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Title: Revelation 13


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Revelation 13
  • The Mark of the Beast

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Cycles of Seven
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Cosmic Conflict theme (Rev. 12-14)
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Contrasts
  • Seal of God
  • Mark of the beast

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The Seal of God
  • The angel said, Do not harm the earth, the sea,
    or the trees, until we mark the servants of our
    God with a seal on their foreheads. (Revelation
    73)
  • They will see his face, and his name will be
    written on their foreheads. (Revelation 224)

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Who does the sealing?
  • And you also became God's people when you heard
    the true message, the Good News that brought you
    salvation. You believed in Christ, and God put
    his stamp of ownership on you by giving you the
    Holy Spirit he had promised. (Ephesians 113)
  • signed, sealed and delivered by the Holy
    Spirit. (The Message)
  • And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom
    you were sealed for the day of redemption.
    (Ephesians 430)

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  • And it is God who establishes us with you in
    Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put
    his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our
    hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 121-22)

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How does the Holy Spirit seal?
  • The Helper will come the Spirit, who reveals
    the truth about God. (John 1526) When the
    Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he
    will lead you into all the truth. (John 1613)
    I will ask the Father, and he will give you
    another Helper, who will stay with you forever.
    He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about
    God. The world cannot receive him, because it
    cannot see him or know him. But you know him,
    because he remains with you and is in you. (John
    1416-17) The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the
    Father will send in my name, will teach you
    everything and make you remember all that I have
    told you. (John 1426)

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  • But a time is coming, and it is already here!
    Even now the true worshipers are being led by the
    Spirit to worship the Father according to the
    truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking
    to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who
    worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship
    him according to the truth. (John 423-24)
  • I have not stopped giving thanks to God for you.
    I remember you in my prayers and ask the God of
    our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to
    give you the Spirit, who will make you wise and
    reveal God to you, so that you will know him.
    (Ephesians 116-17)

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  • A person is born physically of human parents,
    but is born spiritually of the Spirit. Do not be
    surprised because I tell you that you must all be
    born again. The wind blows wherever it wishes
    you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know
    where it comes from or where it is going. It is
    like that with everyone who is born of the
    Spirit. How can this be? asked Nicodemus.
    (John 36-9)

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Filled with the Spirit
  • The LORD says, Here is my servant, whom I
    strengthen--- the one I have chosen, with whom I
    am pleased. I have filled him with my Spirit, and
    he will bring justice to every nation.
  • He will not shout or raise his voice or make loud
    speeches in the streets. He will not break off a
    bent reed nor put out a flickering lamp. He will
    bring lasting justice to all. He will not lose
    hope or courage he will establish justice on the
    earth. (Isaiah 421-4)

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  • But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace,
    patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
    humility, and self-control. (Galatians 522)
  • For the Spirit that God has given us does not
    make us timid instead, his Spirit fills us with
    power, love, and self-control. (2 Timothy 17)

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  • it is not any seal or mark that can be seen,
    but a settling into the truth, both
    intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be
    moved (MS 173)

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Those with the Seal in Revelation
  • Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees,
    until we have sealed the servants of our God on
    their foreheads. (Revelation 73)
  • The Lamb, who is in the center of the throne,
    will be their shepherd (Revelation 717)
  • They won the victory over him by the blood of
    the Lamb and by the truth which they proclaimed
    and they were willing to give up their lives and
    die. (Revelation 1211)

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  • They follow the Lamb wherever he goesThey have
    never been known to tell lies they are
    blameless. (Revelation 144,5)
  • The time has come for the wedding of the Lamb,
    and his bride has prepared herself for it. She
    has been given clean shining linen to wear. (The
    linen is the good deeds of Gods people.)
    (Revelation 197-8)
  • The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the
    city, and his servants will worship him. They
    will see his face, and his name will be written
    on their foreheads. (Revelation 223,4)

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The Mark of the Beast
  • By beholding we become changed (2 Corinthians
    318)
  • What comes into our minds when we think about
    God is the most important thing about us. -
    Toser
  • To be so settled into the lies about God that we
    cannot be moved
  • The sin of the Holy Spirit

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  • Then some people brought to Jesus a man who was
    blind and could not talk because he had a demon.
    Jesus healed the man, so that he was able to talk
    and see. The crowds were all amazed at what Jesus
    had done. Could he be the Son of David? they
    asked. When the Pharisees heard this, they
    replied, He drives out demons only because their
    ruler Beelzebul gives him power to do so. Jesus
    knew what they were thinking, and so he said to
    them, Any country that divides itself into
    groups which fight each other will not last very
    long. And any town or family that divides itself
    into groups which fight each other will fall
    apart. So if one group is fighting another in
    Satan's kingdom, this means that it is already
    divided into groups and will soon fall apart! You
    say that I drive out demons because Beelzebul
    gives me the power to do so. Well, then, who
    gives your followers the power to drive them out?

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  • What your own followers do proves that you are
    wrong! No, it is not Beelzebul, but God's Spirit,
    who gives me the power to drive out demons, which
    proves that the Kingdom of God has already come
    upon you. No one can break into a strong man's
    house and take away his belongings unless he
    first ties up the strong man then he can plunder
    his house. Anyone who is not for me is really
    against me anyone who does not help me gather is
    really scattering. For this reason I tell you
    people can be forgiven any sin and any evil thing
    they say but whoever says evil things against
    the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who
    says something against the Son of Man can be
    forgiven but whoever says something against the
    Holy Spirit will not be forgiven---now or ever.
    (Matthew 1217-35)

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Those who receive the mark of the beast
  • The dragon gave the beast his own power, his
    throne, and his vast authority. One of the heads
    of the beast seemed to have been fatally wounded,
    but the wound had healed. The whole earth was
    amazed and followed the beast. Everyone worshiped
    the dragon because he had given his authority to
    the beast. They worshiped the beast also, saying,
    "Who is like the beast? Who can fight against
    it?" The beast was allowed to make proud claims
    which were insulting to God...It began to curse
    God, his name, the place where he lives, and all
    those who live in heaven. (Revelation 132-6)

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  • Then I saw another beast, which came up out of
    the earth. It had two horns like a lamb's horns,
    and it spoke like a dragon. It used the vast
    authority of the first beast in its presence. It
    forced the earth and all who live on it to
    worship the first beast, whose wound had healed.
    This second beast performed great miracles it
    made fire come down out of heaven to earth in the
    sight of everyone. And it deceived all the people
    living on earth by means of the miracles which it
    was allowed to perform in the presence of the
    first beast. The beast told them to build an
    image in honor of the beast that had been wounded
    by the sword and yet lived. (Revelation
    1311-14)

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It forced the earth and all who live on it to
worship
  • I stand at the door and knock if any hear my
    voice and open the door, I will come into their
    house and eat with them, and they will eat with
    me. (Revelation 320)

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it deceived all the people living on earth by
means of the miracles
God
Non-Humans
Humans
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  • For false messiahs and false prophets will
    appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead
    astray, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew
    2424)
  • Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of
    light (2 Corinthians 1114)

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  • Suppose there are prophets among you or those
    who dream dreams about the future, and they
    promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted
    signs or miracles occur. If they then say, 'Come,
    let us worship other gods'gods you have not
    known beforedo not listen to them. (Deuteronomy
    131-3)

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  • if ever a real, thundering miracle was
    performed on earth, it was on that day, the day
    of those three temptationsYou did not come down
    from the cross when they shouted to you, mocking
    and reviling you Come down from the cross and
    we will believe that it is you. You did not come
    down because, again, you did not want to enslave
    man by a miracle and thirsted for faith that is
    free, not miraculous. You thirsted for the love
    that is free, and not for the servile raptures of
    a slave before a power that has left him
    permanently terrified.
  • Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, pg. 252,256

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  • There are three powers, only three powers on
    earth, capable of conquering and holding forever
    the conscience of these feeble rebels, for their
    own happiness these powers are miracle,
    mystery, and authority. You rejected the first,
    the second, and the third, and gave yourself as
    an example of that. pg. 255

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Contrast
  • Miracle/Coercion
  • Freely respond to the truth spoken in love
  • Mystery/secrets/lies/deception
  • Transparency and openness
  • Authority based on power and fear
  • Authority that springs from loving admiration

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  • Omnipotence is not to be understood as the power
    of unlimited coercion, but as the power of
    infinite persuasion, the invincible power of
    self-negating, self-sacrificial love.- G.B.
    Caird

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  • The way in which Christ worked was to preach the
    Word, and to relieve suffering by miraculous
    works of healing. But I am instructed that we
    cannot now work in this way for Satan will
    exercise his power by working miracles. Gods
    servants today could not work by means of
    miracles because spurious works of healing,
    claiming to be divine, will be wrought. For this
    reason the Lord has marked out a way in which His
    people are to carry forward a work of physical
    healing, combined with the teaching of the
    WordThe truth must be proclaimed in the highways
    and the byways, and thus work is to be done by
    sensible, rational methodsWe are to keep as far
    from the theatrical and the extraordinary as
    Christ kept in His work. (LT 53, 1904)
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