Living in the Two Hearts

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Coming Soon Chapter 10…The Creation of Beasts, Part I

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 8, 2015

Rev 6:2; Rev 13

Rev 6:2; Rev 13

And Now it begins… A MUST READ before delving into this read as Mark and I, once again, almost parallel in our writings.

A profound thought…

Gen 1:24 says, “And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds; cattle and creeping things & beasts of the earth according to their kinds,’ and it was so… And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them [plural – male and female] have dominion over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’… And it was so… And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and morning, a sixth day.”

Mankind was made a little less than God…

What is man that Thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet Thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor.” ~Ps 8:4-5

That means what it says, God gave sovereignty to mankind over His creation allowing mankind to essentially “rule” creation. To aid him in this duty and responsibility, God gives mankind the Angels of heaven to serve and help man in this endeavor.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your habitation, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For He will give you His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone.” ~Ps 91: 9-12

"How you have fallen from heaven..."

“How you have fallen from heaven…”

Now, who was Satan? Was he not an angel? Did he not have the privilege of being in the presence of God? Of course he was and did! So, that would mean that Lucifer – when he was an angel of light – would have to do as the other angels of light did… Serve mankind! …Keep man’s feet from stumbling… Do what he can to keep mankind safe…

Not only that, he would have eventually had to WORSHIP the God-Man, Jesus. I think this may have been the “straw that broke the camel’s back”. For Satan would have none of it. No service to mankind, and definitely NO WORSHIPING the God-man. So his war against mankind began in earnest with his determination to NEVER serve or worship any man, God-man or man, ever!

Now war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.” ~Rev 12:7-8

And [Jesus] said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven… ~Luke 10:18

Conversely…

The ‘beast’ is a symbol of sinful humanity. Adam [and Eve] were created on the sixth day with the ‘beasts’(Gen 1:24-31). God set up the seventh day as the goal towards which Adam was to strive… to enter into God’s rest. [But] by failing to choose God’s ways, Adam remained in the ‘sixth day’ … the day of the beast, and… the number of the beast … At the most basic level, “beast” symbolizes man’s falleness. (Barber, 169)

Which is why Sacred Scripture is applicable to all times and eras. But we do need to REMEMBER, that John wrote his apocalypse for the readers of his day, so now we must also look at the historical application.

Two Prophets of God - One Message...

Two Prophets of God – One Message…

Revelation 13: 1-3,And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads. And the beast that I saw [singular] was like a leopard, its feet were like a bears, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder. (emphasis added)

INJD: First thing to note is John’s use of the Prophet Daniel’s passages that will concern the four beasts that will over-take Israel in the days preceding the Messiah. Thus,the Beast seen here is a combination of all the Beasts seen by Daniel.”(Barber, 170, cf. Dan 7:4-7)

We also know that it is not yet Satan himself, but a mere representation of, in that he rises out of the sea…Remember the biblical term of “sea” represents the Gentile nations; and receives his power and authority from the great dragon, who is Satan.

This [also] shows the beast as an instrument of the devil – a kind of demonic agent.” (Ibid.)

Further, the four beasts were a sign to Daniel of the four nations who would come to oppose Israel: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and [Ancient] Rome. This beast in Revelation signifies [Ancient] Rome.” (Barber, 171)

**For a full description see: Dan 7:4/ Rev 13:2; Dan 7:5/ Rev 13:2; Dan 7:6/ Rev 13:2; Dan 7:7/ Rev 13:1** (See Chart in book)

Continuing INJD: This particular passage had a great significance for the Jews and Christians at this time. There was a great persecution of both, though the Christians more widely so throughout the Roman Empire, under the Emperor Nero – who was known to be ‘not all there’. Remember the history, he set fire to the city of Rome and then blamed it on the Christians in 68 AD, and there are far more documented behaviors of him that would make Hitler blush (see Barber, pp 5-6).

Further, Nero was the 6th king in the line of Caesars, and his name in Hebrew was 666. But if that’s not enough to make a person shake, the final connection regards a part in the passage that states:

Rev 13: 3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder.”

One of the heads seemed to have a mortal wound...

One of the heads seemed to have a mortal wound…

Nero killed himself in 68AD by running a sword through himself (yuck!) thus:

the Julian line ended when Nero killed himself… this threw the Empire into chaos and a state of civil wars.” (Barber, 172)

Even though the “head ” of the Julius Caesar had received “a mortal wound ”:

the Empire recovered with the rise of Vespasian, regained its stability, and continued its dominance of the ancient world.” (Ibid)

Which confirms the second part of that verse:

“…but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder.

So picture it. The leader, the most gruesome of the Caesars kills himself sending the Roman Empire into chaos and what one would logically conclude to be the end of the empire. Yet the empire revives itself and becomes even stronger than before. An exaggeration? Not even close! In fact, for the ancient world it was an odd miracle that the Empire did not die but strengthened, including in its persecution of the Church. Which is why we read next…

Rev 13:4 “Men worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’”

This further aligns with the pagan world-view that the Roman Empire could be considered something of a ‘god’ since it seemed to be undefeatable. Thus any good pagan would want to stay on the “good-side” of such a beast, and state worship was the result. As Barber points out:

…the worship of the beast describes the widespread custom whereby Roman emperors were worshiped as gods. As we saw in Revelation 2-3, many temples were erected throughout Asia Minor for this express purpose.” (Barber, 173)

For the pagan world, this is nothing new – for Satan cannon create, all he can do is borrow what exists and twist the truth.

On the one hand, we have the TRUTH of the Word made flesh (Jn 1:14), who dwelt among us and would rule the kingdom of His father, David (Lk 1:32)…

Then on the other hand the great destroyer who was a liar and a murder from the beginning (Jn 8:44), whose own destructive path got him kicked out of heaven forever (Lk 10:18; Rev 12:9); giving Satan a definite desire for revenge which could explain his choice of influencing the ancient Roman Empire and its emperors.

“And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child… [he] was angry with woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus .” ~Rev 12:13, 17

Barber makes a really good comparison here between this “wanna be-ast” and the Lamb of God demonstrating very clearly how:

[Ancient] Rome, therefore, embodies a world power, which sets itself up as an evil substitute for Christ. Its close association with the dragon… shows that [its] dominion comes from Satan.” (Barber, 173)

It worked great signs... and by the signs which it was allowed to work...it deceives those who dwell on earth...

It worked great signs… and by the signs which it was allowed to work…it deceives those who dwell on earth…

Will the REAL Christ Please Stand Up?

The key to the “Anti-Christ” is exactly that, he will be anti – Cristo, he will “appear” Christ-like, but his “fruit” will always be rotten (Mt 7: 17-18), so his efforts will always bring death and destruction. Thus we see the following comparison:

  • Lambs authority (Rev 5:7, 12); Beast’s authority (13:2)
  • Lamb rules over all people (Rev 5:9); so too does the Beast in his time (13:7)
  • The cherubim and twenty-four elders worship the Lamb (Rev 5:14); while men worship the Beast (13:4)
  • Lamb appears as “one who has been slain” (Rev 5:6); the Beast has a mortal wound but still lives (13:3, 12, 14)

Both followers receive a mark on the forehead – Christians (Rev 7:2 – our Baptism); the Beast’s followers (Rev 13:16the mark of the beast forehead or hand – can buy and sell… money is the root of all evil???)

Which leads into the most interesting aspect of all of this, the question of who has the authority? Ancient Rome was quite powerful, and its influence was felt throughout the entire ancient world. Yet its power was superficial when compared with that of the Son of God.

Only Jesus has the authority to forgive the sins of men on earth (see Mt 9:2-8), to make disciples into Apostles (see Mt 10:1-5), to heal the sick, cure the blind, cast out demons and raise the dead (Mt 10:8; 9:20-22, 27-30, 32-33, 35; 12:22), and to establish His Church among men (Mt 16:17-19).

Yet Satan works diligently to convince mankind that he has a kingdom, and it’s all the kingdoms of the earth combined with authority (Lk 4:5-7), which he will give to whomever bows down to him in worship. And in doing so, he contradicts the true King of Heaven and Earth putting himself in the category of “a self-appointed god” – Oh hey! Isn’t that the New Age deception as well?

Jesus’ response needs to be ours:

“Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall love the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” ~Mt 4:10

Up Next!

Chapter 10: Part II – Time to Get With It!

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