Jesus in Revelation (46)

The beasts in Revelation 13 – The dragon became enraged.

“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against rest of her offspring – those who keep God’s commandments and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. The dragon stood on the shore of the sea.” Revelation 12:17; 13:1. Some translations have it, “And I stood on the shore”; however, it seems more appropriate to translate as above because the dragon is the subject of the last verse of chapter 12. The first verse of chapter 13 belongs to chapter 12. The New English Translation has the first line of chapter 13 as part of chapter 12. The translator’s notes in the NET Bible state that better manuscripts have it as “the dragon stood…” The punctuation in the Greek New Testament can pose difficulty in determining whether the “stood” is in the first or third person. The third person, “he stood,” is more probable and logical.

Nevertheless, in the spirit of the freedom of choice, the reader can choose one or the other. However, this author prefers that the entire first verse of chapter 13 belongs to the end of chapter 12. The subject of the last part of chapter 12 would remain intact. There is a legitimate reason why the dragon stood on the “sand of the seashore’.

The readers of the book of revelation should keep in mind that John observed the vision; he did not participate in it. John did not have to stand on a seashore. He observed an event in progress on the seashore. The readers must also notice that the dragon is not going into the sea but is standing on the shore waiting for something to appear from the sea. He is not immersed in but influencing from the periphery. An implied question here is, why is the dragon standing on the seashore but not going into the sea? What does the sea represent? “Then the angel said to me, ‘The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” Revelation 17:15. Therefore, that the dragon stood on the periphery of the peoples and nations but is not going among them indicates that his power now is limited. He is no longer the prince of this world. That is why he is limited. Jesus overthrew Satan, so he is no longer the ruler of this world. Jesus said concerning His crucifixion, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” John 12:31. In John 16:33, Jesus assures the believers that He ‘has overcome the world.’

In the garden in Eden, Satan did not have the right nor power to take possession of this world by force. The inhabitants of the planet earth had to give it to him. Satan lost his home in heaven, and he needed to gain another home. He did not approach the first man – Adam directly; why not, we do not know? However, Adam had to make a willful and deliberate decision to give the planet earth to Satan as his principality. Adam, and the whole future humankind, was not the owner of this planet; only its administrator. However, the planet earth is the only home humankind has. Satan proceeded to entice the administrator of the property indirectly; through Adam’s helper for procreation. He approached the woman. Genesis 3:1 – 2. Here also, in a way, we can see that Satan is not going to humankind but influencing it from the periphery. He did not even attempt to convince Adam himself. Satan now does not have a home because Jesus took it away from him. Therefore, he is on a periphery waiting for humanity to make a willful and deliberate decision in his favor. Will he succeed? Read the ensuing blogs.

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Dan Lazich

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