Bible: Revelation 13:7-18

13:7 The beast 1  was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 2  He was given ruling authority 3  over every tribe, people, 4  language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 5  everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 6  in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 7  13:9 If anyone has an ear, he had better listen!

13:10 If anyone is meant for captivity,

into captivity he will go.

If anyone is to be killed by the sword, 8 

then by the sword he must be killed.

This 9  requires steadfast endurance 10  and faith from the saints.

13:11 Then 11  I saw another beast 12  coming up from the earth. He 13  had two horns like a lamb, 14  but 15  was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 16  exercised all the ruling authority 17  of the first beast on his behalf, 18  and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 19  performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 20  13:14 and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he deceived those who live on the earth. He told 21  those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived. 13:15 The second beast 22  was empowered 23  to give life 24  to the image of the first beast 25  so that it could speak, and could cause all those who did not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 13:16 He also caused 26  everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 27 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 28  or sell things 29  unless he bore 30  the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 31  13:18 This calls for wisdom: 32  Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 33  and his number is 666. 34 

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