Summary: Week 31 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation
“The Beast from the Sea”
Date: March 5, 2003
Place: Allendale Baptist Church
Text: Revelation 13:1-10
Seven people or characters are introduced to us by the 7th trumpet; 5 whom we have met in chapter 12: the woman- the nation of Israel; the red dragon-Satan; the child of the woman- Christ; Michael the archangel; and the remnant of Israel-the 144,000.
It is interesting the way the books of the Bible are divided. In the original manuscripts we do not see lines verses and chapters.
They are not divinely divided.
But it is interesting that the number 12 refers to the nation of Israel.
13 refers to rebellion
We noticed in chapter 12 after Satan was thrown from heaven, the attack on the nation of Israel.
Tonight we will see and discuss the very embodiment of the devil himself. We will look at the revealing of the true identity of the Anti-Christ.
Some say that this Anti-Christ is only a symbol of a rebellious world system. Some say he is not an actual person.
I find it hard to believe as we will see in Revelation 19, to cast something that is not an actual person into an actual hell.
The Anti-Christ will be Satan’s ultimate weapon.
Some ask will this be an actual man. Yes it will be.
Then some will ask why will Satan embody a man? Because the devil is a Spirit.
This Anti-Christ we will look at according to Daniel 8:23 will be an intellectual genius. In Daniel 11:36 he is described as an Oratorical genius. We will see later as we study in Revelation 17 he will be a political and commercial genius.
Turn and read 1 John 2:18.
Some say there have been many Antichrists, which is true but this is spoken of all throughout the OT & NT.
This is not some new idea John is speaking about.
So let’s begin
“Then I stood”
Most manuscripts read “He stood” referring again to the dragon, or Satan.
He takes a position in the midst of the nations of his worlds, represented by the sand of the sea.
This literally means a monster, which describes a vicious, killing animal. In the context, the term represents both a person, the Antichrist, and his system, the world.
Many say this is referring to the abyss or the pit.
I believe throughout scripture the sea represents the humanity or the nations.
Again, some think this will be another demon that will be used as and serve as the antichrist.
But as I said earlier this will be an actual person that Satan will indwell and empower.
“Seven heads and tem horns”
This description is like that in chapter 12:3.
The heads represent successive world powers and empires that have ruled over the nation of Israel. 1. Egypt; 2. Assyria; 3. Babylon; 4. Medo-Persia; 5. Greece; 6. Rome and last the renewed, revived Roman empire. The one dominate empire that the antichrist will rule.
Ten is a number that symbolizes the totality of human military and political power assisting the beast as he controls the world.