Rev 13:5 "And there was
given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was
given unto him to continue forty and two months."
The Devil tested
the Lord in the wilderness after that the Lord had fasted forty days and forty
nights. Matt. 4:8 "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high
mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down
and worship me." The Devil was promising the Lord that he would make him king
over the beast if he would worship him. Of course, the Lord refused.
David was the
mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit in the last words that he spoke: 2 Sam. 23:1 "Now
these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who
was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist
of Israel, said, 2 The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my
tongue." In contrast, the prince of the power of the air (Satan) often speaks
through his subjects speaking great things and blasphemies:
1. 2 Kings 18:32
"Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and
wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye
may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you,
saying, The LORD will deliver us. 33 Hath any of the gods of the nations
delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of
Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered
Samaria out of mine hand? 35 Who are they among
all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine
hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?"
2. Dan. 4:30
king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house
of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?"
3. Dan. 7:8
considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn,
before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and,
behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great
4. Dan. 7:20
of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and
before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake
very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and
the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;"
5. Dan. 3:15
if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp,
sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and
worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be
cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that
God that shall deliver you out of my hands?"
6. 2 Chr. 32:17
"He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against
him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their
people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out
of mine hand. 18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the
people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble
them; that they might take the city. 19 And they spake against the God of
Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work
of the hands of man."
7. Dan. 7:25 "And
he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints
of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given
into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."
"Power was given
unto him to continue forty and two months." Since the fall of Rome many have
believed that the beast is no longer around. There have been many attempts to
form a one-world government since that time. Some of the attempts include:
1. England in the
days of the British Empire;
2. Fascism in the
days of the First World War;
3. Nazism in the
days of the Second World War;
during the Cold War;
5. The United
According to Rev. Chapter 20
the seventh head will form near the close of Christ spiritual reign on earth:
Rev. 20:6 "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on
such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years
are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to
deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog,
to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the
saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven,
and devoured them." Thus the beast will continue until the end of the 42 months
which is the end of the New Covenant age.
"And he opened
his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle,
and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And 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. 8 And 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."
To blasphemy means to speak
to the injury, destruction, or defamation of the one blasphemed. The beast
opened his mouth in blasphemy against God. This blasphemy against God took
three venues. First, it was blasphemy against the name of God. Blasphemy
against the name of God is more than just using curse words or using wicked
epitaphs. It includes speaking against the very character of God manifests in
the names used for God. For instance, God is called Creator. To speak against
God as the creator of all things is to blasphemy the name of God. All the
atheists and evolutionists today are blasphemers of the name of God. When
secular government will not only condone but also promote evolution and reject
even the very teaching of creation, that secular government is blaspheming the
name of God. Another name of God is Shepherd. When government tries to replace
the spiritual pastorship of God over his people with drugs and other forms of
medication and treatment, then that government is blaspheming the name of God.
Likewise when a secular government denies God's Almighty power, his omniscient
reign over the affairs of men, his sovereignty, his deity, his kingship and his
kingdom, it is blaspheming the name of God.
Second, the beast blasphemed
the tabernacle of God. A tabernacle is a temporary dwelling place. God has
promised to dwell with his people in his kingdom in his church. That is the
tabernacle of God. When secular government speaks against or does destruction
against the Lord's church that is blasphemy against the tabernacle of God. When
secular government creates a state sponsored or state run church (so-called) and
requires people to worship therein or not worship at all, then that is blasphemy
against the tabernacle of God. Likewise, in any way that the secular government
attempts to hinder the existence of the Lord's church is blasphemy against the
tabernacle of God.
Third, the beast blasphemed
them that dwelled in heaven. The use of the word, heaven, here is not to infer
the glory world. Rather it refers to the kingdom of heaven or kingdom of
God and embraces the Lord's
church. Them that dwell in heaven are the born-again, baptized members of the
Lord's church who are seeking to walk as the Lord's disciples. When secular
government puts up obstacles to the true worship of God and tries to dissuade
people from worshipping therein, or attempts to destroy the true worshippers of
God or to hinder their worship or service to God, then that is blasphemy against
those who dwell in heaven.
Examples of this beastly
blasphemy are found in the books of Daniel and of Esther. Nebuchadnezzar sought
to destroy anyone who would not worship the image that he had set up.
Darius was persuaded to cast into a den of lions anyone who asked petition of
any God other than himself. Haman sought through King Ahasuerus to destroy the
remnant of the Jews who worshipped the God of Israel.
"And it was given unto
him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them."
There is a very limited or restricted sense in which the beast can make war with
and overcome the saints. He can do harm or destroy their natural body only.
Just as Satan was restricted from destroying the life of Job, so the beast
cannot touch the spiritual life of one of God's elect. The Lord said in Matt
10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
The most that the beast can do is kill the body. He can overcome them as far as
bringing them into bodily bondage, restricting their movements and killing their
bodies, but he cannot destroy their soul. Only the Lord is capable of
destroying a soul. However, he will never destroy the souls of his elect.
The beast cannot force the
Lord's born-again people to worship any false God or any falsehood against their
will. He may deceive them into doing that but he cannot force them into doing
"Power was given him over
all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." As we read earlier in this chapter,
this power came from the dragon. The authority is an unlawful authority the
beast forces upon its subjects. It is the authority of force. It goes back to
the adage, "He that has the force has the authority." When the King of Assyria
sought to impose his rule over Hezekiah and the children of Israel at Jerusalem,
he sought to do it by force. This was the same way that he had imposed his
authority upon all the other nations he ruled.
2 Kings 18:29 "Thus saith the
king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out
of his hand: 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying,
The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the
hand of the king of Assyria. 31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith
the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me,
and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and
drink ye every one the waters of his cistern: 32 Until I come and take
you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread
and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die:
and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will
deliver us. 33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his
land out of the hand of the king of
34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad?
where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered
Samaria out of mine hand?
35 Who are they among all the gods of the
countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD
should deliver Jerusalem out of
Again the use of the phrase,
"all kindreds, and tongues, and nations," shows the universal nature of the
beast. Thus this beast was a multinational conglomeration of nations under a
"And 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." Some have thought that
the unregenerate do not worship anything, but that is simply not true. One
thing they worship is the God of force. This is the reason they worship the
beast by giving such praise and adoration to him. Their worship is the worship
of the creature. They believe that man through the wisdom and ingenuity of man
in a man-made government can cure all the ills and problems of society. They
worship at the altar of secular government and worship the God of forces while
"If any man have
an ear, let him hear."
This strange little statement or a very similar
statement appears eight times in the book of Revelations and eight times in the
gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). (Rev. 2:2, 7, 11, 29; 3:6, 13, 22;
13:9; Matt. 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mk. 4:9, 23; 7:16; Lk. 8:8; 14:35). It is a
declarative command (let him hear) based on a condition (If any man have an
ear). The condition must exist before the command can apply. If a man has not
an ear, then he is not commanded to hear, neither is he capable of hearing. God
only commands those who have an ear to hear. This begs two questions: "Who has
an ear?" and "What type of ear is it?
In answer to the questions
above, I Cor. 2:9, 10 reads, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor
ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."
Thus, we conclude that the natural ear, natural eye, and natural heart that
cannot perceive the things that God hath prepared for them that love him. Yet
the Spirit has revealed the deep things of God to some. Therefore, we conclude
that there is a spiritual eye, a spiritual ear, and a spiritual heart to which
the deep things of God are revealed. Furthermore, I Cor. 2:14, tells us "But
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned." The natural man has no spiritual senses by which he can receive
spiritual things. Verse 12 gives us the answer as follows: "Now we have
received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we
might know the things that are freely given to us of God." The spiritual
ear hears spiritual things. The ones who have spiritual ears are those who have
been born spiritually.
The Lord said in John 3:3
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God." Those who have been
born of the spirit are the only ones who have spiritual senses by which they can
see the kingdom of God. Verses 6-8 reads, "6
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit
is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but
canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is
born of the Spirit." The Spirit operates sovereignly and separate and apart
from man's action in causing someone to be born of the Spirit. As the Lord
said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the
words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
Only those who have been
born of the Spirit have spiritual ears by which they can hear spiritual things.
God gives the command to hear only to those who have been born of the Spirit.
Since this command is not the irresistible command of the new birth it can be
complied with or it can be ignored by those who receive it. Those who have been
born again who ignore the commandment will suffer a timely condemnation for
their rebellion, but heaven will still be their home.
The Spirit speaks to the
spiritually born child of God in various ways but chiefly through the
scriptures, through the preaching of the gospel, and through individual
experiences in the life of the Spirit born individual. We should not ignore or
rebel against what the Spirit speaks to us but rather hear what the Spirit says
to us and obey His commands.
God has directed the
scriptures only to the child of God. This we read in II Tim. 3:16 "All
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the
man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." The
unregenerate are not capable of receiving spiritual instruction from the
scriptures. Only the spiritually born individuals can receive spiritual
instruction from the scriptures.