And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed
Let's begin by looking at the first sentence in this verse. It reads, And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him. For reasons mentioned in our previous study of Revelation 13:11
Now, what is this power that the 2nd beast is continuously exercising in the sight of the 1st beast? Remember what we read in Revelation 13:2 about the 1st beast? It reads,
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and its feet were as the feet of a bear, and its mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave it his power, and its seat, and great authority .
The word here translated as authority in the sentence, and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority is the same Greek word translated as power in our verse of study, which reads, And it is [continuously] exercising all the power of the first beast
before it. Therefore, to make things more transparent when comparing verse 12 to verse 2 of Revelation Chapter 13, we will translate our verse of study, verse 12, like this: And it is [continuously] exercising all the authority of the first beast before it
. And now, since we are told that the 2nd beast is continuously exercising all the authority of the 1st beast, and in verse 2 we were told that the 1st beast got its great authority from the dragon who we know to be Satan himself; therefore, we know that this 2nd beast has that same great authority that was given to the 1st beast by Satan, the dragon.
So, what is this authority that can also be translated as power that the 2nd beast is continuously exercising before or in the sight of the 1st beast? Why it is the authority of Satan himself. It is that same authority or power whereby the 1st beast was able to take over the whole corporate Christian Church beginning on May 21, 1988 and being completed by September 7, 1994 of the Great Tribulation to bring God's Judgment against it. It is that same authority or power of the 1st beast to blaspheme God and His tabernacle, and those that dwell in heaven. It is the same authority or power of the 1st beast to overcome the Saints (the Elect) in the Church by spiritually killing or silencing them during the Great Tribulation from May 21, 1988 to May 21, 2011. It is that same authority or power of the 1st beast to speak Great Things from the Holy Scriptures as if it were God Himself and thereby blaspheme God's name for the 42-month period, which 42 months is symbolic of the entire Great Tribulation period.
death blow to Satan at the cross will still be fully realized when Satan is destroyed forever due to its deadly wound first received at the cross, that was then healed for a short season or hour to bring Judgment against God's Church, and that will be then restored again on the Last Day to pay the eternal consequence of death for it.
We learned that the 2nd beast which came up out of the earth (out of the Church or people in the Church) during the Great Tribulation described in Revelation Chapter 13:12 continuously exercised all the power or authority of the 1st beast that came up out of the sea (out of unsaved people) during the Great Tribulation. And, since it was the dragon (Satan) who gave the 1st beast its power or authority according to verse 3 of Revelation Chapter 13, this is the exact same power or authority that the 2nd beast that came up out of the earth was continuously exercising because remember, Revelation 13:12 says that the 2nd beast was exercising all the power or authority of the 1st beast. So, what was the authority or power that the 2nd beast was exercising? Why it was the great authority or power of the dragon (Satan) itself after the beast had been healed of its death wound on May 21, 1988 to once again have great authority and power like it had before the time of the cross when it was able to keep the gospel and eternal life and salvation from spreading throughout the whole world. Indeed, such great authority or power made it
possible for Satan to take over all the Christian churches worldwide and rule over and through them as the counterfeit Christ, THE ANTICHRIST, Satan itself who is the ruling part, or head, of Satan's kingdom (the beast) along with Satan's fallen angels and counterfeit Christians who are all a part of Satan's kingdom (the beast). The beast, then, in the Church during the Great Tribulation is Satan's kingdom consisting of the counterfeit Christ who is the Antichrist and Satan, its demons, and its counterfeit Christians. And, both the 1st and the 2nd beasts portray this one and the same beast that brings God's Judgment against His own Church during the Great Tribulation, for Judgment [had to] begin at the House of God (1Peter 4:17).
We then also discovered in verse 12 of Revelation 13 during the Great Tribulation that the 2nd beast with its great authority and power continuously caused the earth (the Church) and those in it (the Church as well) to be worshipping the 1st beast, which is really one and the same as the 2nd beast, for God is just using the picture of 2 different beasts to represent the one Church-beast that brings God's Judgment against the Church (against all the Christian churches worldwide and them that dwell therein). Thus, whereas we learned that the whole Church (everyone who attended a church) worshipped the one Church-beast (symbolized by the 1st beast) during the Great Tribulation in verse 8
The 2nd beast coming up from the earth exercises Satan's authority and causes the Church to worship the 1st beast!
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed .
In today's short study, we will look into Revelation 13:12 and answer the questions, what is all this power of the 1st beast that this 2nd beast exercises before or in the sight of it? And what does it mean that this 2nd beast causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the 1st beast? Further, what exactly do the 1st and 2nd beasts represent in Revelation Chapter 13?
Lord, once again we come before you to plead for the illumination by your Spirit into the deeper spiritual truths of Revelation Chapter 13, especially verse 12 that might help us to better understand the Great Tribulation period that has resulted in where we are at today. Through Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
beast as well) that was also continuously causing the earth (the Church) and those who dwelt in it (everyone who attended a church) to be worshipping the one Church-beast (once again symbolized by the 1st beast who the 2nd beast made them worship) during the Great Tribulation from May 21, 1988 to when Judgment Day, which consists of many days, began on May 21, 2011. Therefore, the whole corporate Church (all those in the Christian churches worldwide) worshipped the one Church-beast because that same one Church-beast continuously made them to do so whose deadly wound was healed, which is what made it possible for that same one Church-beast to have the authority or power to not only make everyone in the churches worldwide worship it, but to also spiritually destroy all the Christian churches worldwide during the Great Tribulation and even to this day.
Now, until the next time, may Yahweh bless thee, and keep thee: Yahweh make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: Yahweh lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace (Numbers 6:24-26).