Revelation 13:6 – Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
As discussed in the last section, the dragon gives the beast a mouth to speak great things and blasphemies, which are boastful words that serve to exalt himself above God and to scorn God. In this section, we see that the beast also blasphemes the name of God, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in Heaven.
As discussed in Revelation 11:18, the Lord’s name describes His character and who He is. Blaspheming God’s name is to reproach or discredit God:
Psalms 74:10, 18 – O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever…? Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.
The king of Assyria blasphemed the name of God through his servant Rabshakeh by trying to descredit God and by taunting the people of Jerusalem:
2 Kings 18:28-30 – Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and spoke, saying, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you from his hand; nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, “The LORD will surely deliver us; this city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”‘
2 Kings 18:33-35 – Has any of the gods of the nations at all delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim and Hena and Ivah? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand? Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?'”
2 Kings 19:3-6 – And they said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah: ‘This day is a day of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth. It may be that the LORD your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.’ ” So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
The beast will also blaspheme the Lord’s tabernacle. In the Old Testament, the tabernacle was where God met with men:
Exodus 33:7-9 – Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.
This earthly tabernacle looks forward to eternity when God will dwell with men:
Revelation 21:3 – And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Until then, God dwells in a heavenly tabernacle. The beast will defile the earthly sanctuary that the Jews will rebuild before the middle of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14), but since he can’t touch the heavenly sanctuary he will speak blasphemies against it. The beast will also speak blasphemies against those who dwell with God in His heavenly tabernacle where His throne is. Those who dwell in Heaven with God include angels, the living creatures, and the elders:
Revelation 5:11 – Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands….
As discussed in Revelation 4:4-6, the living creatures and the elders represent the Old Testament saints and the Church saints, therefore, angels and saints are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). So when the beast blasphemes the saints, he is really blaspheming against the name of Christ because the saints belong to Him:
1 Peter 4:14 – If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
In short, the beast will blaspheme God by exalting himself above God, but he will also blaspheme God’s name by trying to discredit Him. The beast will also blaspheme the tabernacle in Heaven after he defiles the earthly temple and blasphemes the citizens in Heaven, which might be a reprisal for the celebration by the inhabitants of Heaven after the dragon is cast to Earth:
Revelation 12:12 – Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
“His name”: This identifies God and summarizes all His attributes (compare Exodus 3:13-14).
“His tabernacle”: This is symbolic of heaven (compare Heb. 9:23-24).
“Them that dwell in heaven”: The angels and glorified saints who are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night.
“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty two months. It is Satan’s secret desire to have others worship him. The Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy because He said He was God, and He was crucified for blasphemy. But declaring that one is God is blasphemous only when untrue.
In the case of Antichrist during the Tribulation period, it will be untrue, but such supernatural powers will be given him by the devil himself that he will appear to have Godlike characteristics and thus deceive many human beings.
Thus, during the first 3-1/2 years of the Tribulation the Antichrist will be merely a man endowed with demonic power. But during the last 3-1/2 years, he will actually be Satan himself, clothed with the Antichrist’s body as the antichrist is the second person to be indwelled by Satan. Judas was the first. Remember Satan is not divine. He does not have the power to create, that is, to make something out of nothing.
He can only take what God creates and manipulate it or manufacture it into something else. He can, however, indwell individuals. Even his demonic demons have that power.
Revelation 13:7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
“Make war with the saints”: The Antichrist will be allowed to massacre those who are God’s children (compare 6:9-11; 11:7; 12:17; 17:6; Dan. 7:23-25; 8:25; 9:27; 11:38; 12:10; Matt. 24:16-22; see note on Rev. 17:6).
The Power of the Beast: “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.” Today the world is prepared for a one world governmental philosophy. That philosophy, propagated by Satan and advocated by the intellectual, godless, atheistic leaders of world governments today, is rapidly spreading across the earth.
The wrath begins immediately after the rapture of the church. I have mentioned before and will state again, here, that the word “rapture” is not found in the Bible. It is just a short way of saying the catching away, or snatching away, of the believers into heaven.
But ultimately, the dragon knows that his time is short, and with great wrath he is going to unleash, through the beast, in a rage against those who dwell on the earth and those who are going to take away his dominion – God and the saints, both in the heavenly court and those on the earth. In other words, the beast will blaspheme the citizens of Heaven that he cannot touch and persecute and kill God’s people on Earth:
Daniel 7:23-27 – “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. ‘But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’
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