Revelation 13:6-9

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Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Introduction

Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

That is our last verse in today’s study, but we will deal with it first because this is the verse which will help us to understand the entire revelation of Jesus Christ, and it will especially help us to understand verse seven of today’s study.
The phrase “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” is repeated seven times in Revelation two and three. The phrase “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear” is found eight times in the four gospels.
Christ tells us plainly that the multitudes who come to him and hear His Words are not given “ears to hear or eyes that see” in Mat 13.

Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

“To them it is not given… to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God… neither do they understand”. So it is clear that “If any man have an ear let Him hear” is telling us that only those “few… chosen” will understand what we are studying today, and only those “few… chosen” will be able to understand how it is possible for it to be given unto this beast to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and how it is possible for this beast to be “given power… over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations”, and to understand how it is possible that “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, yet still be called saints whose names are “written in the book of life of the Lamb…”

Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

This is the “war in heaven” we covered in the seventh verse of the previous chapter. Who is it that stands with and for God’s name? What is God’s tabernacle? Who is it that “dwells in heaven”? We bear God’s name, are His tabernacle and are seated with Christ in the heavens.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Eph 2:6  So that we came back from death with him, and are seated with him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus;(BBE)

But before we are “seated with Christ in the heavens” we are all this beast, blaspheming God, His name, his tabernacle and those that dwell in heaven.

Rom 2:24  For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

Remember we are “standing on the sand of the sea” when we first come to see and recognize who is this beast. It is while we are here on the sand of the sea, “while we are yet sinners”(Eph 2:1) and while we are still in Babylon (Rev 18:4), while the “man of sin” is still “sitting in the temple of God saying that he is God” that we come to see that this beast is the “man who built his house upon the sand”. Both the sand and the sea are unstable and tumultuous.

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Last week we saw that the life of the apostle Paul was a life of “blaspheming God, God’s name, God’s tabernacle and those that dwell in heaven”. It was the apostle Paul, as Saul of Tarsus, who supervised the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. We saw that all of this was accomplished while Saul of Tarsus thought he was doing God a service. Saul of Tarsus was struck down on the road to Damascus, where he thought he was building on the rock, when in reality he was building his house on the unstable and tumultuous “sand of the sea”. What were all of these things Saul of Tarsus was doing before he repented and became Paul the apostle?

1Ti 1:13  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

“All things are ours”. We all blaspheme God “in ignorance and unbelief”, thinking we do God a service, while we are defending the doctrines of Babylon. But we never realize that in reality we are ignorant, and we certainly are not thinking of ourselves as unbelievers. None of us tell ourselves we are blaspheming God deliberately. Like Saul of Tarsus we do so ignorantly, and like Paul we are all first Saul of Tarsus, this beast blaspheming God, His name, His tabernacle and them that dwell in heaven”.

Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

This verse was once impossible for me to understand. How is it possible that we can be overcomers if it is given to this beast to “overcome the saints”? As is always the case, “the natural man cannot receive the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him”.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The question that occurs to any logical mind is, ‘How is it possible for the beast to ” overcome the saints, and be given power over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations, and be given the power to have all that dwell upon the earth to worship him”, if there is anyone “whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”? Are not the names of the saints written in that book? If the names of the saints are written in the book of the life of the Lamb, then how is it possible to say “they are overcome by the beast”, and how is it possible to say that power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations, and all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”? Do not the saints “dwell on the earth”?’

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mar 4:28  For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

It is obvious that we all “dwell on the earth” before we are “seated in the heavens” (Eph 2:6). So how is any of this even possible? There is only one way that any of this can possibly be understood by “any man that has an ear”, and that is to acknowledge the spiritual truth of these four verses:

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man[ kind] shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 
1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22  Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Remember that this beast is a combination of everything Daniel saw in four different beasts in Dan 7. It is also a beast that “comes up out of the sea”, just as the beasts of Daniel seven did. This one beast here in Rev 13 is a composite of those same four beasts of Dan 7. Let’s review that and ask that God will give us “an ear that hears”, because that statement, “If any man has and ear, let him hear”, tells us that what has just been said is impossible for the natural man to “read, hear or keep” (1Co 2:13-14 and Rev 1:3)

Dan 7:2  Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
Dan 7:3  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
Dan 7:4  The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
Dan 7:5  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
Dan 7:6  After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Dan 7:7  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Compare these four beasts of Dan 7, one of which has four heads and one of which has ten horns, with the one single beast we see in Rev 13.

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
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.

In Daniel, our understanding is limited and appears to be speaking of four separate and successive nations. Under these conditions Daniel is told:

Dan 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

When is “the time of the end”?

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [ Greek – tupos, types of us]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

The ends of the ages are come upon us, and so we are now told this concerning this revelation of Jesus Christ:

Rev 22:10  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

Here in this revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to John, we have the same “seven heads and ten horns” on the same four beasts, but while they seem so disconnected in Daniel, here in the revelation of Jesus Christ, we see that all of those four beasts of Dan 7 are really just the type and shadow of the spiritual reality which we see here in Rev 13.
These beasts are four merely as the symbols for all, or for the whole of mankind. The number “four”, as we have seen, is the scriptural symbol for the whole of whatever is under consideration.

Jer 49:36  And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
Isa 11:12  And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The number ‘four’ symbolizes the whole of whatever is under consideration. In this case, it is “four beasts”, or the whole of mankind,  or all who are in Adam, and here we see that all of that is to be found spiritually within one composite beast.

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Eze 34:8  As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

“The shepherd fed themselves… and my flock became meat to every beast of the field” proves that the evil and wicked shepherds of God’s flock are “every beast of the field”. The destruction of God’s people by beasts is nothing less than their destruction at the hands of their own rapacious shepherds and ministers who “spare not the flock” (Act 20:29).
Since we are told that we must “keep the things written therein” (Rev 1:3), it becomes clear that these same four beasts in Dan 7 and in Rev 13 are the symbol of us while we are yet “in Adam”, and we see that all that is in Adam is really in us because we are all “beasts of the field” before we become God’s saints whose names are “written in the book of the life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world” and whose names are not “blotted out of the book of life”.
But whose names are written in the book of the life of the Lamb, and whose names are blotted out? Here is the Biblical answer to those questions:

Exo 32:30  And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people [ who had just made the golden calf], Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.
Exo 32:31  And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Exo 32:32  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
Exo 32:33  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
Exo 32:34  Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.
Exo 32:35 And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

What are we to make of all of this? Who has not “sinned against God? The answer is:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Since “all have sinned” and since God will “Blot out of His book whosoever has sinned against Him”, it is obvious that all men are first in God’s book, are then blotted out due to their sins which God “makes them ” to commit, and then He visits us all, judges our sins in His wrath and places our names in the book of the life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world? That is the doctrine of all of scripture and that is the doctrine of “the sum of God’s Word” (Psa 119:160).

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Nevertheless, even after we have “sinned against God”, here is what eventually happens to all who have “sinned against God”:

Jer 33:8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

“Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book”. It should be clear from this verse that all men will be saved in the end, because all men are apparently “written in God’s book… from the foundation of the world”, and “whosoever has sinned against God is blotted out, and in the day when He visits He will visit their sin upon them” in the lake of fire, and He will “cleanse them from all their iniquity”.

So these words of King David really are true:

Psa 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

What does this all demonstrate? Here is what is proven by God telling Moses that He will blot out of His book “Whosoever has sinned against me”. It is the same four verses we keep repeating over and over to remind us that this revelation of Jesus Christ is as much a revelation of Christ in us as it is of Christ Himself, because we are “Jesus of Nazareth” according to the Words of Jesus of Nazareth.

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man[ kind] shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

“Blessed is he that reads… hears, and keeps the things written therein” includes the words of today’s study as well as “every word… of the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Rev 22:7). “Things present and things to come… all are yours” certainly includes this composite beast we have before us here in Rev 13. We in Adam are mankind, and therefore we are this beast with seven heads and ten horns. The reason the fourth beast is not described as any particular beast on earth in Daniel, is because, as it is not revealed until here in Revelation, that fourth beast is us as the son of “our father the devil, the great red dragon”, who also has “seven heads and ten horns”. This connection was not revealed to Daniel, but it is revealed to us here in the revelation of Jesus Christ, within us.

Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

As Joseph has instructed us, these visions in Dan 2 and Dan 7, and now here in Rev 13, are all one and the same vision, and the Lord is “showing us what He is about to do” in our lives, just as he showed Pharaoh.

Gen 41:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:
Gen 41:18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
Gen 41:19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:
Gen 41:20 And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:
Gen 41:21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they [ were] still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
Gen 41:22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:
Gen 41:23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, [ and] blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:
Gen 41:24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told [ this] unto the magicians; but [ there was] none that could declare [ it] to me.
Gen 41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [ it] by his angel unto his servant John:
Rev 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Truly the book of Genesis is hidden in the book of Revelation, and the book of Revelation is revealed in the book of Genesis. It would be just as true to say that the book of Genesis is revealed in the book of Revelation, and the book of Revelation is hidden in the book of Genesis.

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

What is “the book of life of the Lamb?”

Why is this not simply called “the book of life”? There is a very good reason why we are discussing “the book of life of the Lamb” instead of simply “the book of life.

(EDT) And will worship him all those dwelling on the earth, of which not has been written the name in the scroll of the life of the lamb of that having been killed, from a casting down of a world.
(YLT) And bow before it shall all who are dwelling upon the land, whose names have not been written in the scroll of the life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world;

Both the Emphatic Diaglott and Young’s literal translation call this “the scroll of the life of the Lamb…” In other words, this is the scroll or the book which details the life of the Lamb and the life of all who are in the Lamb. This is the revealing of the life of Jesus Christ and the revelation of Jesus Christ in the lives of all who “read, hear and keep the things which are written therein”.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Rev 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Exactly who was “slain from the foundation of the world”? Is not that a crucial part of “the life of the Lamb”? Well, of course Christ was slain from the foundation of the world. But was Christ’s Christ, who He has sent as His Father sent Him; were they also slain from the foundation of the world?
First let’s just ask if we are really “slain” as Christ was slain? What do the scriptures teach us? Here is how we are told to view ourselves, and our lives:

Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Those are but a few of the verses of God’s Word which tell us that we are to count ourselves as dead to this world, and alive in the spirit to God. But when were we “crucified with Christ” as far as God is concerned? Here is when that was done:

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

There it is in 2Ti 1:9: We were “in Christ Jesus before the wold began”. If that is true, then we too, were “slain before the foundation of the world… in Christ Jesus”. So the truth is this verse is again confirmed to be true:

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Summary

In summary we must remember that this is all leading up to the revealing of what is the seventh trumpet, and what is the day of God’s wrath against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness in our lives. All of the first six trumpets are followed immediately by the revelation of exactly what are the details of each of those first six trumpets. But this seventh trumpet, while first alluded to in Rev 10:7, and while we are told that the seventh angel sounds his trumpet in chapter 11, the revelation of what this seventh trumpet is will not be revealed until chapter 16, where we are finally given the details of what is the effect of God’s wrath upon all of our sins in our lives.
In today’s study, as part of this long introduction to the detail of this seventh trumpet, we first saw that “he that hath an ear” is just Biblical, spiritual language for those “few chosen” who have been granted eyes that see and ears that hear “the mysteries of the kingdom of God”. “He that hath an ear” are the few who are blessed to be given to understand this revelation of Jesus Christ and to understand that this revelation of Jesus Christ is to be read, heard and kept by all who are “the Christ… the sent” of Christ and who are given to “keep the things which are written therein”.
We have seen that the beast who opens his mouth in blasphemy against God, His name and His tabernacle is first all of us, for this one simple reason which is contained in these four verses:

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man[ kind] shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

We also saw that because of the truth of these four verses, it is absolutely essential and it is incumbent upon us to recognize that while we blaspheme God, His name, His tabernacle and them that dwell in heaven, that it must also be equally essential and incumbent upon us to recognize that we must be the ones who bear God’s name, by the way we live our lives in this world; that we are the temple of God, and that it is we who dwell in the heavens.

Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

We have seen that it is we who first make war with the saints, and we first must overcome them, just as Saul of Tarsus first “persecuted the church” and was himself first “a blasphemer”. We saw that the we are first given complete power to rule over all the kindreds, tongues and nations which, as all the beasts which represent all the nations of Dan 7, all just typify our flesh, which causes us to worship the dragon, who gives us our power by simply serving our flesh. Obedience to our true father is the worship both Christ and the devil really want, and obedience to the flesh is what is meant by the statement “the man of sin sitting in the temple of God showing himself that he is God”

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

But once again, because “all thing are ours”, we are made to understand that after we have come to see ourselves as this beast and the man of sin, that we then must recognize that we must also become those saints against whom our beast was waging war, and we must acknowledge that we must live by every one of these words of God and do all these things.

Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Finally, we have seen that we first worship the beast and “sin against our God”, causing our names to be blotted out of God’s book of the life of the Lamb.

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

But then we saw that our names are reinstated and “written in the book of the life of the lamb”. Having our name reinstated is accomplished only when we are caused by God to repent and watch as God, “through righteousness” and obedience, takes us back to himself after having blotted our name out of His book because of our sins against Him.

Exo 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

We saw that this is an all- inclusive indictment against all men because “all have sinned.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

We saw that since “all have sinned” and since God will “blot out of His book whosoever has sinned against Him”, it is obvious that all men are first in God’s book, are then blotted out due to their sins, which God “makes them ” to commit, and then He visits us all, judges our sins in His wrath and places our names back into the book of the life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.
We have seen that this is accomplished only by Christ living His life in us, and living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God and living in us “the book of the life of the Lamb”, which Lamb we are in Christ.

We have demonstrated with the scriptures that this is the doctrine of all of scripture, and that this is the doctrine of “the sum of God’s Word” (Psa 119:160), as it is so stated in Isa 63…

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return [ back into “the book of life”] for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

… and in Jer 33, even after we have all “sinned against God”, here is what eventually happens to all.

Jer 33:8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

This simply complements, and does not contradict, what God told Moses in Exodus:

Exo 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

In our next study we will cover these verses of Rev 13:

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 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.
Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

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