The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 13:11–18)

This entry is part 35 of 37 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

John saw another beast (a person; cf. 19:20; 20:10) coming from the earth and not the sea, like a lamb and not ferocious beasts, with two and not ten horns, and speaking like a dragon (13:11). His authority was for bringing about the worship of the first beast, even by imitating the miracles of the two witnesses (13:12–13; cf. 11:5). These signs were to deceive people and have them make an image of the first beast (13:14). This image was given life to speak and to slay those who did not worship the first beast (13:15). It then restricted buying and selling to those marked with 666, the name or number of the name of the beast that Christians at this time will somehow use to identify the beast as the antichrist (13:16–18).

 Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
13:13 2 Kgs 1:9–12 Both involve a person calling down fire from above.
13:14–15 Dan 3:1, 4–6 Those who did not worship the image were to be executed.

A Parting Thought

Despite an “unholy trinity” of the dragon, sea-beast, and earth-beast that are promoted by the beast-image for a false system of worship, complete with a resurrection and mark of membership, God’s people will not be deceived at this time (cf. Matt 24:14) and will be able to identify the Antichrist. Let us be watchful that we are not deceived by false prophets and antichrists in our own time as well.

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