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Revelation Unholy Trinity (Revelation 13.8-9)

"All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world [or written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain]. He who has an ear, let him hear." (Revelation 13.8-9)✞

Three Evil Beasts

Three Faces of the Unholy TrinityThe inhabitants of the earth are forced to worship the Beast. The dragon's two evil accomplices are introduced as "the beast out of the sea and the beast out of the earth." The power given to the unholy trinity will be limited to a short time by God and even then God will still be in control.✞

Opposition to the Holy Trinity

Together, the three evil beasts form the Revelation unholy trinity in direct opposition to the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The term "Trinity" comes from "triad" or "threefold" and defines God as three persons together. They are in essence "three persons in one God" and though distinct from one another are of one substance. This Trinitarian relationship is clear seen in Jesus' command to his disciples in Matthew 28.19 to baptize, "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Patient Endurance and Faithfulness

Spiritual GrowthThe times of great persecution that John saw under this unholy trinity will provide an opportunity for believers to exercise patient endurance and faithfulness. Tough times that Christians face are also opportunities for spiritual growth. The beast has a fatal wound which some early Christians believed indicated that this was Nero the Roman Emperor from 37-68 AD who had come back to life. He was extremely cruel and persecuted Christians and the Christian Church relentlessly. He was responsible for the deaths and martyrdom of many thousands of innocent people. Nero committed suicide in the 9th June 68 A.D. and died from a self-inflicted stab wound in the throat, hence the significance of the fatal wound.

"Revelation Unholy Trinity"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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