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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Revelation Chapter 13

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (95 AD)
Overview: God Reveals the Future to John (c 1-22)
Theme: Messages for the Church (c 4-22)
Message: Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet (v 1-18)

Revelation 13 Commentary

(13:1-10) The Beast Out of the Sea - Chapter 13 introduces Satan’s (the dragon’s) two evil accomplices: (1) the beast out of the sea (the Antichrist, 13:1-10) and (2) the beast out of the earth (the false prophet, 13:11-18). Together, the three evil beings form an unholy trinity in direct opposition to the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

(13:11-18) The first beast had come out of the sea (13:1), but this second beast came out of the earth. Later identified as the false prophet (16:13; 19:20; 20:10), he was a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. This beast completed the unholy trinity with the dragon (Satan) and the beast from the sea (the Antichrist). The false prophet would be in charge of the worldwide worship of the first beast.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Spotting the Counterfeit

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 13 and in today's text we see John continues to see the conflict between God and Satan. He continues to record the great battle between the forces of God and Satan that are taking place before the vial judgments are unveiled. The enemy is described in 3 forms, a un-holy trinity making a last ditch effort to unsuccessfully rise up against God with those who remain needing the mark of the beast "666" to buy or sale anything. In making application we can see the Enemy is real and has many forms who will try to deceive with all deception. These events are post rapture so there is no reason to fear this time frame but the same enemy that tempted Jesus, and is in our text today, is the same enemy that tries to deceive us today. In making application we need to better understand when the enemy tries to deceive us? It reminds me of how the F.B.I. searches for counterfeit bills by  spending time studying the real money so when a counterfeit comes across their desk they can easily identify the fake money. When it come to the Enemy we need to be like the F.B.I. and diligently study the scriptures to know truth so we can recognize the deception of the enemy when he comes to deceive us into making wrong decisions. How about you? Can you recognize when the enemy tempts or misleads you? Do you know the truth of the Bible? Let me challenge you to study your Bible daily so you will spot the counterfeit.     


Revelation 13

Revelation 13

 1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

 2And 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: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

 3And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

 4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

 5And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

 7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

 8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 9If any man have an ear, let him hear.

 10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

 11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

 15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

 16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

 18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.