The Real Reason the Book of Revelation was Written – Revelation 13, by Ty Tamasaka

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“13 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its 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. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People 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 wage war against it?”

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.[ad]

Whoever has ears, let them hear.

10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.”

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”  Revelation 13:1-10 NIV

Before Jesus Christ came as a baby to Bethlehem, Caesar worship was instituted throughout the Roman Empire.  It began with the Caesars viewing this as a way to stir up the patriotism of people in the empire.  At the ending of the first century, Caesar Nero started to believe the hype.  He thought he was god in the flesh.  Starting with his reign, every subject in the Roman Empire was required to go to a pagan temple, stand before a priest and confess… Caesar is Lord.

Most people thought if it as an irritating law and complied.  Followers of Jesus Christ did not. Because they refused to play the game, most historians believe the number of Christians killed in the persecution may have exceeded six million!

When John writes Revelation, he wrote not only as a prophet foreseeing future events.  He also wrote as a pastor offering encouragement to believers who faced persecution and hard times

In Revelation 12, John’s vision was mainly in Heaven.  In Revelation 13 his vision returns to earth.  It continues in dark days of the Great Tribulation.  In this chapter, John goes into some rich imagery.  He sees a dragon standing on the shore of the sea and a beast coming out of the sea.  The dragon he sees is Satan and the beast rising from the sea is the anti-Christ.  Up unto this point, anti-Christ has been leading a European Union/league, but here we see he takes on a new career as Satan’s world dictator.

Ten horns – This expresses his rule over ten nations.

Seven heads – I believe this represents rule over the Roman Empire.

We learn from the term “beast” that God does not see that anti-Christ as a man created in His divine image, but rather a wild animal under the control of Satan.  The ten horns refers to ten kingdoms (Daniel 7:24).  The world will be grateful for the peace anti-Christ brings.

The three animals John sees in Revelation 13:2 – leopard (Greece), bear (Media-Persia), and lion (Babylon) remind us of Daniel’s dream.  Daniel saw the animals in the reverse order.  John saw the animals as he was looking back.  Daniel saw the animals as he was looking forward.

In verse 3, we find the anti-Christ has been wounded… perhaps even killed in an assassination attempt.  He is then resurrected and the people of the world worship him. The beast takes world power and this begins the Great Tribulation.

In verses 7-10, we find that God permits anti-Christ to war against His people – and overcomes them.  He doesn’t overcome the faith of the saints, but he can destroy their physical lives.

The “beast” is a counterfeit Christ – an anti-Christ.  The world would not receive the truth of Jesus Christ, but it will receive the deception and lies of anti-Christ.  Jesus spoke of salvation and the world turned a deaf ear.  The anti-Christ speaks blasphemy and slanders the name of God, and the world will listen.

Verses 9-10 reveal the real reason for the Book of Revelation – Encourage the saints to endure!   

The scripture shifts in verses 9-10. John says:

Whoever has ears, let them hear.

10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.”
Revelation 13:10 NIV

In other words, he is offering encouragement to those who struggle to remain faithful to Christ.  The one putting you and me in prison, will be judged.

Pastor John goes onto say:

“This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”  Revelation 13:10 NIV

He is offering encouragement to the persecuted.  You may be persecuted now, you may face persecution at your job, you might be undergoing severe pressures financially, or you might be fighting illness.  You might grow weary in following Jesus, but you are called to patient endurance and faithfulness as God’s people.  You know how the story will end.  One day it will all be solved.  The beast, persecution, and the problems will be defeated!  When you endure tribulation in your life, hold on to the hope that life is short and Heaven is coming soon.

Revelation is not about the mark of the Beast.  It is not about the anti-Christ and the plagues.  It is about living in a state of anticipation of God’s coming – no matter the tribulation we face today. It is about a challenge to live with patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

Forgive me for the many times I have grown weary in following You Lord Jesus.  I take hope in today’s passage and I press on with patient endurance to live faithful with Your people.  In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry  He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.    

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