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Pastors Jim and Marie Watt

Two Are Better Than One

(From: REVELATION #15 - 13:1b-18)


B. 13:1b-18 THE TRINITY OF EVIL

1. 13:1b-10 THE BEAST AND HIS POWER OVER THE SAINTS

a. 13:1b THE BEAST OUT OF THE SEA

Kai EIdon ek tes thaLASses [2281]theRIon [2342]a-naBAInon [305],

And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea,

Echon KEra-ta [2768] DEka kai ke-phaLAS hepTA, kai ePI ton keRAton [2768]auTOU DEka di-aDEma-ta,

having ten horns and seven heads, and on his :horns ten diadems,

kai ePI tas ke-phaLAS [2776] auTOU oNOma-ta [3686] blas-pheMIas [988].

and upon his :heads names of blasphemy.


b. 13:2 THE ANIMAL NATURE AND POWER OF THE BEAST

kai to theRIon ho EIdon en HOmoi-on parDAlei [3917],

And the beast which I saw was like a leopard,

kai hoi POdes [4228 auTOU hos ARkou [715], kai to STOma auTOU hos STOma [4750]LEon-tos [3023],

and his :feet as a bear's, and his :mouth as a lion's mouth.

kai Edo-ken auTOho DRAkon [1404]ten DUna-min [1411]auTOU,

and the dragon gave him his :power,

kai ton THROnon [2362] auTOU, kai e-xouSIan [1849] meGAlen.

and his :throne, and great authority.


c. 13:3-5 THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE BEAST AND THE DRAGON

kai MIan ek ton ke-phaLON [2776]auTOU hos es-phagMEnen [4969]eis THAna-ton;

And I saw one of his :heads as though it had been smitten unto death;

kai hepleGEtou thaNAtou auTOU e-the-raPEUthe[2323]:

and his :stroke of :death was healed:

kai eTHAUmas-the[2296]HOle hege oPIsotou theRIou;

and the whole earth wondered after the beast;

kai pro-seKUne-san [4352]to DRAkon-ti [1404], HOti Edo-ken ten e-xouSIan [1849]

4and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave the authority

totheRIo; kai pro-seKUne-san to theRIo, LEgon-tes,

to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying,

Tis HOmoi-os to theRIo? kai tis DUna-tai po-leMEsai [4170]met' auTOU?

Who is like the beast? and who can war with him?

kai eDOtheauTO STOma [4750], laLOUN meGAla kai blas-pheMIas [988];

5and a mouth was given him, speaking great thingsand blasphemies;

kai eDOtheauTO e-xouSIa [1849]poiEsai MEnas tes-seRAkon-ta kai DUo.

and authority was given him to continue forty and two months.


d. 13:6 THE BLASPHEMY OF THE BEAST

kai Enoi-xe to STOma auTOU eis blas-pheMIas pros ton TheON,

And he opened his :mouth for blasphemies against :God,

blas-pheMEsai [987]to Ono-ma auTOU, kai ten skeNEN [4633]auTOU, tous en toou-raNO skeNOUNtas.

to blaspheme his :name, and his :tabernacle, them that tabernacle in the heaven.


e. 13:7 THE AUTHORITY OF THE BEAST OVER THE SAINTS AND THE EARTH

kai eDOtheauTO poiEsai POle-mon [4171]meTA ton haGIon [40],

And it was given him to make war with the saints,

kai niKEsai [3528]auTOUS: kai eDOtheauTO e-xouSIa

and to overcome them: and authority was given him

ePI PAsan phuLEN [5443]kai laON [2992]kai GLOSsan [1100]kai ETHnos [1484].

over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.


f. 13:8 WHO SHALL WORSHIP THE BEAST

kai pro-skuNEsou-sin [4352]auTON PANtes hoi ka-toiKOUNtes [2730]ePI tes ges,

And all the earth-dwellers shall worship him, every one

hou ou GEgrap-tai [1125] to Ono-ma auTOU en tobibLIo [976]tes zo-ES [2222]

whose :name has not been written in the book of :life

tou arNIou [721] tou es-phagMEnou [4969] aPO ka-ta-boLES [2602]KOSmou [2889].

of the Lamb :slain from theworld's foundation.


g. 13:9 If any has an ear, let him hear. Ei tis Echei ous, a-kouSAto[191].


h. 13:10a THE FINAL JUIDGMENT OF BEAST-WORSHIPPERS

EI tis eis aich-ma-loSIan [161], eis aich-ma-loSIan huPAgei [5217]:

If any isunto captivity, unto captivity he goes:

EI tis en maCHAIra [3162] a-pok-teNEI [615], dei auTON en maCHAIra a-pok-tanTHEnai.

if any shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed.


i. 13:10b Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

HO-DE es-tin hehu-po-moNE[5281]kai hePIstis [4102]ton haGIon [40].


2. 13:11-18 A SECOND BEAST: IDENTIFIES THE FIRST BEAST

a. 13:11 THE SECOND BEAST OUT OF THE EARTH

Kai EIdon ALlo theRIon [2342] a-naBAInon [305] ek tes ges;

And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth;

kai EIchen KEra-ta [3664] DUo HOmoi-a arNIo [721], kai eLAlei hos DRAkon [1404].

and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.

b. 13:12a And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his sight.

kai ten e-xouSIan tou PROtou theRIou PAsan poiEI eNOpi-on auTOU.


c. 13:12b THE PURPOSE OF SECOND BEAST: TO CAUSE WORSHIP TO FIRST BEAST

kai poiEI ten gen kai tous en auTE ka-toiKOUNtas [2730]

And he makes the earth and them that dwell in it

HIna pros-kuNEsou-sin to theRIon [2342]to PROton, hou e-the-raPEUthe hepleGEtou thaNAtou auTOU.

to worship the first :beast, whose :stroke of :death was healed.


d. 13:13 GREAT SIGNS: METHOD WHEREBY HE ACCOMPLISHES THIS

kai poiEI seMEIa [4592]meGAla, HIna kai pur [4442]poiE

And he does great signs, that he should make even fire

ek tou ou-raNOU ka-taBAInein [2597] eis ten gen eNOpi-on ton anTHROpon.

to come down out of :heaven upon the earth in men's sight.


e. 13:14 DECEPTION IN IMAGE-WORSHIP: THE RESULT OF LYING SIGNS

kai plaNA [4105] tous ka-toiKOUNtas ePI tes ges diA ta seMEIa [4592]

And he deceives them that dwell on the earth with the signs

ha eDOtheauTO poiEsai eNOpi-on tou theRIou;

which it was given him to do in thesight of the beast;

LEgon tou ka-toiKOUsin ePI tes ges, poiEsai

saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make

eiKOna [1504]to theRIohos Echei ten pleGEN [4127]tes maCHAIras [3162]kai Eze-sen [2198].

an image to the beast who has the stroke of the sword and lived.


f. 13:15 DEATH: THE RESULT OF NOT WORSHIPING THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST

kai eDOtheauTE DOUnai PNEUma te eiKOni [1504]tou theRIou,

And it was given to her to give a spirit to the image of the beast,

HIna kai laLEsehe eiKON tou theRIou kai poiEseHIna HOsoi

that the image of the beast should both speak and cause that as many

eAN mepros-kuNEso-sin [4352]te eiKOni tou theRIou a-pok-tanTHOsin [615].

as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed.


g. 13:16-17 THE MARK OF BONDAGE

kai poiEI PANtas, tous miKROUS kai tous meGAlous,

And he causes all, the small and the great,

kai tous plouSIous [4145] kai tous ptoCHOUS [4434], kai tous e-leuTHErous [1658]kai tous DOUlous [1401],

and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond,

HIna DOsin auTOIS CHArig-ma [5480]ePI tes cheiROS auTON tes de-xiAS, e ePI to MEtopon auTON;

that they give them a mark on their :right :hand, or upon their :forehead;

kai HIna MEtis DUne-tai a-goRAsai [59]e poLEsai [4453], ei me ho Echon to CHArag-ma [5480],

17and that no one be able to buy or sell, save who has the mark,

to Ono-ma [3686] tou theRIou [2342]e ton a-rithMON [706]tou oNOma-tos auTOU.

the name of the beast or the number of his :name.


h. 13:18a Here is the wisdom. HOde hesoPHIa [4678]esTIN.


i. 13:18b THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

ho Echon noun [3563], pse-phiSAto [5585] ton a-rithMON [706] tou theRIou [2342];

Who has understanding, let him count the number of the beast;

a-rithMOS gar anTHROpou esTIN: kai ho a-rithMOS auTOU he-xaKOsi-oi heXEdon-ta hex.

for it is the number of a man: and his :number is Six hundred sixty six.


NOTE: 13:1b-10 - One might ask - “Why would God allow the Beast in the last days to overcome the saints?


During World War II days, and a few years preceding that time, Rees Howells of Wales was led to call Hitler “The Beast”. Look at the numbers of the Jews who died in his Holocaust (6 million) - and the number of saints who he martyred. German Pastor Martin Niemoller and Betsy, the sister of Corrie Ten Boom - are but two of that vast number. Millions died in World War II because of Hitler, the Beast of that day - and millions also under Stalin. Will that happen again before the return of Jesus? It seems that Scripture clearly says so.


But why? As we go back to the Book of Job, that eternal question returns again and again. “Why does God permit the righteous to suffer?” Of course, “the end” of Job partially answers that question. And when we see how the nations felt badly enough because of what happened to the Jews under Hitler in World II - that in 1947 the United Nations voted the necessary 2/3 of the nations for the establishment of Israel in Palestine after 1900 years of their 4000 year history away from the Homeland God gave them through Abraham. A marvelous miracle, if ever there was one! And how much had what Hitler the Beast led in - impinge upon the decision of the majority of the World's Nations? Though there is a divergence of opinion here, yet many believe the impingement was highly significant.


See 13:9 as a significant Word from the Spirit. “If any has an ear, let him hear.”This word appears prominently within this passage. Will all hear? Of course not. But those who are attuned to hearing the Word of the Spirit - will!


Our passage ends with 13:10b - “Here is the patienceof the saints.What is their patience? That the divine, poetic justice of God in the end willtake place, and Beast-men like Hitler willmeet their deserved reward.


- 13:11-18. The last half of this chapter deals with the coming false prophet, and the extraordinary lyingsigns and wonders granted unto him to perform. Does his spirit manifest itself during the entire church age? Yes - though to a lesser extent. Will manybe deceived by false messiahs and false prophets? It is happening today even before the fullest manifestation of this error takes place. Blindness rests upon the majority of the human race, deliberately and willingly on their part. We ask - “But howcan such deception reign?” Again, because of deliberate choice! Truth-lovers and God-lovers will notbe deceived. Those in deception merely justify prophetic declarations in the Bible. The mystery of iniquityhas operated for the first century of the church, operates today, and will do so to the end.


The team work of the Beast and the second Beast, the False Prophet, is evident in this chapter. But those who have an ear to hear, can see it operating in our nation today! And - the Book we are studying, the last Book of the Bible, clearly reveals how Truth, Righteousness and Justice shalltriumph in the end. Thisis the patience of the saints.


13:18a - “Here is the Wisdom!” The Beast's number is 666. Jesus' number is 888! This is one of the insights that captured the Russian Panin to produce for God HisBible Numeric Greek and English New Testaments.

- J.A.W.