Genesis 3:19: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Genesis 3 by Holy Bible (KJV)

You come from the ground and you will leave this earth in the ground. This popular Bible passage speaks to mortality and impermanence.

The latter part is also known as “from dust to dust”, and later used in common language as “Dust in the Wind”, immortalized by Kansas’s “Dust in the Wind”.

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Mark 12:31: And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12 by Holy Bible (KJV)

This commandment puts the Law of Love above any and all other ways of operation. To live in the Word is to treat all peoples theological beliefs as equal and deserving of the utmost open mindedness and understanding, as long as it is inspired from a place of Love.

Internalization of the Word, (however inspired), leads to a love of self which leads to love of ones neighbor.

This phrase has become a colloquialism of modern culture, and is otherwise though of as the golden rule (do unto other as you would have them do unto you).

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Revelation 13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

This is an allusion to the Book of Life, a heavenly registry possessing the names of God’s people and is known to be a metaphor for salvation and election. Here, John further describes the Beast’s authority. Any person who has not been written in the Book of Life—the book containing all the names of Jesus’ (the lamb) followers—is considered a Satan worshiper, dedicated to pleasing the terrifying Beast at the right hand of the devil.

Also notice that the Lamb was ‘slain from the foundation of the world’, as if God had planned to save mankind from the very beginning.

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Revelation 13:7: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

The beast was given the power to orchestrate religious persecution against the Christians. The victims of this persecution, “the rest of her children,” are the children of the woman who fled the Dragon to begin with in 12.17.

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Revelation 13:6: And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

The beast took the Lord God’s name in vain and cursed any and all that are associated with Him or Heaven.

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Revelation 13:5: And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

Forty-two months (i.e. 1,260 days or three and a half years) is a common metaphorical period of eschatological suffering (a numerical sentence referenced in Dan 7.25; 12.7).

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Revelation 13:4: And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

In Greece, members of the imperial kingdom were expected to worship the emperor in addition to the traditional Greek and Roman gods.

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Revelation 13:3: And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

Continuing with the Greek allusions, the mortal wound to one of the Beasts heads is representative of Nero Caesar, a Roman Emperor who compmitted suicide in 68 C.E.; the wound also depicts the common belief that Nero returned from the dead.
In terms of parable, the story seems to suggest that Satan roams the earth to punish the believers. Even more terrifying is the fact that the entire earth follows the demon. It is likely that devil worship is symbolic of life choices, and that everyone, even the most pious worship false idols: material possessions, fortune, vice.

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March 16th, 2014

The wound here points to Antiochus IV, also known as Antiochus Epiphanes, who will return as the Antichrist in the latter days as stated in Daniel 11:36-45. Epiphane’s, being part of the “head” in the Greek Empire, death brought about the wound. His return will amaze the world. During his previous lifetime, he set up an abomination that desolates in the temple and that idol was Zeus. He also stopped the daily sacrifices, killed and enslaved the Jews, and is known as “the wicked one” by traditional Jews.

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Revelation 13:2: And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

The Antichrist is a compilation of the four beasts from Daniels first vision (Dan 7.3-7)—beast like a lion, beast like a bear, beast like a leopard, and the fourth beast. Some religious theorists posit that the Beast is representative of the Greek empire post- Alexander the Great (323 B.C.E.). At this point, the empire was divided into four parts: Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Rome: analogous to the four animals that compose the Beast. Moreover, the seven heads are elucidated later in Revelations 17:9-10: “seven mountains on which the woman sits, and they are seven kings,” symbolizing seven successive rulers. The ten horns are metaphors for power. Yet, applied to this particular passage the horns represent ten subordinate kings or kingdoms.

In the Greek parallel, the transfer of power from Dragon to Beast symbolizes Rome and its emperors are Satanic emissaries.

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Revelation 13:1: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Revelation 13 by Holy Bible (KJV)

This passage introduces the two beasts that emerge to serve the aforementioned dragon. Prefaced in Chapter 12, the dragon attempted to kidnap the heavenly woman’s newborn child. To the dragon’s dismay, God protects both the child and woman; subsequently, a war breaks out between the dragon and Michael and his angels. The great serpent is revealed to be Satan, or the Devil, and is lashed down to Earth from the Heavens by Michael. On Earth, the Dragon once again attempts to pursue the woman who had earlier given birth to a male child. She escapes with the help of Mother Nature, who swallows the flood from the Dragon’s mouth in order to protect her and facilitate her escape. Outraged by its failure, the Dragon condemns anyone who keeps the “commandments of God and hold[s] the testimony of Jesus.”

Standing by the seashore, the Dragon awaits the emergence of the beast. The beast rises out of the sea, which conjures images of the “bottomless pit” (9.1) that John describes earlier in his prophecy. Bottomless pits house the deceased; more importantly, however, they imprison demons and Satan himself as described in Enoch 18-21. The Beast possesses some unique features (to be explained later) including ten diadems (a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty) on its horns and possessed blasphemous names (divine titles such as “Lord,” “Savior,” or “Son of God”) on its heads.

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March 16th, 2014

7 heads here equal 7 kingdoms. The ten horns are kings and the crowns are the power given to each of these kings.

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