Revelation 13:5

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Revelation 13:5

The words of this verse are referring to the beast of the previous verse. It was asked, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” The world will look to this great power and follow after it because of its great authority. A great power is generally noted as such because of a great leader. This is not always the case. For example, the United States has been considered a great power even with really crummy leaders.

However, at times, a nation or group of nations is thought as great because of its leader. Such was the case with Nazi Germany. One can hardly think of it without also associating it with Hitler. In the case of this great end-times beast, it too will be great, but it will have a leader that will be the focus of it. Its power will be wielded by him. And more, John says of the beast, “And he was given a mouth speaking great things.”

This is a reference to what is said in Daniel 7:8 –

“I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.”

The term “pompous words” is literally translated from the Aramaic “great things.”  This end-times leader will be charismatic and able to utter words to convince all of his own greatness, and that the power he yields is without match. John also says, “and blasphemies.”

This indicates that this ruler (the man of sin of 2 Thessalonians 2:3), who is the antichrist, will speak against God. He will claim that it is he who is the savior of the world. Paul clearly states this of him in 2 Thessalonians. He says it is he “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Understanding this, John next says, “and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.”

The words, “and he was given,” speak of allowance. In other words, he only has what he has received, and he has received only because God has allowed it to be so. Recorded millennia ago, the prophecies of Daniel 9 foretold these events would come, and that they will occur in connection with the presence of this man of sin. Paul then gives more details for the world to understand who he would be and what the state of the world will be like. After that, John has confirmed the allowed span of time saying that his authority will continue for forty-two months.

This is exactly what the first half of Daniel 9:27 said would occur –

“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”

A week here means seven years. Seven years are granted, but at the halfway mark of those seven years, this antichrist will sit “as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” One-half of seven years is forty-two months. The timeline has been given, the details have been explained, and John confirms the overall scenario for the end times once again in Revelation.

This is the time of disaster that Jesus spoke of for the Jews of the end times. Everything needed to understand the scenario has been given. If they will pay heed, they will be prepared to make their flight into the mountains.

Life application: The words of Daniel 9 are directed to the people of Israel. Jesus was speaking to the people of Israel when He referred to these coming events in the synoptic gospels. Paul’s timeline clearly shows that the church will not be present when these events occur. And John’s words now in Revelation fully support the notion that the main events of Revelation are focused on the nation of Israel.

For those who believe the church has replaced Israel, there is a sad disconnect between their understanding the covenants and of the faithfulness of the Lord in relation to those covenants. It is no wonder pastors and preachers teach that one can lose his salvation. If covenant faithfulness is up to us, such would be the case. But it is not. When the Lord speaks, He will be faithful, even when those He covenants with are unfaithful.

Have faith in the promises of the Lord, even when you fail Him. He has been faithful to unfaithful Israel for millennia, and He will be faithful to see you through the end that He agreed to when you received His offer of pardon and peace. That was the day you received JESUS.

Lord God, thank You for our hope. Thank You for the giving of Your Son so that we have full, final, and forever restoration with You because of Him. We thank You and praise You for our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.

6 thoughts on “Revelation 13:5

  • Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at 8:34 am

    amen HE who begin a good work in you will complete it till the day of JESUS CHRIST . that is a precious promise . thank you love and prayers

  • Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Glory to God for another day to read his word and praise his names. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. He is who he is. He will not change. His work in the flesh completed and will remain unchanged for eternity. Our redemption and forgiveness, through faith in him, is forever. Hallelujah. Glory to God for another day of thanksgiving.

  • Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Enjoying to read this dayli Devotion, today. It was very uplifting to read about God´s faithfulness toward us. Missing you on FB, dear Charlie. But can really understand to not be on there. I still try to get used to all the new social media platforms and communicating with everyone through a different platform. Thank you for all you do. Blessings.

  • Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Thank you lord God for your unwavering faithfulness to us your creation. Your offer of salvation through Jesus seemed almost with out end giving chance after chance to be saved but as we are seeing right now the age of grace is ending, salvation after the age of grace becomes work based and those works will require you to confess Jesus as lord also require your life to be saved. We are so close to going home now I can feel the call more and more as I am filled with a peace that grows with each day that bible prophecy is being fulfilled daily. We are seeing events that will ever happen again…Never! Because these are the events the Bible told us to watch for In the last days! We are about to see the Arabs hand the Temple Mount over to the Jews!!! How much more proof do we need to see Jesus is at the door? We are at the finish line pushing the tape to the breaking point with our fingers. Before we break that tape we need to make a last ditch effort to reach the lost, and if we don’t reach them now we need to leave stuff behind to jog their memory’s as to everything we tried to tell them and pray they become tribulation saints. I have a left behind pack on my google drive that I would encourage everyone to check out and share with everyone unsaved or on the fence for Jesus! It the information they will need to know during the tribulation, the what to do and Not do if left behind.! You can find it at my YT channel jstrum55. ( lots of links to great Bible teaching videos). Or you can go straight to the drive with this link.
    Myself based on recent events in Jerusalem I am 1,000% sure we are going home this year! It’s all coming together perfectly. As I posted above and have been now for weeks we are at T-59 days till Israel’s 73rd birthday. I think this is a huge rapture watch window, any day between now and then is a super high watch time. Just going by the Bible’s description of a generation 70 year, 80 if by strength the 73rd birthday puts us at a crossroads.The 70 years +3 are fulfilled leaving 7 years to fulfill the 80 years…..the 7 years of tribulation???? Plus the Hebrew Calendar says the next millennium starts at the end of these last 7 years!!!! Well we don’t need to be rocket scientist to understand the significance of that. Could I be wrong…..yes there is an outside chance of us being here in September/ October but I am putting my money on now this spring. It’s all coming together too perfectly to turn a blind eye from the facts that we see. Well I kind of went off there but felt I needed to share all this with you and others as our time is up and the excitement and anticipation of
    Jesus coming for us any moment now is just becoming overwhelming, I can feel more and more of those chains that bind us to this world falling away by the hour we are going home Amen
    Thank you all for your indulgence and please share my Rapture drive with as many as you can, sadly there will be many that will need the reality slap it will give them after we have gone.
    God Bless my SW Family

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

  • Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Thank You God for keeping Your covenants even when we fall short of our commitments. Thank you for Charlie who dedicates himself to teaching Your Word. May we continue to grow in faith to see through the lens of You to avoid getting caught in the deceit of this world. As Gordon mentioned, let us too reach out to Your lost sheep with Your grace and speak to them about Jesus!

  • Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Gordon, it’s exciting to live in this age. And each day brings us one day closer to something wonderful! Can’t wait.

    Have a blessed day everyone.


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