Revelation 13:12

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Revelation 13:12

The previous verse introduced the beast coming out of the earth with two horns like a lamb, but which spoke like a dragon. As noted, those words may be referring to an entity that is religious in nature. If so, it is assumed to be led by the false prophet.

As noted in the previous verse, the speculation could go on and on. At this point in history, the events are future. Being dogmatic about the exact meaning is futile. For now, John says, “And he exercises all the authority of the first beast.”

This second beast, possibly led by the false prophet, has the same authority as the first beast. This means that he is filled by Satan just as the first beast is. The antichrist and the false prophet both obtain their authority and power from the devil.

John then notes that he exercises this authority of the first beast “in his presence.” This means that what he does is with the expressed approval of the first beast. If this is a religious alliance of the false prophet, it will deal mostly with religious matters while the antichrist will deal with the political/military matters.

With this as a possibility, John next says, “and causes the earth and those who dwell in it.” As already noted in several verse commentaries, the word “earth” can mean quite a number of things. The more dogmatic one gets on its meaning, if wrong, the more the analysis will steer away from the correct interpretation. Is this referring to the whole earth? Is it referring to the land of Israel only? And so on. As “the earth” appears to be set in contrast to “the sea” of verse 13:1, the distinction is probably one of two things. It is either religious as opposed to secular, or it is Israel in contrast to the nations.

Because it is speaking of the “earth and those who dwell in it,” this may more likely be speaking of the land of Israel. Until the time comes, it is all speculation. But either way, the result is the same. The people of “the earth” are caused, “to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” There is such a deception concerning these end times events that the healing of the head of the first beast will be a point of awe – “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

This great alliance of nations will appear to be the premier force on earth. As such, allegiance to it is to be expected. This should not be thought unlikely. In the world today, people worship the World Health Organization in the sense that they have all of the medical answers needed to rescue the masses. People worship the UN as if they have all of the governmental answers to align the world under one head. And so forth.

The mentality of globalists is that if it consolidates power and authority, it is a good thing. This is exactly what this false religious beast will convince the people concerning the beast that rose out of the sea (meaning the nations) to become a world power.

If, in fact, the earth is signifying those in the land of Israel – as opposed to the “sea” which signifies the gentile nations – then this religious body will lead astray the Jews who reject the message of the 2 witnesses (that which testifies to the truth of Jesus).

He will have them thoroughly convinced that the beast “whose deadly wound was healed” is worthy of following and giving their allegiance to it. Regardless of whether this is a Jewish person or not, he will have the ability to mislead the masses concerning the workings of the antichrist and will have them following him.

Life application: As unlikely as it seems to us who look forward to these things and understand them from a Jesus-centered worldview, the people of the world won’t look at the events around them in this manner. Instead, they will simply think that what they are doing, and the one they are following, is their great deliverer.

This has been the case time and again in history as leaders arise to deceive those who follow them, but when the tribulation comes, it will be on a global scale. As noted above, the consolidation of power by globalists is their own god. They look to man as the final rule and authority, but they fail to see that man without Christ belongs to the devil.

There is only one way to have that default position corrected. That is to accept God’s offer of reconciliation which came about in the giving of His Son. In accepting this, one moves from the authority of the devil to the authority of God. This can only come through receiving JESUS.

Lord God, it is heartbreaking to read through the pages of the Bible and see the history of man continuously repeating itself. We fall away from the truth, are judged in order to correct us, and then for a short time return to You. But time and again, we stray right back to our ways of error. Give us wise and discerning hearts to follow You obediently. Amen.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Revelation 13:12

  • Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 9:03 am
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    amen please LORD give me a heart that love YOU more and more as the last days approach . – thank you love and prayers

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  • Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    Glory to God for another day to read you word and praise your name. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. Thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for sparing our eternal lives by laying down your human life. Glory to God for his plan to overcome and triumph. If you are willing, please let us live in a land that is healed. Among a people who sought your forgiveness. Your will be done. Amen.

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  • Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 10:07 am
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    T-51
    Thank you John for your comment yesterday and to any others that have visited my YouTube channel! My express goal for the channel was not to make videos but to set up a one stop clearing house if you will for people looking for the best pastors and watchmen tho teach and answer the question they have about salvation, the rapture, the tribulation, works etc etc. yes I was inspired to do a few videos with my dogs, they are great listener and don’t complain to me about the subject lol. As I see it now it was the right thing to do because people don’t have time to search the internet for these answers to their questions they need access to them all right now because time is up. I also encourage all to check out my link there to my google drive that is full of information for those left behind at the rapture and are facing the unknown of the tribulation. It’s Jstrum55. On YouTube. I have been on the fence for doing another video on just how very very close we are to the rapture! The signs are there this is the year, many people I have watched are finally stopping with the closing comment of the rapture could be a year away or 10 or more years away that they always cushioned themselves with and are finally saying yes it’s very close and then leave it at that! That is the way it should be not projecting a future false time line for the rapture because because that reduces the urgency to get saved and urgency is exactly what we need right now! The Temple Mount is now a non issue for Islam and they have given the green light for the temple to be built! Evens blind man can tell the rapture is imminent not years off!
    Wow did I run on here! sorry but this is a hot button for me trying to get family , friends and anyone that will listen the information they need for salvation and worse case how to be saved during the tribulation. I thank God for giving me a small part in the sharing of salvation with others and pray at least one or two will come to Jesus through my efforts with this YT channel.
    Thank you all again for indulging my rambling oh and just a thought for today, will Israel have a new king / pm today or will that prophecy of Israel not having a king in the last days continue on just reinforcing the imminence of the rapture..??
    God bless my SW family we meet soon in the clouds.

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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  • Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 1:13 am
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    Thank you God for Your love to warn us of what we face when we do not accept Your Son’s sacrifice for our sin. Please God continue to remind the unbelievers of Your presence, such as with the recent Bible archeological discovery. Thank you God for Charlie who reminds us to seek salvation and grow in faith.

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  • Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 2:22 pm
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    Hope this posts. Had a bug in the site and unable to post 13:13 all day. Please have a blessed afternoon, and be encouraged in the Lord!

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  • Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 5:39 pm
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    Please Jesus help Charlie in maintaining your word on this sight. Remove obstacles and barriers from sharing your word. Encourage him and bless your ministry. Thank you for being with us during such a season. If you are willing please build our courage and wisdom and faith in you. Help us to keep our eyes on you and your work, boasting in you and what you have done for us.

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    • Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 10:11 am
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      Amen to your prayer for Charlie to be able to continue daily teaching. Please Lord watch over Charlie and his ministry of preaching your precious word.

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  • Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 10:37 pm
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    Amen!

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