Wednesday, March 29, 2017

He Has Arisen #3

Well, we made it! We are down to the last two factual statements of the seven I promised to make. I certainly hope that you are finding this as fascinating to read, as I am finding it to write.

1.     This beast in Daniel 7 that I am describing and explaining to you is the same beast in Revelation 13:1-2; this beast began as pagan Rome. However, if you will look closely at the beast in Revelation 13, it takes on elements from all of the preceding kingdoms:

a.       “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion…”
b.     Do you see it? It is part leopard (Greece), bear (Medo-Persia) and lion (Babylon). No wonder Daniel said that he was “indescribable or terrible”.
c.      This beast was assuming various philosophies and traditions from the three preceding nations.

2.     Lastly, for this post, the latter part of Revelation 13:1 said “the name of blasphemy” was upon his horns. Let us decipher this word.

a.       Blasphemy is a religious word that carries serious consequences.
b.   John 10:32-33 gives an example of what blasphemy is:  “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, for a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. (KJV)
c.      I believe that we can conclude that the word blasphemy, as defined by John, the Revelator, is when a person wishes to place him or herself in the ‘place of God.’

Keep reading, because it is about to get really serious. I will chat with you next time. Bye for now.