They were not all persecutors: under some of them the Church enjoyed peace. 3. This suggests he is parallel with the fourth beast, ‘terrible, powerful and exceedingly strong with great iron teeth’ (Daniel 7:7) which, at least initially, symbolises Rome, but in the end represents the mega-empire, summing up all empires of all ages. But, as we must exclude all consideration of the ten horns, there remains but one way of explaining the deviation from the order in Daniel; which is, that if it had been retained, one would very naturally have supposed that the particular elements in the composite beast, like the different beasts in Daniel, indicated definite phases of the power of the world in the order here mentioned. . The bear figures Galerius Maximin, a man from the north of cruel and brutal disposition, terrible mein, and gigantic stature. 2. The dragon gave him his power-seat-authority; Satan, who had in past ages made use of pagan Rome as an instrument of persecuting God’s church, now transfers to him the same power and authority to be used against Christians. 15 But the Lord answered him and said, 'Hypocrites! 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. Three things are mentioned; first, the power itself; secondly, the position from which it is exercised; and thirdly, the right to use it. And as the body of the beast was like to a leopard, the centre and capital of the Roman empire, under antichrist will be the Grecian empire, denoted by the leopard, of which Constantinople became the capital. 13 and he laid his hands on her. He represents all empires. Such a symbolism would be appropriate to represent the attitude of Pagan Rome against Christianity. Revelation 17:7. They are the things which Christ had been offered by the dragon, but which He had refused (Matthew 4:9). Here all these features are combined, because the wild beast is a representative of all forms of world-power, which have been swift to shed blood: like a leopard leaping on the prey, tenacious and relentless as a bear, and all devouring (their throat is an open sepulchre) as a lion. Revelation 16:10; for the dragon exercises his dominion on earth by means of the beast. Is not the whole land before thee? Lactantius moreover informs us, that he took a pleasure in feeding bears, which bore so great a resemblance to him in size and brutality. 1 If I speak in the tongues # 13:1 Or languages of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. And the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. 3. “The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners”: Lot’s decisions put him in dangerous proximity to those cities whose names would become a byword for perversion and unbridled wickedness. 3 . 7:14). The two Beasts of our chapter are in the end seen to be two devil-inspired men. The dragon is a name applied to Satan, only when the Old Testament description of the earthly world-power is transferred to him. - And now. Here we have the description of … The dragon gave the seat and the power and the authority to the first beast. For, the common supposition, that the ten horns here may belong to the fourth beast, is hardly tenable. A return is in some degree made to the simplicity of the fundamental passage in Jeremiah, where the lion, the wolf, and the panther, are also employed to represent the power of the world as a whole, and form, so to speak, a composite animal. Obedience in Authority. 2 Kings Chapter 13. The addition made to the words of the devil in the evangelist Luke (Luke 4:6), are remarkable: "All this power will I give thee and the glory of them; for that is delivered to me, and to whomsoever I will, I give it." We learn from Revelation 13:7 of this chapter, and from its fourfold division of ‘tribe and people and tongue and nation,’ that he actually does so. The throne of the dragon is, at the same time, the throne of the beast in ch. Jehoahaz ruled Samaria for seventeen (17) years and began in the twenty-third (23rd) year of King Joash’s reign in Judah. Three well known animals are mentioned here: each symbolic of swiftness, crushing power, eagerness to destroy. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. a 2 Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves. a 2 Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves. 1 Corinthians 13:2 - KJV. The satanic character and history of the empire covers the most interesting and solemn crisis in the world's future — the three years and a half preceding the Lord's Advent in glory. Matthew 2:13 is the thirteenth verse of the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. The subtlety of the serpent is expressed in the second Beast (v. 11). These have also been particularly referred to in Daniel: "The other beast was like a bear, and stood upon one side;" Hävernick: "It stood higher upon the one side than the other, manifestly the posture of assault." The victory they obtained notwithstanding, by the power of God, 2 Chronicles 13:15-20. Zechariah 13:2. In moral and political character the emperor was featured as a composite monster after the likenesses of the ferocious beasts of prey, the leopard, the bear and the lion. The word and thought are the same as in Isaiah 5:26; but there the summons lies for the invaders of Israel, here for its avengers.The voice that summons is, as the next verse shows, that of Jehovah. But by some this power is supposed to be that of heathen Rome, in which case the seven heads become the seven hills upon which Rome was built, or seven of its emperors. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 17:10 See KNOLLYS: Revelation 17:11. rending and tearing in pieces all that he takes for his prey. (11-15) It obliges all to worship its image, and receive its mark, as persons devoted to it. Various interpreters explain the whole of this vision by different ways. Satanic power from the abyss, Satan's own throne{*"Seat" read throne; also In Revelation 4:1-11 read thrones, not "seats." 1 sn This is a vague allusion to people described in scripture and extra-biblical literature and may include Abraham and Sarah (Gen 18:2-15), Lot (Gen 19:1-14), Gideon (Judg 6:11-18), Manoah (Judg 13:3-22), and possibly Tobit (Tob 12:1-20). Since the order, however, is reversed, no one can fail to see that nothing depends on it—that the object of the description is merely to portray the nature of the ungodly power of the world—that panther, lion, bear, equally belong to Egypt, Babylon, Rome. 13:2: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 2 Kings chapter 13 summary began with King Joash of Judah and King Jehoahaz of Samaria (Israel). 1. Those in nations and governments who persecute the church of Christ, receive their power and their motivation from the dragon, Satan. Need for Watchfulness. 13:3: Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. To the beast formed after this manner the dragon gives his power, and his throne, and great authority. The question as to the precise meaning of the first beast has perplexed inquirers, and very various opinions in regard to it have been entertained. The empire gathered up all the obnoxious qualities of Israel’s former oppressors: craft, lust of blood, and vicious energy. Compare Daniel 8:24. Love. It will hardly be denied that the seven heads must severally and individually bear a similar relation to the Church of God, for it is in relation to that Church that the beast is viewed; but no seven Emperors of Rome did so. ... Bible verse of the day And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory … [Note that the same Roman government could serve both God and Satan. . New Testament. 2 Corinthians 13:9 Context. Revelation 13:2. Those in nations and governments who persecute the church of Christ, receive their power and their motivation from the dragon, Satan. Genesis 13:13 "But the men of Sodom [were] wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." This wild beast in chapter 13 is also shown as having the seven heads and the ten horns. a. If we could be justified in taking into account the ten horns, we might think of it as an explanation of the arrangement adopted here, that now Daniel's fourth beast had come into the foreground, now the beast bore the woman, Rome, on its back—see ch. The remonstrance which Abijah made before the battle, setting forth the justice of his cause, 2 Chronicles 13:4-12. 2. Others add the idea of Papal to that of heathen Rome, in which case the seven heads become seven forms of Roman government—Kings, Consuls, Decemvirs, Tribunes, Dictators, Emperors, Popes: while others again understand by the seven heads seven kingdoms which, either in the Bible or in Christian history, oppress and persecute the Church of God,—the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, Roman, together with the Germanic-Sclavonic kingdoms by which the downfall of Rome was followed. Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain . Revelation 13:2. But this is an entirely groundless assumption. The dragon gave the beast his power, his seat, and great authority. q The authorities that exist have been established by God. [Note that the same Roman government could serve both God and Satan. Faith, hope, charity. Rev 13:2 - And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. These two last-mentioned powers are often named together in the Old Testament as enemies of God’s people, ‘I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria’ (Zechariah 10:10); ‘and it shall come to pass in that day, that they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem’ (Isaiah 27:13). The soul is divine, and can neither eat, see, smell, hear, … Seats suppose a private station in life, thrones a royal one.} There we are informed that five are fallen and ‘one is,’ i.e ‘is’ at the time when St. John lived and wrote. Olshausen observes: "The expression, ‘it is delivered to me,' contains a striking note of contrariety to the doctrine of an independent principle of evil; the prince of this world has received all from God, to whom alone belongs the glory as the eternal and universal Ruler." Similarly Jesus Christ receives these things from His Father. Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel…. As chapter 17 will make clear there is another wild beast, a scarlet beast (known elsewhere as the beast of the abyss), which, while encompassing Rome, signifies more than Rome. It only remains to add that the period referred to when the dragon gives his throne and authority to the Beast is the time and occasion when the Beast ascends out of the abyss (Revelation 17:8), consequent upon Satan's expulsion from Heaven. 1. from Ur to Haran (chapter 11, verse 31) 2. from Haran to the land of Canaan (chapter 12, verse 4) 3. from the land of Canaan to Egypt (chapter 12, verses 10-20 and chapter 13, verse 1)* 4. from Egypt to the Negev (chapter 13, verse 1) 5. from the Negev to Bethel (chapter 13, verse 3) Revelation 12:9): his vicegerent the beast must do the same. The ten crowns, or diadems, on the ten horns symbolized the royalty and rank that belonged to the ten kings of the tributary kingdoms, and the great universal power of the ten-kingdom empire. Chapter 13 1 And Abram came up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that was his, and Lot with him, to the south. The ten horns are not introduced here into the description of the beast's form, which only begins with this verse; and in Daniel the ten horns stand in so loose and outward a relation to the fourth beast, that they cannot be regarded as a distinguishing characteristic of it—the less so, since in the Revelation they are not ascribed to the sixth head, which corresponds to the fourth beast in Daniel, but are set upon the seventh head, so that the connexion, already of a loose nature in Daniel, is completely dissolved by John. The different phases also could not be denoted here by the particular animals entering into the composition of the beast, because John has enlarged the sphere; does not, like Daniel, begin with Babylon, the ungodly power in existence at the time the prophet lived, but goes back to Egypt; so that the bestial forms in Daniel were found insufficient for him, when he was going to apply them to the same purpose. The leopard represents Maximian, a changeable, restless and cruel prince. The numbers seven and ten must, as elsewhere, be regarded as symbolical, as expressing the idea of fulness or completeness rather than the mere value belonging to them in the numerical scale. Matthew 13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) Chapter 13. The orthography of the name should be the orthography of good authority and use. (Comp. ., connecting the empire with the dragon of 12 and stamping it as Satanic (cf. 1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam, Abijah became king of Judah, 2 and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. Leopard-bear-lion; symbolic of his savage and cruel character, which unites in itself the properties of the three first beasts of Daniel’s vision. Daniel 8:1-27; Daniel 11:1-45 imply, from it shall come Israel's Antichrist. (See Notes on Revelation 11:16 and Revelation 4:4.). In addition to the ten-crowned horns, upon the heads of the beast the name of blasphemy was inscribed. See Daniel 7:4, Daniel 7:5, Daniel 7:6, and esp. Not only is the sovereign power itself of God, but its abuse also is of him, when turned to lawless conquest or to the cruel persecution of the church, which requires to be chastised for her sins, exercised under the cross, perfected through sufferings, and prepared for her destiny. 1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. And though I have the gift of prophecy - See the note at 1 Corinthians 12:10; note at 1 Corinthians 14:1. We have thus six of the ‘heads,’—Egypt, Assyria, Chaldaea, Persia, Greece, Rome,—all of which had successively been opponents and persecutors of the Church of God. Satan as a serpent is archetype of beast nature (Revelation 12:9): his seven heads represent 'Satan's power on earth collectively' (Auberlen). Jeremiah 51:25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. 2 Thessalonians 2:9. authority. Significantly that earthly empire will know a cessation and a recommencement so that the final empire is not necessarily Rome although it was Rome in its commencement. These chiefs of the apostasies in the closing days are consigned alive to their eternal doom (Revelation 19:20). That was in chapter 12, verse 23, and then we see it repeated in chapter 13, verse one, “He knew that His hour had come.” Then, if you jump ahead, to chapter 17, and verse one, “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.” Several have sought to explain the fact of John's confining himself to the three first beasts, on the supposition, that even in Daniel the fourth beast is composed of the peculiar features of the three first; so that the beast in John would thus be an exact image of the fourth beast in Daniel. We see Rome symbolized in the “seven heads and ten horns.” Yet read what Paul says in Romans 13:1-7.]. 13:4 In Daniel’s vision (Daniel 7:4) the kingdoms were described: the first, like a lion; the second, like a bear; the third, like a leopard or panther. The dragon, therefore, was personified in the emperor of the Roman empire. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. Inferno, i. which is the strongest and most devouring beast of prey. Verse 13. Click the verse number to read commentary, definitions, meanings, and notesfor that particular 2-kings 13 verse. And the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. Antichrist will derive his power and position from Satan (cf. chapter 1 chapter 2 chapter 3 chapter 4 chapter 5 chapter 6 chapter 7 chapter 8 chapter 9 chapter 10 chapter 11 chapter 12 chapter 13. verse: verse 1 verse 2 verse 3 verse 4 verse 5 verse 6 verse 7 verse 8 verse 9 verse 10 verse 11 verse 12 verse 13 verse 14. III. (2) Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain . The Parable of the Sower. The Beast, in whom are combined the distinguishing features and characteristics of its predecessors, as well as their sovereignty, is thus a fitting instrument through which the dragon can work. App-172.1; Revelation 176:1. Revelation 12:3. The orthography of the name should be the orthography of good authority and use. The power is the natural power, consisting in the great number of retainers, fulness of earthly resources, and such like; the throne is worldly supremacy; and the authority is its assumed right to command whatever it might please. The ‘beast’ before us is thus the symbol of the world-power in its absoluteness and universality. Revelation 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. The Roman See--in Latin, a seat of power and authority-- was derived from the dragon, who gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. BG 13.2: The Supreme Divine Lord said: O Arjun, this body is termed as kṣhetra (the field of activities), … Commentary: Here, Shree Krishna begins explaining the topic of distinction between the body and spirit. Its source will not he recognized by the peoples at the outset. This is a fitting description of Nero Caesar, in whom "the Neronic anti-Christ was incarnated," who assumed divine names and prerogatives, and commanded the worship of the emperor. The panther cannot, as Vitringa supposes, denote "nations of different languages and manners," on account of its spotted appearance; nor can it, as Bossuet conceives, be "the symbol of instability;" for everywhere in Scripture, when the panther is spoken of, respect is had only to its terrible and savage energy—see Habakkuk 1:8; Hosea 13:7; Isaiah 11:6. 1. The distress which Judah was brought into by the policy of Jeroboam, 2 Chronicles 13:13,14. Leopard ... bear ... lion. where there were no trees to hide the standard round which the forces that the prophet sees were to rally. (Calmet) --- The whole of this is by Pastorini applied to the empire of Rome, which was composed of the territories of the three preceding empires, which are represented by Daniel under the figure of these animals. There is no allusion to "the eternal city." At the sound of their battle cry, God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. And the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. Both beasts look back to the same source and there is a continuity in them based on their connection with Satan. The Explanation of the Sower (13:18-23) 4. дракон См. 2. 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, p for there is no authority except that which God has established. Revelation 13:2. The fourth kingdom that Daniel described ( Daniel 7:23) includes Antichrist"s kingdom. In this verse an angel warns Joseph that he must flee. * 1 As he was making his way out of the temple area one of his disciples said to him, “Look, teacher, what stones and what buildings!” a 2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? (Haydock). Not the smallest trace is to be found in Daniel of the fourth beast having been compounded of the three first. Chapter Contents. [Note: Newell, p184.]. CHAPTER 13. Royal position is in view in both passages. At the close of this period, the seventieth week of Daniel, the Beast and his coadjutor in evil go "into perdition," i.e., the lake of fire. Leviticus Rainbow Missions, Inc., Rainbow Missions, Inc.; revision of the American Standard Version of 1901, Ed. IV. ‘And the wild beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth was as the mouth of a lion, and the monster gave him his power, and his throne and great authority.’. Chapter Context Second Corinthians 13 follows Paul's listing of two sets of sins he is concerned he will find among the Corinthians when he arrives. And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! .--Strictly speaking, a bare mountain. If ye try your own selves ye will see that Christ is in you (Romans 8:10). The being from the abyss (Revelation 17:8); the "another". There are some distinctive characteristics between a leopard, bear and lion, but they all have in common that of fierce destructiveness. But the name of Mohammed, in the Greek form, as. The wild beast becomes the vicegerent, so to speak, of the prince of this world. 3. Exodus 13:8 "And thou shalt show thy son in that day, saying, [This is done] because of that [which] the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt." This passage begins with a series of statements applying Christian principles to daily life, then transitions into a short-hand summary of the letter's major points. Submission to Governing Authorities. In Septuagint it occurs Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 13:23. And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? . The "now" is not temporal (as opposed to the "then" of the previous verse), but logical. in the midst of a God-defying scene, and unlimited authority on the earth make up the awful picture here presented. It could not, indeed, have been put in this form: Satan gave him. The magi have left after paying homage to the young Jesus. The form of the beast here is compounded of the different beasts in Daniel; quite naturally so, since the beast here images the ungodly power of the world as a whole, while in Daniel the different phases of this power are represented. (16-18) Commentary on Revelation 13:1-10 (Read Revelation 13:1-10) His mother’s name was Maakah, # 13:2 Most Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also 11:20 and 1 Kings 15:2); Hebrew Micaiah a daughter # 13:2 Or granddaughter of Uriel of Gibeah. . It had not yet arisen: but St. John saw that the wicked Roman Empire was tottering to its fall, and that it would be dissolved in other and final world-powers represented in their totality by the number ten. This can be no other than the Roman power; and, counting backwards from it, we have the Greek, the Medo-Persian, and the Chaldean for three of the five. Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. 13 Now Jeroboam had sent troops around to the rear, so that while he was in front of Judah the ambush was behind them. So the wild beast primarily represents the bestial nature of earthly empire, summing up in itself all past empires. 3 [] And he spoke to them at length in parables, [] saying: “A sower went out to sow. The objects represented by the heads of the beast must be kingdoms, not personal kings like the Emperors of Rome. 1. There is indeed an almost general agreement that it is a symbol of worldly anti-christian power. 33 He told them another parable, 'The kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.'. then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil;"on which Hitzig remarks: "the swarthy complexion of the Ethiopian, and the spots of the panther, are the emblems of sinfulness, and of blemishes of a moral kind." - And ye be burdened; literally, for not that there may be relief to others, but to you affliction. 5. The third kingdom, the leopard (Daniel 7:4-6), here first, including the former two, the bear and lion in reverse order, was the parent of Antiochus' blasphemy. A remarkable coincidence exists between these words and what is written both in the gospel of St John and the earlier gospels. 6. The wild beast from the abyss in chapter 17 has the same. But the ten kings and the beast are not limited to Rome. But, if so, chap. א וַיַּ֩עַל֩ אַבְרָ֨ם מִמִּצְרַ֜יִם ה֠וּא וְאִשְׁתּ֧וֹ וְכָל־אֲשֶׁר־ל֛וֹ וְל֥וֹט עִמּ֖וֹ הַנֶּֽגְבָּה: It is to be remembered, too, that the description given us of the power of the beast is a mocking caricature of the power of Christ, and His rule is universal. They might represent the power of Rome, but that is not enough to meet the necessities of the case with which we deal. The dragon gave him great power, and his seat and his authority--13:2. These are personal divisions and sexual immorality. Isaiah 10:32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 20:2 The throne of the beast, is the kingdom of the world, especially the ten crowned kingdoms before mentioned, whereof Great Britain is first, and shall be the last. 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