time to burden this briefing with I believe it’s a waste of time to speculate on who he is because I believe 2nd Thessalonians 2 teaches us if you get in do it carefully that a prerequisite condition to him being revealed is for the rap to the jurist in place so for us where we are to waste time on that distracts us from the person that we should be focusing on and that’s our Messiah our Redeemer the one who’s really in charge the one who’s coming to take that which he purchased so for next session read chapters 14 15 and 16 chapter 14 is sort of like a table of contents for what’s coming chapters 15 and 16 will deal with the among other things the seven climactic bold judgments and that all leads to following that will be 17 and 18 Mystery Babylon and that holds subject and we get through that we hit the pinnacle chapter 19 where we deal with the fifth Horseman we’ve had four horsemen with the four seals the big one is the one in chapter 19 the king of King and Lord of lords that’s really what it’s all about but for next time we’ll focus on 14 but in order to do that meaningfully read the next three chapters and understand that we are still will be still just finishing that parenthesis chapter 14 is like a sort of a prelude to all that follows and we’ll have them the seven bowl judgments and ready for the big event let’s stand for closing word of Prayer I think it’s important for us to really understand that these forces that were in operative in the Old Testament and in the New Testament and are portrayed prophetically and these passages are the forces that are in control today not aldeman control God is in control in fact that’s the main emphasis all these studies is God all these things occur with their their playing out God’s will but we need to understand that as we watch the strange things going on in all the capitals of the world to realize who’s really whose world this is and we need to understand that but as we focus on that and develop that perspective I can’t emphasize enough that where we should be primarily focusing on is not the Antichrist it’s the Living Christ the one that is coming for us let’s bow our hearts Father we just thank you for your word we thank you for this these passages they are indeed their mouths sweet as honey and yet to our bellies bitter as we realize the troubled times that are on the horizon father we just thank you that you have promised that we would be removed before the time of trouble this time of trouble that will bring to trial those that dwell upon the earth father we just would pray that through your Holy Spirit you would help each of us to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ not the Antichrist that we might become more fruitful stewards of the opportunities that are emerging before us give us discernment give us resolve help his father to be equipped to be your ambassadors with faithfulness and courage as the times become troubled father we would just pray that we would be discerning that you would help us to understand what it is in these pages that you would have of each of us in the days that remain is we commit ourselves into your hands without any reservation whatsoever in the name of Yeshua our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ amen god bless you
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