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The Dragon and the Beast

Revelation 13:1-4

John's vision continues. The scene is the earth: the characters are the dragon and the beast, and the people who worshipped them. We have already discovered that the dragon is Satan (Adversary or Enemy) otherwise known as the devil (slanderer or accuser), who has been thrown out of heaven and now operates on earth (

Blasphemy and False Worship

Revelation 13:5-8

The beast in this vision is a global ruler or coalition of rulers who will be inspired by Satan and his hatred of Jesus and His people. The Lord will allow the beast to express its deepest motivation (Matthew 12:34).

Danger and Faithful Endurance

Revelation 13:9-10

The opening words remind us that these visions were first recorded for the benefit of the seven churches in what is now Western Turkey (Revelation 2:1-3:22). Each of those letters concluded with similar words, "He who has an ear let him hear …" In other words, although Jesus is speaking and the divine vision has been faithfully written down, the message will do no good unless people want to receive what God has to say.

Convincing Deception

Revelation 13:11-14

The first beast, in John's vision, came out of the sea (Revelation 13:1-4); a multi-headed horned creature arising out of the sea (the picture of chaos, disorder and confusion), to establish a new world order.

The Mark of the Beast

Revelation 13:15-18

It seems strange that God should allow Satan authority to give power to the second beast. Satan can do nothing unless God gives permission, and He will only do so for His own ultimate glory.

The Song of Heaven

Revelation 14:1-5

This is a new vision which powerfully affected John. The scene has changed from the dreadful oppression by the beast (Revelation 13:1-18) to the glorious company of heaven before the Second Coming of Christ. John saw the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is now standing on Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the place where God lives with His people.

The Good News Proclaimed From Heaven

Revelation 14:6-7

How much the suffering church needed, and still needs, this encouragement.

The Fall of 'Babylon'

Revelation 14:8

This scene is the third in Revelation chapter 14, encouraging the church when it seems most despised.

The Encouragement of God's Justice

Revelation 14:9-12

Satan's wicked influence over the earth in Revelation 13 culminated in the graphic imagery of the mark of the beast, without which nobody will be able to trade (

Dying 'In The Lord'

Revelation 14:13

This is the fourth proclamation in heaven which John heard in his vision. The third called for God's people to patiently endure the backlash of God's judgement on those who reject Him (Revelation 14:9-12).