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Unholy Trinity
(Revelation 13.8-9)
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"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. He who has an ear, let him hear." (Revelation 13.8-9)✞

Three Evil Beasts

Three Faces of the Unholy TrinityThe term "Trinity" came from "triad" or "threefold" and defined God as three persons together. It was also used to describe the "unholy trinity" of the three evil beasts in Revelation. The inhabitants of the earth were forced to worship the Beast. The dragon's two evil accomplices were introduced as "the beast out of the sea" and "the beast out of the earth." The power given to the unholy trinity would be limited to a short time by God and even then God would still be in control. "The Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world" may be translated as "written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain".✞

Opposition

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. They were in essence "three persons in one God" and though distinct from one another were of one substance. This Trinitarian relationship was 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

Spiritual GrowthThe times of great persecution that John saw under this unholy trinity would provide an opportunity for believers to exercise patient endurance and faithfulness. Tough times that Christians face are also opportunities for spiritual growth. The beast had 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 AD and died from a self-inflicted stab wound in the throat, hence the significance of the fatal wound!

"Unholy Trinity"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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