Revelation 13: 2-10

2 The beast I saw was like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion.  *To it the dragon gave its own power and throne, along with great authority.
* satan, the prince of this world (⇒ John 12:31), commissioned the beast to persecute the Church (⇒ Rev 13:5-7).

3 I saw that one of its heads seemed to have been mortally wounded, but this mortal wound was healed.  Fascinated, the whole world followed after the beast.

4 They worshiped the dragon because it gave its authority to the beast; they also worshiped the beast * and said, “Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it?”
*Worshiped the beast: allusion to emperor worship, which Domitian insisted upon and ruthlessly enforced. Who can compare with the beast: perhaps a deliberate parody of the name Michael; see the note on ⇒ Rev 12:7.

5  The beast was given a mouth uttering proud boasts and blasphemies*, and it was given authority to act for forty-two months**.
* Some emperors demanded that they be called by divine titles such as “our lord and god” and “Jupiter.” See the note on ⇒ Rev 11:2.
**Forty-two months: this is the same duration as the profanation of the holy city (⇒ Rev 11:2), the prophetic mission of the two witnesses (⇒ Rev 11:3), and the retreat of the woman into the desert (⇒ Rev 12:6, ⇒ 14).

6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His name and His dwelling and those who dwell in heaven.

7 It was also allowed to wage war against the holy ones and conquer them, and it was granted authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation.

8 All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain.

9 Whoever has ears ought to hear these words.

10 Anyone destined for captivity goes into captivity. Anyone destined to be slain by the sword shall be slain by the sword. Such is the faithful endurance of the holy ones.

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