Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Future Human Government (2) - The Beast of Revelation

The apostle John saw a beast similar to the fourth beast of Daniel’s vision.

And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion (Rev 13:1,2).
The resemblance to the leopard, the bear and the lion provides the link with Daniel’s vision. John is indicating that this Beast is not something new. It is just one more human government in a long line that extended from Babylon to Rome. The may arise in different places, but they all the same in their essence. They are human attempts to establish government without God.

This human government grew very strong.
The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?" (Rev 13:2,4).

This beast has enormous power because the devil gave it all his power an authority. Everyone is amazed at what this political empire achieves. They have enormous faith in this human government.

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