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The Beast Goes to War

The Book of Revelation uses “war” and related terms to illustrate Satan’s attacks against the followers of the “ Lamb .” The Book shows little, if any, interest in conventional or nuclear warfare between nation-states. Instead, the “ Dragon ” strives mightily to annihilate the saints before his allotted time expires. To do so, he employs deception, compromise, and on occasion, outright persecution. The target of his hostility is the Assembly of Jesus Christ.

The Dragon's War

At times, there may be so many “trees” that we fail to see the “forest,” details that distract us from seeing the obvious. This is often the case when dealing with the visions of the Book of Revelation . According to its first verse, it is intended to “ reveal what things must come to pass ,” not to conceal them. An example is the “ war ” waged by the “ Great Red Dragon .” Too often in popular preaching, his earthly agent, the “ Beast from the Sea ,” becomes a global political leader who wages conventional and even nuclear war against any nation that resists his will.

The Peresecuting Beast

The Book of Revelation graphically portrays the ongoing cosmic conflict between Satan and Jesus that manifests itself in the daily struggles of the “ Seven Assemblies of Asia .” On Earth, the agents of the “ Dragon ” execute his attacks on the people of God, especially the “ Beast from the Sea ,” the “ False Prophet ,” and “ Babylon, the Great Whore .” This “ war ” is waged by the Devil with deception and compromise even more so than outright persecution and violence.