Part 3a - The Second Scroll: Warfare (Seven Visions & Plagues) [12-16]

note: these are very brief notes

chart of the second scroll (pdf format)

A. Seven Visions of Warfare

1. The Woman [12:1-2]

2. The Great Red Dragon [12:3-6]

3. War in Heaven, Dragon thrown down to earth [12:7-18]

4. Beast from the Sea [13:1-10]

5. Beast from the land (False Prophet) [13:11-18]

Number of the Beast

6. The Lamb with the 144,000 (hour of judgement) [14:1-13]

7. Judgement begins [14:14-20]

Summary of Seven Visions of Warfare

  1. God promised to his people that they would eventually give birth to a Messiah, but there are many attempts to destroy the line of Jesus
  2. These attempts are from Satan, the dragon, but Jesus is born and later ascends to heaven, and the Satan turns his attack on God’s people
  3. Jesus’ victory on the cross was Satan’s defeat and he is no longer able to accuse believers
    • He attacks God’s people, but they are supernaturally preserved, just like Elijah and Israel were
  4. Satan’s opposition to Christians begins to be through anti-God kingdoms (the beast from the sea)
    • There are a series of these kingdoms which eventually culminate in a particularly evil one that is the manifestation of anti-christ
    • This time ends with an intense persectution and martyrdom of Christians, the “Great Tribulation”
  5. The final member of the anti-trinity is the false prophet, (the beast from the earth)
    • He does supernatural signs and wonders and makes people worship the anti-christ
    • He puts a mark on unbelievers which is a fake of the sealing of the Spirit
  6. But Jesus is assembling all the true belivers, whose worship song is amazing and can’t be faked
    • events rapidly hasten towards the final judgement
  7. Jesus appears in the clouds and judgement begins

B. Seven Plagues (bowls poured out)

Summary of Seven Plagues (bowls poured out)

  1. — 4. the earth is damaged by plagues, but the true believers are not hurt
  1. The beast causes darkness and extreme pain. This was supposed to lead people to repent, but (most of them) refused to
  2. A demonic-inspired army is raised up for the final confrontation (this may or may not be literal)
  3. Creation comes to an end

Updated on 2011-05-27 by Andrew Fountain -

Daniel 7

  1. In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter.
  2. Daniel declared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.
  3. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.
  4. The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it.
  5. And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’
  6. After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
  7. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
  8. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
  9. As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.
  10. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
  11. I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.
  12. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
  13. I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.
  14. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
  15. “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me.
  16. I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things.
  17. ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth.
  18. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’
  19. “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet,
  20. and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions.
  21. As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them,
  22. until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.
  23. “Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
  24. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.
  25. He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
  26. But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
  27. And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.’
  28. “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”