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Beast from the Sea

SYNOPSIS  -  The Dragon began his war on the “seed of the woman” by summoning his “seed,” the beast from the sea  –  Revelation 13:1-5 . At the end of chapter 12 the “ Dragon ” was poised to launch his “ war ” on the “ seed of the woman ,” as he stood on the seashore to summon his own “ seed ,” beginning with the “ beast from the sea. ” Having failed to destroy the “ son ” and the “ woman clothed with the sun ,” and enraged, he set out to annihilate the “ seed of the woman ,” the men and women who have the “ testimony of Jesus .” - [ Photo by  Ryan Loughlin  on Unsplash ].

Ancient Serpent

SYNOPSIS  -  The “beast from the sea” is the latest incarnation of an ancient creature that has been stalking the "seed of the woman" since the fall of Adam .  In the  book of Revelation , the “ Dragon, that Ancient Serpent ” was poised to make “ war ” on the “ seed of the woman .” Satan was standing on the seashore, summoning his “ seed ” from the sea to execute his “ war ” - The “ beast from the sea ” and the “ beast from the earth .” His intended victim was the “ seed of the woman ,” a group composed of men and women that had the “ testimony of Jesus ” -  ( Revelation 12:1-17 ). [ Photo by  David Clode  on Unsplash ].

Mercy is NOT Optional

OVERVIEW – Acts of mercy and love are the defining characteristics of the true disciple of Jesus and reflections of the nature of God – Matthew 5:43-48 .  We are easily confused and even overwhelmed by the exhortation of Jesus for his disciples to be “ perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect .” We assume that “ perfect ” refers to some standard of righteousness that is impossible for any man or woman to achieve. How can anyone ever hope to emulate the perfect righteousness of God? Fortunately, Jesus told us exactly how we become “ perfect ” and emulate our “ heavenly Father .” - [ Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash ].

Short Season

OVERVIEW  -  The Devil will be granted a final “short season” to persecute the saints of the Lamb  -  Revelation 12:7-12 .  When Satan is expelled from heaven, a “ great voice ” warns the “ earth and the sea ” that the Devil has arrived and is enraged, because he knows he has only a “ short season ” remaining to inflict harm on the people of God. First, he attempts to vent his rage by persecuting the “ woman ” who gave birth to the messianic “ son ,” but he is thwarted from destroying her. Next,  enraged further, he launches his “ war ” to destroy the “ remnant of her seed ” - Those who have the “ testimony of Jesus .” - [ Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash ].

Seed of the Woman

SYNOPSIS  –  The “Dragon” set off to wage war on the “seed of the woman,” those who have the “testimony of Jesus”  -  Revelation 12:17 .  Having been expelled from heaven, the “ Dragon ” pursued the “ woman .” However, his effort to destroy her was thwarted with help from the “ earth .” Enraged, he went off to wage war against the “ remnant of her seed ,” A group identified as those who “ keep the commandments  of God and  have the testimony of Jesus .” The two descriptions provide verbal links to other passages in  Revelation . - [ Stone Column - Photo by  Photoholgic  on Unsplash ].

Shepherd of the Nations

SYNOPSIS  –  Jesus is the promised ruler from the line of David, the Shepherd of ALL nations  –  Revelation 12:5 .  The woman “ clothed with the sun ” gave birth to a “ son .” The passage leaves no doubt about his identity. He is the promised Messiah destined to “ shepherd the nations .” Following his enthronement, heaven declared victory - “ Now is come the kingdom of God and the authority of His Christ .” His triumph over the “ Dragon ” means he now rules over   the “ whole habitable earth ” to “ shepherd ” the nations to “ New Jerusalem .” The “ city ” will be inhabited by an “ innumerable multitude ” redeemed from  EVERY  nation. - [ Shepherd - Photo by Pawan Sharma on Unsplash ].