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Revelation

The dragon stood on the sand by the sea. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads. On its horns were ten crowns, and on its heads a blasphemous name. The beast that I saw was like a leopard, and its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave the beast his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. One of the beast’s heads looked as if it had been killed, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was amazed and followed the beast. They worshiped the dragon because he had given his authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and said, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war against him?” The beast was given a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and he was given ruling authority for forty-two months. So he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name and His dwelling place, that is, those who live in heaven. He was permitted to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. Ruling authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation was given to him. All who live on earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed from the foundation of the world. Whoever has ears, listen! If anyone has to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires perseverance and the faith of the saints. Then I saw another beast coming up from the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercises all the ruling authority of the first beast on his behalf. He makes the earth and those who live in it worship the first beast, the one whose fatal wound had been healed. He performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in front of people. He deceives those who live on the earth by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast. He told those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was empowered to give breath to the image of the beast so that it could speak and could cause all those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He also causes everyone, small and great, rich and poor, and free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads. And no one would be able to buy or sell unless he has that mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, as it is a man’s number, and his number is 666.

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