The dragon is a name applied to Satan, only when the Old Testament description of the earthly world-power is transferred to him. But didn’t you drive out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests … Chapter Contents. Two such examples are obvious: 1) the case of Daniel in Daniel Chapter 6 when he was told not to pray; 2) the case of the early Christians in Acts 5 when they were told by the religious authorities not to preach. Daniel only so far differs from Jeremiah, that in his representation of the earthly powers, that should desolate the people of God, by means of wild beasts, he substitutes the bear for the wolf. Verse 13. The word and thought are the same as in Isaiah 5:26; but there the summons lies for the invaders of Israel, here for its avengers.The voice that summons is, as the next verse shows, that of Jehovah. So the wild beast primarily represents the bestial nature of earthly empire, summing up in itself all past empires. The three animals, the leopard, the bear, and the lion, some of whose parts it possessed, are the first three ‘great beasts’ of Daniel 7:4-6, although they are here introduced in a different order, and are combined into one. Several have sought to explain the fact of John's confining himself to the three first beasts, on the supposition, that even in Daniel the fourth beast is composed of the peculiar features of the three first; so that the beast in John would thus be an exact image of the fourth beast in Daniel. There are some distinctive characteristics between a leopard, bear and lion, but they all have in common that of ï¬erce destructiveness. That was in chapter 12, verse 23, and then we see it repeated in chapter 13, verse one, “He knew that His hour had come.” Then, if you jump ahead, to chapter 17, and verse one, “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.” 17; and the following remarks may be made:—. (11-15) It obliges all to worship its image, and receive its mark, as persons devoted to it. a 2 Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves. 13:2: He reigned three years in Jerusalem.His mother's name also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. The empire gathered up all the obnoxious qualities of Israel’s former oppressors: craft, lust of blood, and vicious energy. Daniel 8:1-27; Daniel 11:1-45 imply, from it shall come Israel's Antichrist. - And ye be burdened; literally, for not that there may be relief to others, but to you affliction. Lift you up a banner on the high mountain, exalt the voice to them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. And great authority.âIt is through this succession of world-powers that the dragon carries on his war. Out of the 300,000 that went with him to fight the Ammonites, and returned with him to Gilgal, where he now was, and had stayed as may be supposed about a year, since now he had reigned two years. The gates of the nobles.--The word is used to heighten the contrast between the greatness of the city to be destroyed, with its gates that had witnessed for centuries the entrance of kings and princes, and the wild roughness of the barbarian destroyers. Seats suppose a private station in life, thrones a royal one.} Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thy selfe, I pray thee, from mee: if thou wilt take the left … The beast is vicar of Satan, who similarly has seven heads and ten horns: implying his universal power in all ages. The dragon gave him great power, and his seat and his authority--13:2. The orthography of the name should be the orthography of good authority and use. 1 This third time I am coming[ a] to you. 13 Now Jeroboam had sent troops around to the rear, so that while he was in front of Judah the ambush was behind them. John 13 - In-depth verse-by-verse Bible study and commentary of John chapter 13 in plain English. The point is of great importance, especially for the interpretation of chap. Revelation 17:11. Ð¸ Ð´Ð°Ð» ÐµÐ¼Ñ Ð´ÑÐ°ÐºÐ¾Ð½ ÑÐ¸Ð»Ñ ÑÐ²Ð¾Ñ, The dragon gave him his power-seat-authority, Daniel, these animals represented three kingdoms that previously ruled the world. The dragon gave the beast his own power. 13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. * 1 Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God. And the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. Only here. If ye try your own selves ye will see that Christ is in you (Romans 8:10). Thus it represents the world-power (represented by four) of all times and places, as opposed to God: just as the woman is the Church of all ages. CHAPTER 13. In other words, I have no wish that you should distress yourselves to set others at ease. [Note that the same Roman government could serve both God and Satan. Antichrist will derive his power and position from Satan (cf. And as the body of the beast was like to a leopard, the centre and capital of the Roman empire, under antichrist will be the Grecian empire, denoted by the leopard, of which Constantinople became the capital. The third kingdom, the leopard (Daniel 7:4-6), here first, including the former two, the bear and lion in reverse order, was the parent of Antiochus' blasphemy. power. The ten crowns, or diadems, on the ten horns symbolized the royalty and rank that belonged to the ten kings of the tributary kingdoms, and the great universal power of the ten-kingdom empire. Submission to Governing Authorities. The numbers seven and ten must, as elsewhere, be regarded as symbolical, as expressing the idea of fulness or completeness rather than the mere value belonging to them in the numerical scale. “When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I … - And now. A remarkable coincidence exists between these words and what is written both in the gospel of St John and the earlier gospels. Faith, hope, charity. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard -, And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority -, And his feet were as the feet of a bear -. 14 Judah turned and saw that they were being attacked at both front and rear. In the case of all the three beasts, we have only to take into consideration their property as creatures of a savage and blood-thirsty disposition. (2) Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain . And the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. him. It was repeated because it was important. The victory they obtained notwithstanding, by the power of God, 2 Chronicles 13:15-20. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 17:10 See KNOLLYS: Revelation 17:11. rending and tearing in pieces all that he takes for his prey. The description of the ‘beast’ is continued. 12 rules it all, and not merely a part of it (chap. (1-10) Another beast, which has two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. Revelation 17:10 to be seven ‘kings,’ Apart from this it may be observed that no seven Emperors of Rome can be a fitting representation of the whole world-power. And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? Satan has always been interested in supporting any institution that is an enemy of God. 1; 12:9. 2 Timothy 1:13, ESV: "Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus." The qualities represented are the most offensive of their kind, the swift cruel spring of the leopard, the brutish relentlessness of the bear, and the devouring power of the lion. NETBible: And also on that day,” says the Lord who rules over all, “I will remove 1 the names of the idols from the land and they will never again be remembered. (Calmet) --- The whole of this is by Pastorini applied to the empire of Rome, which was composed of the territories of the three preceding empires, which are represented by Daniel under the figure of these animals. The lion, in fine, is the symbol of Dioclesian, who was cruel and vehement against Christians. ( A) son of David fell in love with Tamar, ( B) the beautiful sister of Absalom. Love. The magi have left after paying homage to the young Jesus. And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! The second beast of the land was said, in verse 4, to have worshipped the beast of the sea, The land beast represented the Palestinian persecutors, which were subordinate to the Roman emperor, having no authority, except as derived from him. Later, in verse 11, the second beast appeared on the land, as a satellite of the first beast, to execute his orders. And at once she straightened up, and she glorified God. 2 Corinthians 13:9 Context. 13:1: Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. Such is the sense in which the word ‘kings’ is used both in the Book of Daniel and in the Apocalypse, where there is nothing in the context to compel us to think of personality (comp. The distinction between land and sea, in these designations of the two beasts, is simply that the land in the vision stood for Palestine, and the sea for Rome, separated from Palestine by the sea, and symbolized as universal in sway. Ð¸ Ð´Ð°Ð» ÐµÐ¼Ñ Ð´ÑÐ°ÐºÐ¾Ð½ ÑÐ¸Ð»Ñ ÑÐ²Ð¾Ñ Ð¡Ð¼. Here we have the description of … Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the Sabbath.' Abideth.These three graces are fundamental and permanent; not transient, like the charisms, on which the Corinthians were priding themselves, but which should all be "annulled." Three things are mentioned; first, the power itself; secondly, the position from which it is exercised; and thirdly, the right to use it. Various interpreters explain the whole of this vision by different ways. thrononHence, our word “throne.” The word properly means a seat; then a high seat; then a throne, as that on which a king sits. Here all these features are combined, because the wild beast is a representative of all forms of world-power, which have been swift to shed blood: like a leopard leaping on the prey, tenacious and relentless as a bear, and all devouring (their throat is an open sepulchre) as a lion. V. App-172.1; Revelation 176:1. Revelation 9:11, is identical with the star from heaven. At the sound of their battle cry, God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 13:4 Not only in this verse, but in this whole chapter. This passage begins with a series of statements applying Christian principles to daily life, then transitions into a short-hand summary of the letter's major points. The form of the beast here is compounded of the different beasts in Daniel; quite naturally so, since the beast here images the ungodly power of the world as a whole, while in Daniel the different phases of this power are represented. Finding Christ in yourselves, by faith, ye may believe that He 'speaks in me' (2 Corinthians 13:3), by whose Not only is the sovereign power itself of God, but its abuse also is of him, when turned to lawless conquest or to the cruel persecution of the church, which requires to be chastised for her sins, exercised under the cross, perfected through sufferings, and prepared for her destiny. Do you think Jesus washed Judas’ feet? 3. Revelation 17:10 at once affords us the point from which to start. It could not, indeed, have been put in this form: Satan gave him. In addition to the ten-crowned horns, upon the heads of the beast the name of blasphemy was inscribed. The dragon, therefore, was personified in the emperor of the Roman empire. The fourth beast could not form part of the representation here, because nothing farther is said of it in Daniel, than that it was indescribably dreadful. This suggests he is parallel with the fourth beast, ‘terrible, powerful and exceedingly strong with great iron teeth’ (Daniel 7:7) which, at least initially, symbolises Rome, but in the end represents the mega-empire, summing up all empires of all ages. * 1 As he was making his way out of the temple area one of his disciples said to him, “Look, teacher, what stones and what buildings!” a 2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? If the name be made out by mutilations, by giving false letters, or abstracting true ones, almost any name can be made to fit. The dragon gave the seat and the power and the authority to the first beast. . Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft. In Septuagint it occurs Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 13:23. . Bossuet, bishop of Meaux, observes in the emperors Maximian Herculeus, Galerius Maximin, and Dioclesian, the distinguishing characters of these three animals. Revelation 13:2. The reader will remember the wild beasts which in vision hindered Dante when he sought to ascend the âpleasant mountââthe âcause and source of all delight.â The leopard, the lion, the wolf were symbols of luxuriousness, cruel ambition, and hungry and heartless avarice, which oppose men and nations when they seek the Holy Hill, where the light of God ever rests. In the passage before us also the power and authority which is given by Satan, is not an independent, but a derived one,âone that comes from hell, but, at the same time, descends from heaven ; as the angel of the abyss in ch. The dragon of chap. It sums up the paragraph. . Obedience in Authority. In this chapter the apostle threatens to be severe against obstinate sinners, and assigns the reason thereof (2 Corinthians 13:1-6); then he makes a suitable prayer to God on the behalf of the Corinthians, with the reasons inducing him thereto (2 Corinthians 13:7-10), and concludes his epistle with a valediction and a benediction, 2 Corinthians 13:11-14. As chapter 17 will make clear there is another wild beast, a scarlet beast (known elsewhere as the beast of the abyss), which, while encompassing Rome, signifies more than Rome. Yet it is not identical with the world-power in any one of its seven single and successive forms. 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, p for there is no authority except that which God has established. We see Rome symbolized in the “seven heads and ten horns.” Yet read what Paul says in Romans 13:1-7.]. It is probable that St. John has the Temptation in the wilderness as described by the earlier Evangelists in his eye. The Destruction of the Temple Foretold. 2 Samuel 13 - NIV: In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David. In Matthew 4:8-9, the devil takes Christ along with him to a very high mountain, and shews him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and says to him: "All these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me." And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Thessalonians 2:9). Leopard ... bear ... lion. Matthew 13:3 “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth … Not the smallest trace is to be found in Daniel of the fourth beast having been compounded of the three first. He warns them once more that nobody will be spared from Christ's discipline if they remain in sin. But by some this power is supposed to be that of heathen Rome, in which case the seven heads become the seven hills upon which Rome was built, or seven of its emperors. where there were no trees to hide the standard round which the forces that the prophet sees were to rally. Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑÐ½ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ Ðº ÑÑ. The seventh, resolvable into the ten horns, is no one definite kingdom. Zechariah 13:2. We have the interpretation in Jeremiah 13:23,"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard (panther) his spots? The objects represented by the heads of the beast must be kingdoms, not personal kings like the Emperors of Rome. And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. Matthew 13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) Chapter 13. (Jerome on Hosea 13:8, "Those who have written on the natures of animals say, that among all wild beasts, none are more savage than the bear, when it is hungry.") The throne of the dragon is, at the same time, the throne of the beast in ch. Obedience in Authority. Matthew 2:13 is the thirteenth verse of the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. In this respect it is really the ‘Little Horn’ of Daniel 7:8, before which ‘there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots,’ in order that it might take their place. 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