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The Unholy Trinity - The Beast from the Sea - Revelation 13:1-18

I.      The Beast from the Sea

In this passage, John gives us seven characteristics of the coming Antichrist.

Revelation 13:1b   “Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were lasphemous names.

2          And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.



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The Unholy Trinity - Introduction - Revelation 13:1-18

INTRODUCTION:

Many people still remember Jim Jones, the
religious leader from California that took his "People’s Temple" to South America in a country called Guyana.  After an investigation was going to find him guilty of murder, among other things, he convinced his 900 plus followers, including 150 children, to drink some cyanide-laced kool-aid in a mass suicide.

Marshall Applewhite, the cult leader of a group called
Heaven’s Gate, convinced 38 people to commit suicide by eating poisoned pudding.  His group felt that they had to commit suicide in order to evacuate from earth to transform their bodies; it was the only way to jump on Haley’s Comet and end up in outer space.  Applewhite told followers he was Jesus.

David Koresh was another person claiming to be Jesus. Koresh’s cult, The Branch Davidians, moved into a military compound in Waco, Texas.  Prior to the government’s attack and their eventual destruction, he became the polygamous husband to all the females.  He told people that he was Christ, the pale rider of the 4th seal found in the book of Revelation.

There have always been those who claimed to be the Messiah, the Christ of God, but Jesus was the only true Son of God.  As the last days continue, we will continue to see more and more signs of this one who will set himself up as Christ.  This antichrist will deceive and lead many into eternal damnation, even as he is doing at this very moment.  In the near future, his attempts will escalate and he will establish himself as God and demand worship from all mankind.  To refuse will mean death.

Look at the contrast of the true Christ and this soon coming antichrist:



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War in Heaven and on Earth - Part III - Rev. 12:13-17 - The Jewish Evangelist (Part 4 of 4)

C.     The Jewish Evangelist

Revelation 12:17      “So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”

Notice that word “enraged,” in verse 17.  The Greek word is orgizo (or-gid’-zo) and it is translated “to provoke,” to enrage,” “to become exasperated,” or “to be angry.”  Satan now is at the point of being “exasperated,” because he has been unsuccessful in destroying Israel.  The focus of this third attack is on the 144,000 Jewish evangelists that will spread the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you look at the verse one more time, you will see that John identifies this particular group as those “who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”  The word “commandments” is the word that John uses in Revelation to refer to the New Testament.  The testimony of Jesus is truth—the truth of Scripture.  These believing Jews will give testimony about their salvation based on the truth of God’s Word.



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War in Heaven and on Earth - Part III - Rev. 12:13-17 - The Jews in Hiding (Part 3 of 4)

B.     The Jews in hiding

Revelation 12:15    “And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood.

16        But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth.”

I would remind you that John uses the words “dragon” and “serpent” interchangeably in this chapter.  Lest there be any confusion please understand that both refer to Satan.  John reveals to us that a “river” flows out of the mouth of this serpent in his second attempt to destroy Israel.  The flood of water is not actually water, but a picture of the massive effort on the part of Satan and his demon forces to overtake and destroy Israel.



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War in Heaven and on Earth - Part III - Rev. 12:13-17 - The Jews on the Run (Part 2 of 4)

I.       Indescribable Salvation

         A.     The Jews on the run

Revelation 12:13   “And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.

14But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.”



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War in Heaven and on Earth - Part III - Rev. 12:13-17 - Introduction (Part 1 of 4)

In the twelfth chapter of Revelation, John has identified the “woman,” which is the nation of Israel; the “red dragon,” who is Satan; and finally the “child,” who is the Lord Jesus Christ. 

John then went on to write about the intense battle that took place in heaven as Satan and all his demons were expelled by Michael, the Archangel.  Satan was expelled and forbidden ever to enter God’s presence again.  Realizing that his time is short, Satan increases his evil destructive plans on the earth and on those who are still alive during this Tribulation Period.

As we look at this third section of Revelation 12, we are once again reminded of the terrible death and destruction that has followed the history of the Jewish people.  Understandably, much of their suffering has come from God through chastisement because of their disobedience and His attempts to bring them back to Himself.  Sadly, though, the vast majority of their persecution and destruction has come from Satan and his desire to destroy God’s plans and purposes which have always included the people of Israel.

If you look back through the history of Israel, you will realize that there has not been a time in the history of the Jews that they have not been the object of anti-Semitism.   From Abraham to the twentieth century Holocaust of Hitler, the Jews have been displaced, persecuted and killed.  But despite their history of suffering, Satan and man have been unable to wipe them out—they remain resilient, only because God has a plan for them.



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War in Heaven and on Earth - Part II - Rev. 12:7-12 - Intense Battle - The Salvation (Part 3 of 3)

II.     Intense Battle

     C.     The Salvation

Revelation 12:10     “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.  11And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

In these verses, John tells us that as a result of Michael’s victory over Satan, in heaven there is a great celebration.  All heaven breaks forth in praise and worship with the news of Satan’s expulsion from heaven along with his demons.  Those engaged in this celebration of worship no doubt are the redeemed saints in heaven.



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War in Heaven and on Earth - Part II - Rev. 12:7-12 - Intense Battle - The Serpent (Part 2 of 3)

II.     Intense Battle

     B.     The Serpent

Revelation 12:9     “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”

In this verse, John gives us a five-fold description of the ultimate wicked one.



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War in Heaven and on Earth - Part II - Rev. 12:7-12 - Intense Battle - The Struggle (Part 1 of 3)

As we continue our study of Revelation 12, we get a little closer look at Satan and his evil plans.  The spiritual battle between good and evil has existed since Satan’s attempt to dethrone God.  With his first expulsion from heaven, Satan has tried in every way to destroy God’s plan and purposes for man.  Satan has had many victories as the Prince of the power of the air.  But as you read with me, please remember Satan has no power apart from what God allows.  “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in this world.”

Revelation 12:7      “And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

II.     Intense Battle

        A.     The Struggle



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War in Heaven And On Earth Rev. 12 - The Identity of the Characters - The Child (Part 4 of 4)

C.        The Child

The third character in this passage apart from the woman and the dragon is the child that is about to be born.

Revelation 12:5   “And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.

6          Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.”



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