Revelation 13:7

Thursday, 18 March 2021

It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. Revelation 13:7

The words refer to the beast rising out of the sea (13:1). It will be a beast led by the antichrist. It was said in verse 13:5 that he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies. Now, it says, “It was granted to him to make war with the saints.”

This same satanic power, given to him to speak great things, is also behind his desire and ability to destroy the saints. This is a reference to the words of Daniel 7:21 –

“I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them.”

The horn of Daniel 7 refers to the antichrist now being described again in Revelation. He will be the leader of the beast. The saints are any who are believers in Christ. They are those that will make up the great white robed multitude referred to in Revelation 7 –

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” Revelation 7:9, 10

They will understand who Christ is after the rapture has taken place, they will put their trust in Him, and they will refuse to be a part of the global system that is set up. The antichrist will have the power to come against them, “and to overcome them.”

It is exactly what Daniel prophesied with the words, “making war against the saints, and prevailing against them.” The powers he will wield will stretch around the globe, and there will be no place safe to hide. John confirms this thought with the words, “And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.”

Some manuscripts add in the words “and people.” Either way, the extent of his rule over the planet will be complete. The term used here expresses that all humanity will fall under his authority. What John is saying was also stated in Daniel 7 –

“He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.” Daniel 7:25

Since the time of the Tower of Babel, the population of the world has never been united in such a way as will occur under his rule. The only ones who will not comply with his authority will be those who have a higher allegiance, meaning they have bowed the knee to Christ alone.

Life application: In the last three- and one-half years of the tribulation period, the antichrist will be “granted” the ability to come against the saints and to overcome them. This wicked person has no true power or authority of his own. He is working on behalf of Satan, and even Satan is bound to what the Lord will allow – something we learn from the first chapter of the book of Job.

Just because the antichrist has been granted authority to make war against these people and to “overcome them,” it doesn’t mean he has any true authority over them. Rather, Jesus holds their eternal destiny in His powerful grasp. Death for them is only temporary. At the end of the tribulation, they will be raised to eternal life.

The rest of the world will be under the authority of the antichrist, and they will pay for it with eternal consequences. There is a difference – some will die and receive eternal rewards, while others will die and receive eternal condemnation. Jesus is the key to both – either accepting Him or rejecting Him is the most important decision anyone can ever make. Be sure to call out for salvation today. Be sure to call out for JESUS!

Lord, the blessing of dying peacefully in this life is of no value at all when compared to the eternal blessing of being saved by the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Help us to get our priorities right, and give us the courage and strength to use this life for Your glory, even if it means death for Your name’s sake. Amen.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Revelation 13:7

  • Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at 8:34 am
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    peace the surpasses all understanding , those who do not know JESUS can not understand this . let our lives be at peace that others will see it and call out to JESUS to receive this peace . thank you – love and prayers

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  • Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at 9:14 am
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    T-57
    As we are told in the Bible “to die is to gain”. This will be the tribulation saints mantra when their eyes are finally opened. How amazing it is that we are on the cusp of not having to die but will immediately gain at the rapture because Jesus died for us. Amen
    We are such a blessed generation we are to be here right now in this time with 99.9% chance of being taken in the rapture! We have to keep that.01% because we can still die before the rapture but I like our odds!!! And they are getting better by the minute now.

    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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  • Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at 9:17 am
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    Good Day SW family.
    Another encouraging word today. The enemy has no authority over us unless our heavenly Father allows it. As I observe my country, there can be no doubt in my mind that the rapture is close. Our leader has announced that the US is no longer our friend, that is all in the past. Our new friend is China. The enemies of Israel are now our friends. I sincerely believe that this is a case of Genesis 12:3 for our nation and I greatly long for our Savior to come. Bro. Gordon I can’t wait to fly.
    Grace and Peace to all as we await His return.

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    • Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 9:34 am
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      Wow Ruth that is AWESOME what your country said. Just more proof that America is non player in bible prophecy and won’t be around to support Israel let alone itself. 56 days left in this huge rapture window we have before Israel’s 73rd birthday the 70 +3 generation leaving 7 years for the 80 year generation to be fulfilled……7 years of tribulation???? We shall see very soon now. Yes We Fly Soon amen

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  • Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    Glory to God for another day to read his word and praise his name. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. Thank you LORD for blessing us with your word. Who are we to receive such grace and understanding. Keep our eyes to you Jesus, and give us courage for what is before us. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    Praise you holy teacher Jesus with blessing Charlie to share your word at such a season.

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  • Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at 11:17 pm
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    Thank you God for being the true hero we are all meant to look up to and want to be like. We follow celebrities, sports players, global leaders, the popular kids at school, but all fall short to You. Yet, Your light gives us hope when all appears to be lost. Please God surround us and encourage us that we too can be a little lamp in the lives of those we meet. Thank you God for Charlie who provides further meaning to Your words so they will shine even brighter in our hearts. Let us look up to You when despair weighs down not only our physical body, but our mind and spirit too. You are our shining star!

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  • Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 11:24 am
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    It’s as if the whole world is turning east. China doled out lots of money and assistance. Someday they will call the debts. Bad times are ahead on a global scale.

    Have a blessed afternoon!

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