Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Continued Rise #2

Whew! Revelation 12 was a very tumultuous chapter, wasn’t it? It is actually describing the true beginning of sin, with the devil as the chief advocate. This happened before Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve fell. But that is a whole other series. All I really wanted to do was to help ease you into Revelation 13, so that you could better understand its context, which is important. I needed you to understand who the real dragon is.

“So the dragon was furious with the woman, and he went off to make war on the rest of her children, on those who keep God’s commandments and hold firmly to the witness of Jesus; and I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads. Each of its horns was decorated with a royal crown, and on its heads were blasphemous names. The beast I saw was like a leopard. Its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave it his power, throne, and great authority.”  Revelation 12:17- 13:2.

Now, let’s connect some dots: beasts represent kingdoms - the dragon is the devil; the devil gives up its seat to the beast that has the ten horns described in Daniel 7: the one who bragged and spoke blasphemy against God; now in Revelation 13:1, we see the names of blasphemy upon his heads, which identifies him as the same beast power.

This beast power began as “pagan” Rome that worshiped the Caesars, but now that Christianity has come upon the scene and the pagan civil leader, Constantine joins the Christian church, now he commands the pagans to become Christians. It is no longer “pagan”; now it is a “Christian” government in name at least.

“The dragon gave it his power, throne, and great authority.”   Again, if you’ll remember, I told you that Constantine gave the bishop of Rome his seat and power and great authority, when he moved to and built up Constantinople. So now this power is no longer “pagan Rome”, it now becomes “papal Rome”, endowed with both civil and religious authority and can easily fulfill the blasphemies spoken of in both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13.

Also, we described bible blasphemy in John 10:33 – “for a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” (KJV)

We shall expound on this point quite a bit more, in the next post. Keep reading and please keep praying for me as I seek to unfold this great mystery; until next time…