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The Ancient Beast

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History repeats. Its landscape is littered with efforts by tyrants and empires to dominate large populations if not the entire planet. An aggressor may experience success for a time, but so far, every self-appointed global leader has floundered in the end. The empires of Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander, and Caesar have all collapsed and been assigned to History’s dustbin. This raises the question, Why ?

The Beast Goes to War

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The Book of Revelation uses “ war ” and related terms to illustrate Satan’s attacks against the followers of the “ Lamb .” The Book shows little to no 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 Church of Jesus Christ.

The Dragon's War

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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 very 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 war against any nation that resists his will.

The Peresecuting Beast

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The Book of Revelation graphically portrays the cosmic conflict between Satan and Jesus, one that plays out in the daily struggles of the “ Seven Assemblies of Asia .” On Earth, the agents of the “ Dragon ” execute his attacks on the Church, 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 persecution.