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Lesson 9 - Satan and His Allies

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Overall Question:   Who are some of the people and what are some of the organizations mentioned in Scripture who help the devil?

Memory Text: Revelation 12:17 Modern English Version Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and he went to wage war with the remnant of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.


Sunday – The Beast from the Sea

Revelation 13:1-4 New Century Version Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, and there was a crown on each horn. A name against God was written on each head. 2 This beast looked like a leopard, with feet like a bear’s feet and a mouth like a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave the beast all of his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast looked as if it had been killed by a wound, but this death wound was healed. Then the whole world was amazed and followed the beast. 4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given his power to the beast. And they also worshiped the beast, asking, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against it?”

Revelation 13:2 SDA Bible Commentary Behind this activity was Satan, seeking to exterminate the church. When he found that his efforts to annihilate the followers of Christ through persecution proved unavailing, he altered his tactics and sought to lure the church away from Christ through the establishment of a vast counterfeit religious system. Instead of working directly through paganism the dragon now worked behind the facade of a professedly Christian organization, hoping thereby to disguise his identity.

Revelation 13:3 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY There was a gradual revival in papal life in the years following the revolution in France. The papacy suffered a new setback when in 1870 the Papal States were taken from it. A significant event occurred in 1929 when the Lateran Treaty restored temporal power to the pope, who was given the rule of Vatican City, a section of the city of Rome about 108.7 acres in extent. However, the prophet envisioned a much greater restoration. He saw the wound completely healed, as the Greek implies. Following the healing he saw “all that dwell upon the earth,” except a faithful few, worshiping the beast. This is still future. Though the papacy receives homage from certain groups, vast populations show it no deference. But that is to change.

Revelation 13:8 New Living Translation And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.

Revelation 17:8 Common English Bible The beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. Those who live on earth, whose names haven’t been written in the scroll of life from the time the earth was made, will be amazed when they see the beast, because it was and is not and will again be present.


Monday – The Activities of the Sea Beast

Revelation 13:5-8 Contemporary English Version 5 The beast was allowed to brag and claim to be God, and for forty-two months it was allowed to rule. 6 The beast cursed God, and it cursed the name of God. It even cursed the place where God lives, as well as everyone who lives in heaven with God. 7 It was allowed to fight against God’s people and defeat them. It was also given authority over the people of every tribe, nation, language, and race. 8 The beast was worshiped by everyone whose name wasn’t written before the time of creation in the book of the Lamb who was killed.

Revelation 13:6 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY This power presumes to set up his temple on earth, and thus draws the attention of the people away from the sanctuary in heaven…this power seeks to cast down the work of this sanctuary. The heavenly ministry of the sacrifice of Christ is discounted, and the sacrifice of the mass on earth is substituted.

Revelation 13:6 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY That dwell in heaven. The reference is probably to the members of the Godhead and those associated with them in service for mankind. This has been fulfilled in part in the Catholic claim to have power to forgive sins, also in ascribing powers and virtues to Mary that apply only to Christ. Thus the minds of men are turned away from the heavenly mediatorial work of Jesus to the confessional on earth.

Daniel 7:24-25 Easy-to-Read Version 4 The ten horns are ten kings that will come from this fourth kingdom. After those ten kings are gone, another king will come. He will be different from the kings who ruled before him. He will defeat three of the other kings. 25 This special king will say things against God Most High, and he will hurt and kill God’s special people. That king will try to change the times and laws that have already been set. God’s holy people will be under that king’s power for three and one-half years.

2 Thessalonians 2:2-12 New Living Translation 2 Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. 3 Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. 4 He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. 5 Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? 6 And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. 7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. 9 This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.


Tuesday – The Beast Arising Out of the Earth

Revelation 13:11 Modern English Version Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon.

Revelation 13:11 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Out of the earth. The first beast arose out of the sea. The four beasts of Dan. 7 also arose from the sea (v. 3). Since “sea” represents peoples and nations, “earth” may reasonably be assumed to represent a sparsely settled region. The nation thus represented would therefore not arise by war, conquest, and occupation, but would develop into greatness in a region of few inhabitants. Adventist commentators have seen in this second beast a symbol of the United States of America. This power accurately fulfills the specifications of the prophecy. When the first beast was going into captivity in 1798 the United States was growing into prominence and power. The nation arose, not in the Old World, with its teeming multitudes, but in the New World, with its relatively few inhabitants.

Revelation 13:11 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY There is a striking contradiction between the appearance and actions of the beast. In appearance it is gentle and apparently harmless, but in action it is persecuting and cruel, as vs. 12–18 reveal. When the prophecy is applied to the United States it is immediately apparent that fulfillment of the prediction is future. The United States today continues to maintain the principles of freedom guaranteed in the Constitution. The manner in which a change in policy will be brought about is outlined in the present prophecy. The change comes in connection with the final crisis immediately preceding the time when “the kingdoms of this world … become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ”..

Revelation 12:14-16 New International Reader’s Version 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle. She was given these wings so that she could fly away. She could fly to the place prepared for her in the desert. There she would be taken care of for three and a half years. She would be out of the serpent’s reach. 15 Then out of his mouth the serpent spit water like a river. He wanted to catch the woman and sweep her away in the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman. It opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had spit out.


Wednesday – The Image of the Beast

Revelation 13:12-13 New Century Version 12 This beast stands before the first beast and uses the same power the first beast has. By this power it makes everyone living on earth worship the first beast, who had the death wound that was healed. 13 And the second beast does great miracles so that it even makes fire come down from heaven to earth while people are watching.

Revelation 13:12 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY What is here envisioned is a universal movement under the leadership of Satan, who is seeking to secure for himself the allegiance of the inhabitants of this earth. He will succeed in uniting the various religious elements and in securing the loyalty of men to the new organization patterned after the old.

Revelation 13:13 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Among the signs he works are conspicuous ones that attract the attention of men. The bringing down of fire from heaven may be an attempt to counterfeit the miracle on Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18:17–39). As the ancient sign gave evidence of the power of the true God, so the beast will make it appear that God is supporting his program. Seventh-day Adventists expect these miracles to come through the agency of spiritism.

1 Kings 18:38 New English Translation Then fire from the Lord fell from the sky. It consumed the offering, the wood, the stones, and the dirt, and licked up the water in the trench.

Acts 2:3 Common English Bible They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them.


Thursday – The Mark of the Beast

Revelation 13:16-17 Easy-to-Read Version 16 The second beast also forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark put on their right hand or on their forehead. 17 No one could buy or sell without this mark. (This mark is the name of the beast or the number of its name.)

Revelation 13:16 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Adventist interpreters understand this mark to be not a literal brand but some sign of allegiance that identifies the bearer as loyal to the power represented by the beast.

Revelation 13:16 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Adventists hold that simultaneously the third angel’s message will warn against the reception of the mark (ch. 14:9–11). This message, swelling into a loud cry (ch. 18:1–4), will enlighten men as to the issues involved. When the issues are thus clearly before them, and men nevertheless choose to support an institution of the beast, observing it and disobeying God’s Sabbath command, they thereby show their allegiance to the beast power and receive the mark.

Deuteronomy 6:4-8 Good News Translation 4 “Israel, remember this! The Lord—and the Lord alone—is our God. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. 8 Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder.

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Some may try to interpret Revelation in term of the past, but more likely it is all future events.

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