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Discover the origins of the antichrist in first century Rome in this discussion on the mark of the Beast as described in Revelation 13:11-17. Who is the beast out of the earth? What is the mark of the beast and how does it function? What is the image of the beast?

The Book of Revelation depicts a terrifying beast rising out of the sea. The whole world goes astray after the beast, worshipping it and asking, "Who is like the Beast?" Who is the Beast? What do the seven heads, ten horns, and diadems represent? This teaching makes the connection between Daniel's vision of four beasts and the Beast that rises out of the sea.

 

The vision of Revelation 12 involving a woman pursued by a seven-headed red dragon has inspired many different interpretations, but how would a first-century Jewish reader have understood the vision? Where is the place in the wilderness prepared for the woman? What is the flood that pours forth from the dragon's mouth? This teaching places Revelation 12 back in its context, explaining the symbolism.

Revelation 12 describes a cosmic battle between two great constellations: the woman and the dragon. The seven-headed dragon of Revelation 12 is identified as Satan, but who is the mysterious woman with the sun and the moon and twelve stars? This teaching reveals the identity of the woman and the hidden identity of the dragon.
 

Who are the two witnesses of Revelation 11? What is their function in the end times? This intriguing teaching brings material from ancient Jewish apocalypses to uncover the identity of the two witnesses and their mission. 

What is the "time of the Gentiles" and how long does it last. This teaching on Revelation 11:1-2 provides the background for the command to "rise and measure the temple" and insights into the trampling of the holy city.

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. (Revelation 11:1-2)

John sees an angel straddling land and sea with the small scroll open in his hand. He hears the voices of seven thunders speak to him from heaven. He eats a scroll that tastes like honey but turns his stomach sour. In this teaching, we unravel these riddles and more as we prepare for the seventh angel to sound the seventh trumpet.

A fifth trumpet sounds. A star falls to earth. The star is given a key to unlock the abyss. (Not a good idea.) A sixth trumpet releases the four angels bound at the Euphrates. In this teaching from Revelation 9, we learn about who is in the abyss and we meet the hosts of Abaddon.

Naked is Sheol before Him, and Abaddon has no covering. (Job 26:6)

Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, how much more the hearts of men! (Proverbs 15:11)

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years." Revelation 20:1–2

The book of Revelation says that the angels will bind Satan in chains, leaving him shackled for the duration of the Messianic Era, but at the end of that thousand years, the Devil will be released and allowed to raise havoc again. Why?

When the seventh seal on the scroll is broken, heaven falls silent for half an hour. The prayers of the martyrs rise before God like incense. Seven angels take up seven trumpets, and with each blast of the trumpet, a new calamity falls upon the inhabitants of the earth. This teaching from the book of Revelation takes us through the first four trumpet blasts--a prelude to the three woes.

 

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