Great Expectations

Revelation 13: Two beasts of Armageddon (Part 2)

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The Beast of the Earth

Many years ago, as a child, I lived in my great grandmother’s house in Malaysia. Living in a Buddhist household, I vividly recall my relatives, kneeling down in front of idols of buddhist deities, shaking a bottle with sticks inside. They call it “fortune sticks”.

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As they shake the bottle, one of the sticks rises slowly from the bottle and falls on the ground. A short message is written on the stick and they would bring it over to a monk for interpretation.

When wisdom fails, men often turn to signs for answers.

“For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver.”

Ezekiel‬ ‭21:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Trumpet (warning) that comes upon a third of the foolish wise men of Tyre will soon bring death and destruction to a third (not 33%).

“Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭8:8-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The mortal wound that comes upon a third of mankind is a result of their foolish wisdom, intertwined with pride and corruption. Their eagerness to perpetuate a system to sustain their false Way of Life, will lead them to an unsolvable predicament. Like the King of Babylon standing in the parting of the road, they will start shaking arrows, seeking signs for guidance.

Hidden within the deception of the Beast of the Sea, the Beast of the Earth lays dormant. As the sea turns into blood and a third of the living creatures in the sea is mortally wounded, it sets a stage for the Beast of the Earth to emerge from its hiding place. 

“And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.”

Daniel‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Daniel the Prophet saw the Abomination of Desolation set up in 1290 days. It is again not a literal number. Subtracting 30 days from 1290, we see the Beast of the Sea’s 1260 days unfold. The number 30 signifies a spiritual element in the next phase of the Great Deception. The stage is being set, to test the hearts of men whose wisdom has turned into foolishness.

“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.”‬‬

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭13:11‬ ‭NKJV

Utilising the power of the two horns like a lamb (but not the True Lamb), the Beast of the Earth is about to unite the fatally wounded men of Tyre under a religious banner.

“And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭13:14‬ ‭NKJV

It is able to perform signs to awe the earth dwellers who have not accepted the Citizenship of Heaven. Utilizing “signs and wonders”, the Beast of the Earth is even able to cast judgement, providing catharsis for the anger and confusion of the many who are fatally wounded.

“He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”

Revelation‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ 

Men who consider themselves spiritual repositories and having the following of many, often misinterpreting their love for “Signs and Wonders”, for their love the God and Truth, will lead many to worship the Abomination of Desolation. History rhymes, blinded by men’s exaltation and wealth, they will struggle to identify Christ even when He is standing right in front of them.

“But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!””

Matthew‬ ‭26:63‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

A trumpet (warning) burns up a third of the trees and green grass.

“The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.”

I often think of trees and green grass as spiritual places of refuge. Those who accept the Mark of the Beast end up with a foul and loathsome sore. 

“So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭16:2‬ ‭NKJV

Just like manna from heaven, when spiritual gifts are used for a different purpose other that of God’s true intention, they “bred worms and stank”. A foul and loathsome sore (not a physical wound) will come upon those men who utilizes the spiritual gifts for anything other than what they were divinely intended for.  

“Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭16:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Overcomers

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

On the Twenty Four thrones sat twenty four elders who are not necessarily 24 elders of the church. It  symbolizes those who have passed the test of Armageddon, have overcome the world and have accepted the citizenship of Heaven. There is no way to accept the citizenship of heaven without knowing the Lord in all completeness. The number 24 contains two halfs, a full day and a full night. It is here where one needs to know what the Lord loves and what the Lord hates, without exception. Like pure gold that will be tested, a mixture is no longer accepted. They will not be able to enter the Promised Land before completely pronouncing the Blessings and Curses on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. Those who are unable to overcome are destined to fall in the Field of Sharp Swords.

“So they arose and went over by number, twelve from Benjamin, followers of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve from the servants of David. And each one grasped his opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his opponent’s side; so they fell down together. Therefore that place was called the Field of Sharp Swords, which is in Gibeon.”

‭‭II Samuel‬ ‭2:15-16‬ ‭

But the Lord will trial the remaining one third (not 33%) and test them as gold is tested until they call his Name.

“And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says the Lord, “That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one–third shall be left in it: I will bring the one–third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ””

‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭13:8-9‬ ‭

Michael / Oct 2021

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