Continuing our study of Revelation 13.
Revelation 13:2 ‘The beast I saw resembled a leopard but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like a lion.’
We have discussed how this composite image of a beast with the features of a leopard, bear and lion describes an end-time antichrist empire with the godless and evil aspects of previous historical empires.
These previous empires are described in Daniel 7:2-4.
Daniel 7:2 ‘Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.’
Some teach, with good reason, that this verse in Daniel is also referring to four empires that will emerge in the end-times. Consider the following:
Daniel 7:11a ‘I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority but were allowed to live for a period of time.’)
This would suggest that the ‘beasts’ will be separate but contemporary empires in the end-times.
Therefore, it is suggested the world will separate itself out into four separate empires, with the empire of the ‘beast antichrist’ emerging from one of them.
This is an intriguing line of thought, and gives a certain insight into modern geo-political developments. Some suggest that we are witnessing a distinct ‘mystery babylon’ empire emerging in our time. I am sure we will be considering this further in days to come.
Tomorrow, we explore how the beast astounds the world…
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- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
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