The Image of the BeastGod said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be likeourselves…’ So God created human beings in his own image.In the image of God he created them; male and female hecreated them… The LORD God formed the man from thedust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into themans nostrils, and the man became a living person. -- Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7 (NLT)
Beast Power vs. Lamb Power The Sea Beast The Lamb• Fathered by the Dragon • Birthed (mothered) by the woman• Blasphemous titles (like “Son of God”) • Son of God• Slaughtered then resurrected • Slaughtered and resurrected• Given authority by the dragon • Given the Sealed Scroll• Wearing 10 crowns on Earth • Rules in Heaven
Beast Power vs. Lamb Power Jesus is “the Lamb that was slaughtered from the foundation of the world.” – Revelation 13:8
Whose Side are You on? The Land Beast The Church• Led by Sea Beast, Sounds like Dragon • Shepherded by the Lamb• Bears witness to the Sea Beast • Bears witness to the Lamb• Does wonders in the Beast’s name • Does wonders in the Lamb’s name• Shows the world the Beast’s image • Shows the world the Lamb’s image• Seals with the Beast’s Mark • Believers are sealed by God
Beast Power vs. Lamb Power 1. What false image(s) of humanity does our culture celebrate? 2. How does the Church participate in perpetuating them? 3. What does taking the Beast’s mark look like today? 4. How are we reduced to commodities? How can the Church resist this?
For Next WeekRead chapter 14-16.• What similarities do you see to what’s already happened in Revelation?• In light of what’s happening so far in this vision, how does this fit in?• What’s confusing? What’s clear?BONUS: What do the two harvests in 14 represent?